Pérez received a Los Angeles Kings jersey with his name emblazoned across the back as he welcomed the Stanley Cup to the California Capitol on Tuesday afternoon. He held the event to honor the reigning National Hockey League champion Kings, who defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games to capture their first championship.
"Entire generations have grown up mystified by the skill, the tenacity and the dedication it takes to become a world champion and earn the right to have possession of this cup," Pérez said, standing next to the gleaming silver trophy.
Pérez was flanked by Tim Leiweke, president and chief executive officer of AEG and governor of the Los Angeles Kings, and Luc Robitaille, a Hall of Fame hockey player who is now the Kings' president for business operations.
A line of hockey fans, many of them sporting Kings colors, stretched out of the room and wrapped around the hallway.
PHOTO CREDIT: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez smiles as he receives an honorary Los Angeles Kings jersey, Jan. 15, 2013 by Jeremy B. White / Sacramento Bee.
VIDEO: AEG's Tim Leiweke, at the state Capitol with the Stanley Cup and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, talks about his company's interest in the Sacramento Kings and an arena project here.