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NHL Kings Prepare Banner Ceremony; Leiweke Says Team Willing To Spend To Win Again
Published January 11, 2013
ROOM IN THE RAFTERS: Leiweke: "When you wait 45 years to win a Cup, the last thing you want to do is wait to raise that banner. I think for our fans, in particular, asking them to wait another three months was not a great process. They were as equally as frustrated as we were." He added, "To me, the most important thing is winning again. ... This was never about winning a Cup. This was about creating a legacy." ESPN L.A.'s Arash Markazi noted Leiweke is "so confident the Kings will be adding more than one banner to Staples Center in the coming years that he and the team decided to raise the Kings' Stanley Cup championship banner and hang it from the rafters, as opposed to placing it on the wall with the other championship banners and retired jerseys from the Kings, Lakers and Sparks." He said, "We’re going to do something different, so we have room to hang the others" (ESPNLA.com, 1/10). YAHOO SPORTS' Greg Wyshynski noted the Kings also will "receive their championship rings on opening day." An image of the rings "showed up on Instagram on Thursday night" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/10).