The Los Angeles Kings have received their fair share of congratulations and compliments on their Stanley Cup win, but few words will resonate more than those from one of the team's all-time greats.
"It is a great day for hockey," Wayne Gretzky told TSN's Pierre LeBrun on Tuesday.
"(It) couldn't have happened to a nicer group of management and coaches that believed in a team that clearly took their play to another level. All hard work and very unselfish, they became true champions."
Gretzky played eight seasons with the Kings from 1988 to 1996 and led them to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993.
He received a loud standing ovation at the Staples Center prior to Game 3 between the Kings and Devils after being introduced to drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff.
Until then, Gretzky tried to keep a low profile during the Kings' playoff run because he didn't want to take any attention away from the accomplishments of the team.
"The biggest thing of all is that those two teams both earned the right to get there and both had worked so hard," he told TSN's Pierre LeBrun last month. "I just really felt it wasn't my place to sort of steal some of the attention away from the players and the organizations that worked so hard to get there. I thought it was just best to stay on the sidelines."