The Los Angeles Kings are a professional NHL hockey franchise based out of Los Angeles, California. The team was founded in 1967 as an expansion franchise, and currently competes in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the NHL. The Kings play their home games at Staples Center in downtown, Los Angeles.
The Kings' team colors are black, white, and grey. They are led by team captain, Dustin Brown.
Arena: Staples Center
Former Home Arenas: Long Beach Sports Arena (part of 1967), Los Angeles Sports Arena (part of 1967);
The Forum (1967-1999)
Uniform colors: Purple, black, and silver
Logo design: A silver crown outlined in purple and black.
Stanley Cups won: none
Added in the NHL's 1967 expansion, along with the Minnesota North Stars, Oakland Seals, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues.
The turn of the century brought with it major changes for the Los Angeles Kings.
Current owners Phillip F. Anchultz and Edward P. Roski took control of the team in 1995 and then hired General Manager Dave Taylor to take over the hockey operations following the 1996-97 season. Taylor took no time turning the Kings around, with the team posting 90-point seasons each season from 1999-2002.
It was also during the 1999-00 season that the Kings found a new castle, moving from the Forum into the state-of-the art STAPLES Center.
A symbol of the team's changing fortunes came in the first round of the 2001 playoffs against a heavily favored Detroit team. Up two games to one going into Game 4, Detroit held a 3-0 advantage with eight minutes remaining in the third period. What happened next has earned the moniker as "The Frenzy on Figueroa" within Kings nation.
Seldom-used forward Scott Thomas finally got Los Angeles on the board at the 13:53 mark and Jozef Stumpel lit the crowd up with another goal less than four minutes later. Finally, Brian Smolinski tied the game with just 53 seconds left, whipping the STAPLES Center crowd into a craze. In the overtime, the Kings' Adam Deadmarsh stole the puck and hit Eric Belanger for the game-winner, lifting Los Angeles to a magical come-from-behind win. L.A. would go on to win take the next two games of the series, completing one of the biggest playoff comebacks in recent memory.
While players like Robitaille, Deadmarsh, Palffy, Mattias Norstrom and Ian Laperriere have all donned Kings sweaters over the past few years, it is the Kings future which has Kings fans the most excited.
Hockey in Los Angeles, what a concept!!!!!
Other teams in the Western Conference:
3.0 out of 5 stars
Ryan from said...
"i was in la to see some family, and the canucks were in town to play the kings. If it wasn't the canucks i wouldn't have gone to the game but i decided to go cheer on my home town team in la. I have to admit, they have some odd hockey fans there, it's almost like they don't know how to react to things, but the building isn't a bad place to watch hockey. The Staples Centre is fairly new, and you have a good view from anywhere in the building, especially with most of the seats in the lower bowl. Like I said, this isn't a hockey town so for a canadian guy I found they do a lot away from the game itself to try and bring people back. It's clear that the Lakers own the fans in ths town, but the kings have a great building, and I think with the right team on the ice they could be one of the hottest tickets in town."
Bottom line: Ryan would recommend this event to their best friend