Part time Venetian Willie Mitchell, the Canadian born defenseman for the LA Kings (who has a loft off of Abbot Kinney, but calls Vancouver home) spent part of his "24 hours with the cup" showing it the sights around Venice Beach today. Mitchell walked the cup around Abbot Kinney, took it to the beach and also posed for pictures with it under the Venice Sign.
Willie Mitchell on Abbot Kinney outside of the Other Room
Picture by Leah Ornstein
The cup headed from Venice to Manhattan Beach, where Valerie Vanderwest saw it (as of 3pm) kicking it on the beach yet again!
June 17, 2009
I asked Valerie, who took the picture of the Cup in Manhattan Beach, if I could add her story about the picture here. She said OK:
So random. My boyfriend and I were on a bike ride along the path when we saw the commotion around the police truck today.
The back door was open and people were very excited, taking pictures, etc.
Is it bad that my first thought was that some celebrity was getting arrested?
The truck was close to the bike path and I caught a glimpse of the trophy as I rode by.
I went another 10 yards before it registered, so we stopped.
By that time the truck had moved further down the beach, but word had spread that it was the Stanley Cup and people were chasing the police truck. They finally stopped and took the trophy out again.
It was pretty awesome to watch people just dump their bikes on the path and run out there.
A father and a daughter were riding together when he saw it being held up in the crowd, right about the time I took the picture.
He jumped off his bike and yelled, "it's the Stanley Cup! We gotta see that!"
The daughter is jumping off her bike going, "what is it?!"
As the Dad is huffing it through the sand you could hear him saying, "BEST FATHERS DAY EVER!"