Former Kings greats Rogie Vachon and Marcel Dionne stood on each and of the Kings Stanley Cup championship banner.

The Greene family, which lost its daughter, 6-year-old Ana-Marquez Greene, in the Sandy Hook shooting, held the banner in the middle. Their8-year-old son plays hockey.

From two hockey greats and a family that is carrying on despite tragedy, they passed the Kings banner to captains Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Matt Greene.

The Los Angeles Kings accepted their rings, paraded the Stanley Cup around the ice, and then raised the Championship banner to the rafters. The Kings then
The Los Angeles Kings accepted their rings, paraded the Stanley Cup around the ice, and then raised the Championship banner to the rafters. The Kings then welcomed the Chicago Blackhawks to the ice at Staples Center to start off the 2013-2014 season. Los Angeles, CA 1/19/2013 (photos by John McCoy/Staff Photographer) (John McCoy)

They skated carefully with their rare find, from the East end of the ice to the West end, with flashbulbs popping and cheers and awe, the banner was raised on Saturday at Staples Center.

The Kings and their fans have waited 45 years to raise a Stanley Cup championship banner, and that dream was finally realized in front of a sold out arena.

Everything didn't go the Kings way, as Chicago rained on the parade a bit with a5-2 victory over the Kings. The banner still hangs, but it does give pause about what the 2013 version of the Kings will look like.

The Blackhawks used a 3-goal first period to quiet the 18,545 fans. Chicago made it4-0 early in the second period, with goaltender Jonathan Quick struggled in goal.

Rob Scuderi and Jordan Nolan scored for the Kings to avoid the shutout, but 15 seconds after Nolan's goal to cut the deficit to 4-2, Chicago scored again on Marian Hossa's second goal.

Still, fans who paid big bucks have a memorable ceremony.

The NHL lockout has lifted, and this long overdue ceremony finally happened.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was here Saturday, but he was not on the ice for the ceremonies.

Each player,coach and trainer and massage therapist were introduced and honored by longtime Kings broadcaster Bob Miller. Goaltender Jonathan Quick,who allowed an average of 1.95 goals per game in a magical season,was cheered the loudest of any Kings player. Brown, Dustin Penner, Jeff Carter and the rest of the Kings who guided the Kings to a 16-4 dominant and improbable run through the playoffs were introduced.

The day started with a video tribute and moment of silence for David Courtney, the longtime Kings public address announcer who died recently.

And then there was a game.

Pia Toscano sang the National Anthem, as she did for all of the home playoff games. When you find something that works, you stick with her.

Dustin Brown skates with the Stanly Cup. The Los Angeles Kings accepted their rings, paraded the Stanley Cup around the ice, and then raised the
Dustin Brown skates with the Stanly Cup. The Los Angeles Kings accepted their rings, paraded the Stanley Cup around the ice, and then raised the Championship banner to the rafters. The Kings then welcomed the Chicago Blackhawks to the ice at Staples Center to start off the 2013-2014 season. (John McCoy / Staff Photographer)

The puck was dropped, and the magic gave way to the start of another season.

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