The championship L.A. Kings did not stop in Inglewood during their victory parade through the South Bay on Wednesday. But, an iconic Inglewood fixture threw its full support behind the team nonetheless.
Anyone traveling south on La Cienega at Manchester, or exiting the 405 Freeway south, can’t help but notice how the huge donut on top of Randy’s Donuts was recently transformed into a gigantic hockey puck. The impressive sign, bearing the hockey team’s logo, reads, “Randy’s Donuts, Go Kings Go!”
The Kings parade made its way through the South Bay beach cities of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach.
Kings captain Dustin Brown held the Stanley Cup above his head from a police SWAT vehicle. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick threw cans of beer to cheering fans at the rally.
The first parade was held in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, but the South Bay held its own because many of the players live in the Beach Cities.
Hermosa Beach is home to Brown, Drew Doughty, Jarret Stoll and Jeff Carter. Justin Williams, the NHL’s postseason MVP, goalie Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar and Trevor Lewis live in Manhattan Beach.
Randy’s Donuts has been an Inglewood institution since 1953. On May 23, the night before the Kings took a 2-1 series lead over the Blackhawks, the giant iconic donut that sits on the roof of the shop was transformed, This is the second victory for the Kings in three years.
On May 27, the Kings hosted a special fan giveaway at Randy’s Donuts, giving out free glazed donuts. Luc Robitaille, Kings President, Business Operations, said “The donut and the LA Kings are both extremely recognizable in our community. We believe it is a great match and our fans will have fun with it during this exciting time."
Larry Weintraub, co-owner of Randy’s Donuts, said during the playoffs, that he hoped the sign would stay a puck “throughout the playoffs, culminating with another Stanley Cup victory for the LA Kings.” His wish came true.