Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California who play as members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). With the desire of the NHL to expand into new territory, the Kings were one of six teams who won franchises for the 1967 season. Their home stadium for thirty two years was led The Forum in Inglewood, California (a suburb of Los Angeles) but since the 1999-2000 season the Kings have been based at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. The Kings’ club colors are silver black and white.
During the 1970s and early 1980s, the Kings had many years marked by impressive play in the regular season only to be washed out by early playoff exits. Their highlights included the strong goaltending of Rogie Vachon, and the "Triple Crown Line" of Charlie Simmer, Dave Taylor and Hall of Fame player Marcel Dionne, who had a famous upset of the uprising Edmonton Oilers in a 1982 playoff game known as the Miracle on Manchester. In 1988, the Kings traded with the Oilers to get their captain Wayne Gretzky, leading to a successful phase of the franchise that raised hockey's popularity in Los Angeles. Gretzky, fellow Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille and defenseman Rob Blake led the Kings to the franchise's sole division title in 1990–91.
After the 1993 Finals, the Kings entered financial problems which brought about a sustained period of highly mediocre results. Things only improved after a six-year playoff drought in the 2009–10 season, with a team that included goaltender Jonathan Quick, defenseman Drew Doughty, and forwards Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams. Under Coach Darryl Sutter, who was hired early in the 2011–12 season, the Kings have won two Stanley Cups in three years: 2012, over the New Jersey Devils, and 2014, against the New York Rangers. Quick and Williams respectively won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.
Let’s just mention a few outstanding LA Kings players starting with Jonathan Quick who has played for the Kings since 2007 during which time he has been in two teams that have won the Stanley Cup. He also had the distinction of being in the USA team that won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. When Marcel Dionne signed for the Kings it was the richest deal in hockey history and he went on to play from 1975-1987. He was the Kings’ all-time top scorer with 1307 points. Close behind him with 1154 points comes Luc Robitaille who spent fourteen seasons, over three different stints, with the Kings and holds several franchise records.
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