Bryan Steffy / WireImage
Friday, June 20, 2014 | 7 p.m.
What’s an NHL champion team to do after winning its second Stanley Cup in three years? Go to Las Vegas to celebrate, of course!
The Los Angeles Kings and their shiny and silver Stanley Cup made their way to Michael and Jenna Morton’s new restaurant Crush in MGM Grand on Thursday night, then walked over to nearby nightspot Beacher’s Madhouse to continue the celebration.
The ice-hot hockey stars hit the Strip nearly one week after defeating the New York Rangers 4 games to 1 in the 2014 NHL Championships, the final match in the series in overtime, no less.
Drew Doughty, Jarret Stoll, Matt Greene, Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez, who scored the Cup-winning goal in OT, were among the Kings in town.
MGM President and COO Scott Sibella, Crush owner Jenna Morton and John O’Donnell greeted the Kings at Crush. The crowd at Beacher’s Madhouse included party ringleader Jeff Beacher, Paris Hilton, who is in town for the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival, and “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock.
Meantime, the NHL trophies, in celebration of the 2014 NHL Awards on Tuesday at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas, will be on display through 8 p.m. Sunday at MGM Grand’s lobby. Eighteen of them — including the Hart Memorial Trophy (team MVP), Vezina Trophy (top goaltender), Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie) and James Norris Memorial Trophy (top defenseman) — are part of the presentation.
The Stanley Cup will be on display Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. (yes, for only one hour). The Kings return to Las Vegas for “Frozen Fury 16: Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche” on Saturday, Oct. 4, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Thanks to Bryan Steffy of WireImage for his photo gallery of the NHL champions on the Strip.
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