Los Angeles Kings

Sat, 14 Mar 2009 14:33

History of Los Angeles Kings

Information about the NHL team Los Angeles Kings.


The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team which are affiliated and are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the NHL or the National Hockey League. The group sprang up in February 6, 1966 when Jack Kent Cooke gained the award of a National Hockey League expansion franchise in the aforementioned place. Their home was then in Inglewood, California which is the suburb of Los Angeles for 32 years before they moved out to Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles to begin the 1999-2000 gaming season. The team was called the forum before they left for another home base.

At the beginning of the existence of the Kings, they did not have the necessary victories enough to make them such a glorious team. They have not had a great deal of success in their history and their winning was once in 1990 to 1991 in which they experienced their failing to get out of the first round of the playoffs 12 times out of the 24 seasons they qualified for post-season play. Good thing though, they got the high point in their franchise history when they won their conference championship for once, which allowed them to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals in the 1992 to 1993 season, only to lose in the game series to the Montreal Canadiens in five games. The Anaheim Ducks were the only team players that were deemed their closest rival and who played really near them, at 56 kilometers to the south of Anaheim. Speaking about Kings, it is very interesting to know about their history to know how they strived hard to exist and to play to show their enthusiasm to win. The history of the Los Angeles Kings will be detailed in chronological order as below.

1966 up to the present

As mentioned earlier, the Los Angeles Kings is the result of a certain franchise expansion in Los Angeles, California in 1966 through Jack Kent Cooke who received the award for expansion during the early days of February of the same year. Through this event, the old team, which was then called The Forum, had been embraced to become the franchise members of the National Hockey League team.

Prior to the arrival of the Kings in Los Angeles, California, the Pacific Coast Hockey League or PCHL and the Western Hockey League or WHL both had several teams in California such as the PCHL's Los Angeles Monarch of the 1930s and the WHL's Los Angeles Blades of the 1960s. Los Angeles is one of those places that have expatriates from Canada and Northeastern United States that led Cooke to see these places as a natural fan base.

When the National Hockey League decided to expand for the 1967 to 1968 season in the middle of rumbling, the WHL was opposing to turn itself into a major league and the one to compete for the Stanley Cup, Jack Kent Cooke, a Canadian entrepreneur, paid the National Hockey League $2 million to place one of those six expansion teams in Los Angeles. This was then the award of Cooke of one of the six National Hockey League expansion franchises that include the California Seals, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues. The team that had been awarded to Cooke was then named the Kings team and picked the first color of purple or forum blue and gold because these colors were traditionally affiliated with royalty. Cooke also owned the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association or NBA who also used the same color scheme of the Kings. Cooke had also wanted to play his new National Hockey League team in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena which was the home of the Lakers. The Los Angeles Coliseum Commission, however,  which was responsible for the management of the Sports Arena and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to the present day, had entered into an agreement with the Blades to play their games at Sports Arena. The owner of the Blades had also tried to land the National Hockey League expansion franchise in Los Angeles, California. The frustration which was brought by the disagreement among the Kings with regard to playing in the Sports Arena, made Cooke promise to himself that he will soon build his own Arena just as he was quoted as saying, "I am going to build my own Arena... I've had enough of this balderdash."

During the construction of the Arena, which Cooke himself had promised, the Forum was not yet complete as of the moment when the 1967-1968 season started. The Kings opened their first season at the Long Beach Arena in the neighboring city of Long Beach on the same year, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers with a score of 4-2. After two months, the Kings played their home games both at the sports Arena and at Long Beach. The Forum finally opened their doors on the same year with the Kings being shut out by the Flyers with a score of 2-0.

Many things had happened to the history of the Kings such as in the 32 season which at first, the Kings finished in second place in the Western Division with only one point behind the flyers. They had also the expansion team that had a winning record at home, but at the first round of the playoffs, were eliminated by the Minnesota North Stars and losing the seventh game at the forum on 1968 with a score of 9-4. The second season was behind to head coach Red Kelly that Kings finished fourth in the West Division at the final second playoff berth. After the eliminating the Oakland Seals in the beginning of the round of the playoffs in seven games, however, they were swept out of post-season play in the second round by the St. Louis Blues. After the fairly successful season, the Kings hit the hard times due to poor management. The attendance was then the hindrance to have a better team that led to Cooke to muse as to what the reason for many Northeastern and Canadians moving to the Southern part of California.

In 1973, the Kings hired Bob Miller as the play-by-play announcer who had held that post from time to time because Miller was actually the best announcer of hockey play-by-play then. This is not the success of the Kings, though, for they suffered a tremendous thing to their team. They tried to put something on their team to win but unfortunately, it wouldn't happen. They also tried to change what is necessary for them including the purchasing of their team for the opportunity to win. The Kings had seen their progress after the years past and also the possible arrangement of their strategies would do.

In 2006, the Kings signed in Philadelphia Flyers scout and former San Jose Sharks general manager Dean Lombardi as President and General Manager. He was signed for a five-year contract that gave the opportunity for the winning of the franchise for the future. At the present days of the team, there have been changing of their captain, the head coach, the manager and more. These show that the Kings are a team that does not want to lose hope. The Kings are great players who do not stop after their losing in many games.