Los Angeles Kings is an ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. LA Kings was founded in 1967 and started playing in NHL, when there was a six-team expansion in the same year. Kings has won two Stanley Cups, both in early 2010’s. For earlier time, the success of the team has been somewhat limited. But Kings had an important role to raise the popularity of ice hockey in western coast of America.

Basic information

The team colours of LA Kings are black, silver and white. The team’s key personnel include General manager Rob Blake and head coach Todd McLellan. LA Kings has one minor league affiliate team: Ontario Reign in AHL league. The home arena of LA Kings, Staples Center has been in use since year 1999. Apart from Kings, also basketball teams LA Lakers, LA Clippers and LA Sparks are using the arena. The capacity for ice hockey in Staples Center is appr. 18 000 seats.

History in a nutshell

LA Kings made it to the semi finals already on their second season in NHL. From season 1973-74 they were a frequent post-season team for almost a decade. The pinnacle of the LA Kings legacy was the acquisition of Wayne Gretzky in 1988. Suddenly they were the centre of the attention – new audiences in America found ice hockey interesting.

Gretzky and Kurri back together

Jari Kurri joined Gretzky in LA Kings a couple of years later and they took Kings to Stanley Cup finals in 1992-93. In mid-nineties, LA Kings went bankrupt and were sold to new owner group. Early 2000’s was difficult time for Kings, but for 2009-10 the build-up for the team was successful and the good spell after that was highlighted with two Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014.

Marcel Dionne – Little beaver from Canada

Canadian gentleman Marcel Dionne played twelve seasons in LA Kings Between 1975-87. Dionne’s career consisted of phenomenal 1348 regular season NHL games and 1771 points. The Hockey Fall of Fame member played also for Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers.

Luc Robitaille – president of LA Kings

Luc Robitaille served three periods in LA Kings and nowadays, Canadian left winger is the president of LA Kings. Robitaille won one Stanley Cup for Detroit Red Wings in 2002. His 1394 regular season points and eight All Star nominations make him one of the greatest players ever. Naturally Robitaille is also Hockey Hall of Fame member. There is a bronze statue of Luc Robitaille outside the Staples Center.

Rob Blake – General manager

The current General manager of LA Kings, Rob Blake, played eleven seasons for LA Kings. The sturdy defenceman won Olympic gold medal in Canadian national team in 2002 Salt Lake City games. Blake is also two-time World champion from years 1994 and 1997.

Other legends

The list of LA Kings legends is lengthy. The likes of Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick, Rogie Vachon and Jeff Carter would deserve their stories to be told here as well.