Los Angeles Kings

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Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Kings logo
founding February 9, 1966
history Los Angeles Kings
since 1967
Stadion Staples Center
Location Los Angeles , California
Team colors Black, white, aluminum gray
league National Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
division Pacific Division
Head coach CanadaCanada Todd McLellan
Team captain SloveniaSlovenia Anže Kopitar
General manager CanadaCanada Rob Blake
owner United StatesUnited States Philip F. Anschutz Edward Roski Jr.
United StatesUnited States
Cooperations Ontario Reign ( AHL )
Stanley Cups 2012 , 2014
Conference title 1992/93 , 2011/12 , 2013/14
Division title 1990/91

The Los Angeles Kings ( IPA : [ lɔːs ˈændʒələs kɪŋs ]) are an American ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from Los Angeles , California . It was founded on February 9, 1966 and began playing at the beginning of the 1967/68 season . The team colors are black, white and aluminum gray.

The Kings play their home games at the Staples Center and emerged from the major expansion of the league before the 1967/68 season, when the number of participants was increased from six to twelve. After the team had only very little sporting success in the first 20 years of its existence, on August 9, 1988, Wayne Gretzky signed what was probably the largest transfer coup in NHL history. With Gretzky, the team had its first successful period at the beginning of the 1990s and only missed winning the prestigious Stanley Cup in the final in the 1992/93 season . After the team was only able to reach the play-offs four times in the following 15 years, a sporting upswing followed at the beginning of the 2010s, which was crowned with the first Stanley Cup win in the 2011/12 season . This success was repeated in 2014 .


The "Forum Blue and Gold" years (1967 to 1988)

Already in the early 1960s there were various ice hockey franchises from California in the Pacific Coast Hockey League and the Western Hockey League , which enjoyed great success there, and there was also a large number of Canadian emigrants in this state . A major problem, however, was the lack of an NHL-enabled arena, which initially prevented the league from expanding into Los Angeles , although the city was the third largest in the United States at the time.

When the NHL finally decided to increase the number of teams for the 1967/68 season and rumors were circulating that the Pacific Coast Hockey League itself wanted to become a major league that would play for the Stanley Cup , the Canadian entrepreneur Jack paid Kent Cooke NHL 2 million US dollars to set up a new team of Los Angeles. On February 9, 1966, Cooke received the license, on condition that a new arena in Los Angeles be built. The contract with the television company CBS provided for two of the new teams to be based in California, so that the California Seals were also founded as representatives of the Bay Area . The Kings opened their first season in the NHL on October 14, 1967 at Long Beach Arena with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers . For the next two months, the team played their home games in Long Beach and the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena .

The Kings logo from 1967 to 1982

In December the new stadium of the Los Angeles Kings was finally opened with “ The Forum ” in Inglewood , here too the Flyers were the first opponent to be beaten again. Cooke chose the colors purple ("Forum blue", as he called it) and gold for his team, as these colors have long been associated with royalty. In addition, it was the team colors of the Los Angeles Lakers , which were also owned by the entrepreneur.

In the next 32 seasons the Kings played their home games in the forum, players like Bill “Cowboy” Flett , Eddie “The Jet” Joyal , Eddie “The Entertainer” Shack or Réal “Frenchy” Lemieux helped out, the Kings in the Los region Make Angeles known. The various nicknames were also an idea of ​​Cookes, who wanted to make ice hockey in California more viewer-friendly and also expected that the television commentators would call the players by these names.

The Kings finished their first NHL season in second place in the NHL Western Division , but in the first round of the playoffs they failed in seven games against the Minnesota North Stars . In the second season , the team reached the playoffs again in fifth place in the division, this time the end only followed in the second round against the St. Louis Blues . After two more quite successful years, harder times followed for the franchise, which was mainly due to the poor team management. For example, several first-round draft picks were transferred for older players who had long since passed the zenith of their careers.

Alternative logo of the Kings, based on the crown of the Spanish soccer team Real Madrid

In 1972, the Kings undertook the former Maple Leafs - striker Bob Pulford as a new coach who needed only two years to lead the team back to the playoffs. There they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in five games, and in 1974 and 1975 the franchise reached the first round of the playoffs. For the following season , the Kings signed NHL superstar Marcel Dionne from the Detroit Red Wings , who together with goalkeeper Rogatien Vachon and striker Butch Goring was instrumental in reaching the second playoff round. There, however, the Kings were subject to the Boston Bruins in seven games, as well as in the next season.

On January 13, 1979 Dionne played for the first time together with the previously unknown Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer in a row. This storm formation, called the "Triple Crown Line", became one of the most successful in the entire NHL in the following years and also played the next year in the NHL All-Star Game , which was played in the forum. After the season, Dr. Jerry Buss the Kings, the Lakers, and The Forum for $ 67.5 million from Jack Kent Cooke.

Logo from 1975 to 1988

Despite the Triple Crown Line, the Kings did not manage to pass the first round of the playoffs until 1982 . In the game against the New York Rangers on April 9, 1981 in Los Angeles, it comes to a penalty minute world record. The referees imposed 58 penalties on 25 players with a total of 267 penalty minutes.

In 1982 they failed at the later Stanley Cup winner, the Edmonton Oilers with Wayne Gretzky, who was already on the way to becoming a superstar . In the “Miracle of Manchester” (as the Kings arena was on Manchester Boulevard), the Kings managed to convert a 5-0 deficit into a 6-5 win, the best comeback in the history of the final round, ultimately, however, the Oilers defeated the Kings in five games.

In the following two years, the franchise missed the playoffs, in 1985 it was again the Oilers who shot the Kings with a sweep from the first playoff round. On March 10, 1987 , Marcel Dionne was transferred to the New York Rangers , but new up-and-coming players such as Bernie Nicholls , Jimmy Carson , Luc Robitaille and Steve Duchesne helped the Kings to continue to reach the playoffs.

The "black and silver" era (1988 to 1997)

The "Silver Logo" from 1988 to 1998

Bruce McNall had already acquired the Kings from Buss in 1987 and apparently overnight he managed to make the team the Stanley Cup favorite when he signed Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers on August 9, 1988. In Gretzky's first season with the Kings, he was again voted Most Valuable Player of the league and also led the Californian team to fourth place in the league. In the first playoff round in 1989, the Kings and Gretzky's old team, the Oilers, faced each other again. After an initial 3-1 deficit, the round could be won in seven games , also with the help of striker Chris Kontos , who scored nine goals. The playoff-off followed in the second round against the Calgary Flames .

In the next three years, the Kings failed in the playoffs to the Oilers, but Gretzky had managed in 1991 to lead the Kings to their first division title in their franchise history.

When Gretzky failed for the 1992/93 season , Luc Robitaille was signed as the new captain, who could lead the Kings until Gretzky's return after 39 season games. In the first round of playoffs, the Kings scored 33 goals against the Calgary Flames , in the second round the team defeated the favored Vancouver Canucks , who had won five of seven games against the Kings in the regular season, in six games. In the final of the Campbell Conference , the Kings met the Toronto Maple Leafs again as underdogs . The Californians finally defeated the Maple Leafs with two overtime wins in seven games and, led by the outstanding Wayne Gretzky, reached the final of the Stanley Cup for the first time in their team history, where they met the Montréal Canadiens . The first game of the final series won the Kings 4-1, but then came the turn in the second game when the Canadiens won after extra time. From this defeat, the Kings did not recover, so that the series was lost with 1-4 games.

Despite the defeat in the final, the Kings around Wayne Gretzky triggered an ice hockey boom in California, which meant that all games were sold out at the beginning of the following season and finally a new team was settled in the region with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim . Gretzky's popularity in the south even followed the NHL's ability to expand into other Sun Belt cities such as Phoenix , Arizona , Dallas , Texas and Miami , Florida .

The next four seasons were disappointing for the Kings, as the playoffs could no longer be reached. Owner Bruce McNall was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison for fraudulent transactions and sold the team while in prison to Joseph Cohen and Jeffrey Sudikoff , who also failed to put the Kings back on the road to success. In October 1995, the franchise was finally bought by US entrepreneur and oil billionaire Philip Anschutz and Edward P. Roski Jr. , who managed to usher the Kings into a new era.

The "Staples Center" Era (1996-2011)

On February 27, 1996, Wayne Gretzky, who had previously announced that he would leave the club if he did not manage to score 50 goals this season, was transferred to the St. Louis Blues, the Kings received in this trade striker Craig Johnson , Patrice Tardif and Roman Vopat as well as two draft picks. However, no one was able to fill the gap that "The Great One" had left. Another step on the way to a new beginning should be the signing of the former player Dave Taylor , who replaced the criticized Sam McMaster as general manager. Also in 1997/98 and 1998/99 the Kings did not manage to reach the playoff round, which meant that the contract of coach Larry Robinson was not extended after the season.

Also stylistically the beginning of a new era: the logo from 1998 to 2002

His successor was Andy Murray , who was previously inexperienced and was criticized when he was signed with manager Taylor , and the experienced players Žigmund Pálffy and Bryan Smolinski were also committed. The team moved for the 1999/2000 season from the Great Western Forum to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles , which had previously been built by Anschutz and Roski as a modern arena for the new millennium.

With a new coach, a new stadium and players like Rob Blake , Luc Robitaille , Glen Murray , Jozef Stümpel , Donald Audette , Ian Laperrière and Mattias Norström , the Kings improved so much in the new season that they finished second in the Pacific Division in the playoffs moved in. There they failed again in the first round, this year at the later Stanley Cup winner, the Detroit Red Wings .

During the 2000/01 season , star defender Rob Blake , who had won the 1998 James Norris Memorial Trophy as best defender, and center Steven Reinprecht were transferred to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Adam Deadmarsh , Aaron Miller , Jared Aulin and a draft pick. After initial fan criticism, these new players managed to lead the team back into the playoffs. As in the previous year, the Kings met the Detroit Red Wings, which this time they could defeat in six exciting games.

In the second round, the Kings narrowly failed in seven games to the Colorado Avalanche , which had competed as favorites with superstars such as Joe Sakic , Peter Forsberg , Patrick Roy , Ray Bourque and finally Rob Blake .

Logo between 2002 and 2011, today an alternative logo

The following season began with a tragedy for the Kings, as the two scouts Garnet Bailey and Mark Bavis were both victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 . Again the Kings hosted the NHL All-Star Games , with seventh place in the NHL Western Conference they also made it back into the playoffs, but there they failed as in the previous year at the Colorado Avalanche. The next two seasons were unsatisfactory for the franchise like many series before, as the playoffs could not be reached.

After the lockout 2004/05 , the Kings started with new players like Valeri Bure , Jeremy Roenick and Pavol Demitra in the 2005/06 season after initially lay on Conference title course, you missed a second half of the season bad a place in the playoffs. Luc Robitaille also announced that he would end his career at the end of the season. After the season, the team owners dismissed almost the entire board as well as coaches and managers in order to be able to start a new beginning in the following season . But even the personnel changes with the commitment of Dean Lombardi as President and General Manager were not enough to reach the 2007 playoffs.

The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks opened the 2007/08 season at The O₂ in London . The two games on September 29 and 30, 2007 were the first NHL games to be played in Europe. The season was not very successful for the LA Kings - they landed on the penultimate place in the entire league (71 points from 82 games), only the Tampa Bay Lightning were worse, so that head coach Marc Crawford was dismissed after the season. During the summer break there was a change in personnel at the Kings, so in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft the defender Drew Doughty was moved to second position and Colten Teubert and Vyacheslav Woinow were acquired in the later rounds . Furthermore, Ľubomír Višňovský was transferred to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Matt Greene and Jarret Stoll and Terry Murray was hired as the new coach. In October 2008, Dustin Brown was named the new captain of the team , making him the youngest player and the first American to be awarded the post. In terms of sport, the Kings could only improve slightly in the 2008/09 season and finished the main round in 14th place in the Western Conference.

Also in the off-season 2009, the Kings management pushed ahead with the rebuilding of the team and hired, among others, NHL experienced players such as Ryan Smith and Rob Scuderi . The subsequent 2009/10 season ended in fourth place in the Western Conference and recorded a club-own record series of nine consecutive wins during the season. In the play-offs, however, the Kings were eliminated in the first round against the favored Vancouver Canucks , but the season was seen as a sporting success for the Kings due to the first play-off participation in eight years. In the run-up to the 2010/11 season , Willie Mitchell was signed to compensate for the departure of experienced professionals such as Sean O'Donnell and Alexander Frolow . In the 2011 play-offs , the team did not get past the first round and had to admit defeat to the San Jose Sharks in six games.

Stanley Cup victories (2012-2014)

In the summer of 2011, the Kings signed attacker Mike Richards from the Philadelphia Flyers , who in turn received Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn in return . In addition, Simon Gagné took from the Tampa Bay Lightning under contract and transferred Symth back to Edmonton, for which Colin Fraser moved to Los Angeles in exchange . After a mixed first third of the season , head coach Murray was released in December 2011 and initially replaced by John Stevens on an interim basis before Darryl Sutter was hired as a permanent successor. Shortly before the end of the transfer deadline, Jeff Carter came from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Kings, reuniting with Carter, Richards and Gagne the offensive trio that had already played successfully together in Philadelphia a few years earlier. At the end of the regular season, the team was able to stabilize and met the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the play-offs . In the series they prevailed 4-1 and stood for the first time since the 2000/01 season in a Western Conference semifinals . There they prevailed in four games against the St. Louis Blues before they also won in the following series against the Phoenix Coyotes and thus moved into the Stanley Cup final. With a 4-2 in the series against the New Jersey Devils , the Kings were able to secure the Stanley Cup for the first time and with their victory in game 6 at their home Staples Center were the first team in five years to win the trophy on their own ice. Goalkeeper Jonathan Quick was recognized for his good performance with the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the play-offs and received a ten-year contract extension in Los Angeles.

The 2012/13 season , shortened by the lockout , ended the Kings in fifth place in the Western Conference and met the St. Louis Blues in the first play-off round . After the team got into a 2-0 deficit at the beginning of the series, they then won four games in a row and moved into the next round . There you went against the San Jose Sharks and could prevail in seven games. In the conference finals, they finally lost to the Chicago Blackhawks , the later Stanley Cup winner . The following season ended in sixth place in the Western Conference and began in the first round of the play-offs against the San Jose Sharks. The Kings turned a 3-0 deficit in the series with four consecutive wins, becoming the fourth team to do so in NHL history. In the second round , the team met the Anaheim Ducks , where they were also behind after five games and were able to convert a 2-3 deficit into a 4-3 win in the series. In the Western Conference Finals , the Kings continued through the decisive goal by defender Alec Martinez in the extension of Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks through and stood for the second time in three years in the Stanley Cup Final . The final was played by the Kings against the New York Rangers , who could be defeated in Game 5 by another goal in extra time from Martinez and thus recorded the second Stanley Cup victory in the club's history. Striker Justin Williams received the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the play-offs.

After the championships (2015 – today)

Due to the past successes, the Kings went again as one of the title favorites in the 2014/15 season , but played a sporty mixed main round and at the end of the season could not prevail in a direct duel for the play-off entry against the Calgary Flames , so for the first time since the Carolina Hurricanes missed the play-offs in 2007, a reigning title holder.

With the new team record of 48 wins, the Kings reported back in the 2015/16 season , but ended up with 102 points one point behind the Anaheim Ducks in second place in the Pacific Division, which they had previously had for a long time and with a large lead had led. A 3-4 shootout defeat in the last game of the season against the Winnipeg Jets , in which they gave up a 3-0 lead, ultimately cost the second division title after 1991. The negative run continued in the play-offs and the team retired despite playoff-experienced newcomers such as attackers Milan Lucic , Vincent Lecavalier and Kris Versteeg with 1: 4 wins against the San Jose Sharks .

After the disappointing 2016/17 season , which they finished in fifth place in the Pacific Division with just 86 points, the Kings dismissed their longstanding sporting leadership, General Manager Dean Lombardi and trainer Darryl Sutter . Luc Robitaille became president and took over the operational business and sporting management, while Rob Blake was appointed as the new general manager. After the great achievements in the past, they had fallen into a downward trend and also missed the play-offs for the second time in the last three years with the well-known trade deadline obligations goalie Ben Bishop and right winger Jarome Iginla . In the period that followed, the team also delivered fluctuating performances in which victories and defeats alternated. At the end of the 2017/18 season, with 98 points and fourth place in the Pacific Division, it was just enough for participation in the playoffs, where the “Wild Card” team met the newly founded Vegas Golden Knights , who were in their first NHL -Season had pulverized all records for expansion teams and sent the Kings prematurely on summer vacation after four narrow successes with a " sweep ".

The start of the 2018/19 season also failed, so that head coach John Stevens was sacked after just 13 games and replaced by Willie Desjardins, who was to look after the team as interim coach for the rest of the season. In the course of the changes in the coaching staff, Marco Sturm, who was then national coach, also left the German Ice Hockey Federation and took over the post of assistant coach in Los Angeles. The German, who was active with the Kings for a short time during his 14-year NHL playing career, should primarily focus on improving the offensive game. But even with star striker Ilya Kovalchuk , who was brought back from the Russian Continental Hockey League (KHL) after six years , it was only enough to win 31 games in 82 games and the Kings missed the play as the last division and weakest team in the Western Conference with only 71 points -offs clearly.

Although the Kings installed Todd McLellan as their new head coach with Todd McLellan before the start of the 2019/20 season , the team continued to play too changeable. When things went a little better towards the end of the season with seven wins in a row and the team seemed to have found each other, the season was interrupted on March 12, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic . On May 26, 2020, the league decided not to play the remaining regular season games and presented a plan to return to normal play, with 24 teams competing for the Stanley Cup . The qualified teams were determined based on their percentage of points won at the time of the end of the season. The Kings were seventh in the Pacific Division with 64 points from 70 completed games among the seven teams that did not qualify for the playoffs.


The Staples Center is the current venue
The Great Western Forum, home of the Kings from 1967 to 1999

The Kings have played their home games since 1999 in the Staples Center , a multifunctional arena that can hold 18,118 spectators . In addition to the Kings, the Los Angeles Lakers , Los Angeles Clippers (both NBA ), Los Angeles Sparks ( WNBA ) and Los Angeles Avengers ( AFL ) four other professional teams play their games at the Staples Center. No other hall in the United States is as busy. The naming rights to the arena have been owned by the office supplies retailer Staples since it opened in 1999 and will continue to apply until 2019. The company pays 116 million US dollars for the entire 20-year period.

After Los Angeles received the approval for an NHL team, those responsible planned with the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena as a hall. There they had already given a commitment to the Los Angeles Blades in the Western Hockey League . Annoyed, the Kings planned to build a new hall that was not yet completed at the beginning of the 1967/68 season . The first home game of the Kings was played in the Long Beach Arena , which had 11,200 spectators. In the first few weeks, the team commuted between the Long Beach Arena and the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena with a capacity of 14,546. In 1967 it was possible to move into the newly built, own hall. From 1967 to 1999 the club played in the Great Western Forum , which had a capacity of 16,005 places at ice hockey events. This hall was also the home of the Los Angeles Lakers .

Owners and farm teams

Canadian businessman Jack Kent Cooke was the founder and first owner of the Kings. In 1966, he paid the National Hockey League (NHL) $ 2 million to bring a new team to Los Angeles . A year earlier, Cooke had bought the Los Angeles Lakers from the National Basketball Association (NBA) for five million US dollars. As an arena for both teams, the entrepreneur had the forum built in the Inglewood district in 1967 . The basketball players won the NBA championship in 1972 and reached the final series seven times under his aegis. In 1974 Cooke became a shareholder in the Washington Redskins from the National Football League (NFL), finally moved to the US capital entirely in 1978 and a year later sold the Forum (43.5 million US dollars) to the Lakers (14 million US dollars) Dollars) and the Kings ($ 10 million) for a total of $ 67.5 million to Jerry Buss . It was the largest transaction in North American sports history to date.

Buss turned sport into a show from then on. At basketball games he made scantily clad women dance on the floor, he gave Hollywood stars tickets for seats right on the edge of the field and he sold boxes to the rich so that everyone else could buy tickets. For him, sport was not just a competition, but also and above all entertainment. Of course, this also required teams that played successfully. The Lakers won the NBA title in their first season with Buss and nine more were to be added over the next 33 years. With the unsuccessful Kings, on the other hand, it was difficult to inspire the audience. On the one hand, the team did not have the players who were able to offer spectacular ice hockey and, on the other hand, Los Angeles was not a typical ice hockey market with the corresponding popularity on the part of the social environment. There were also limits to the supporting program due to the ice surface in the hall.

So it only took a few years for Buss to repel the Kings. Bruce McNall , coin collector and film producer, had the courage to invest in the ice hockey business in Los Angeles. In 1986, he bought 25 percent of the Kings before he rose to President with the acquisition of another 24 percent in 1987 and finally bought the remaining shares in the franchise in March 1988 . But to make ice hockey under palm trees in the shade of Hollywood a show, it took a superstar. He found this in Wayne Gretzky , which he bought in a transfer business. McNall's personal advancement went hand in hand with that of the team, culminating in his 1992 election as Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors, the second-highest position in NHL management after the league president. But only a short time later, its star began to sink as quickly as it had risen. As early as 1994, he was exposed as a con man and a fraudster who had eased the Bank of America with bad loans by 236 million US dollars. The Kings got into great economic difficulties through his activities and were on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. Under this pressure, McNall was forced to sell the franchise to Joseph Cohen and Jeffrey Sudikoff in May 1994 .

Since October 1995, the Kings have been owned by the two US billionaires Philip F. Anschutz and Edward Roski Jr. , who took over the franchise from the Cohen / Sudikoff team and saved it from impending bankruptcy. Via the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), Anschutz also operates the Staples Center, which opened in Downtown LA in 1999, in addition to the NHL team . The Toyota Sports Performance Center training hall in the suburb of El Segundo , which was completed the following year, and the Kings farm team Ontario Reign are also owned by the entrepreneur, along with a large number of other sports teams and arenas in Europe and the USA.

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

Stanley Cups
2011/12 , 2013/14
Conference Championships season
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl 1992/93 , 2011/12
Division Championships season
Smythe Division 1990/91

The first success to be mentioned celebrated the Los Angeles Kings in the 1968/69 season with reaching the semi-finals. This was ensured by the Kings after they had prevailed in the first playoff round against the neighboring Oakland Seals . However, they had no chance to prevail against the St. Louis Blues on the way to the final.

The 1990/91 regular season ended the Kings first in the Smythe Division . The Kings received their first actual award when they won the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl in the 1992/93 season . As representatives of the Western Conference , the team lost to Wayne Gretzky , however, the Montreal Canadiens in the finals series for the Stanley Cup . After a win in the first game, four defeats followed.

In the 2011/12 season , the Kings repeated this success after they threw the three division winners of the Western Conference out of the competition as an eighth-placed team after the regular season, including the Presidents' Trophy winner Vancouver Canucks . In the second finals in their history, the Kings met the New Jersey Devils . After the Kings had won the first three games, the Devils came back with two wins, but in the sixth game the Los Angeles Kings secured the Stanley Cup for the first time with a 6-1 win .

NHL Awards

Award Surname season
Art Ross Trophy Marcel Dionne
Wayne Gretzky
1989/90 , 1990/91 , 1993/94
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Butch Goring
Bob Bourne
Dave Taylor
Calder Memorial Trophy Luc Robitaille 1986/87
Conn Smythe Trophy Jonathan Quick
Justin Williams
Frank J. Selke Trophy Anže Kopitar 2015/16 , 2017/18
Hart Memorial Trophy Wayne Gretzky 1988/89
James Norris Memorial Trophy Rob Blake
Drew Doughty
King Clancy Memorial Trophy Dave Taylor 1990/91
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Marcel Dionne
Butch Goring
Wayne Gretzky
Anže Kopitar
1990/91 , 1991/92 , 1993/94
Lester B. Pearson Award Marcel Dionne 1978/79 , 1979/80
Lester Patrick Trophy Terry Sawchuk
Bruce McNall
Wayne Gretzky
NHL Foundation Player Award Dustin Brown 2010/11
NHL Plus / Minus Award Marty McSorley 1990/91
William M. Jennings Trophy Jonathan Quick 2013/14 , 2017/18
Mark Messier Leadership Award Justin Williams 2013/14

* together with Theoren Fleury

NHL All-Star Team Nominations

Since the franchise was founded , nine players have been elected 25 times into one of the All-Star teams and seven others into the All-Rookie team .

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

Abbreviations: GP = games, G = goals, A = assists,
Pts = points

Surname from ... to GP G A. Pts
Luc Robitaille 1988-2001 8th 8th 6th 14th
Wayne Gretzky 1989-1996 7th 3 6th 9
Marcel Dionne 1976-1985 7th 2 4th 6th
Rob Blake 1994-2001 4th 1 2 3
Dave Taylor 1981-1994 4th 0 1 1
Bernie Nicholls 1984-1990 3 0 1 1
Rogatien Vachon 1973-1978 3 - - -
Anže Kopitar 2008-2020 7th 2 6th 8th

With a total of eight appointments, Luc Robitaille is the player who can look back on the most participations in the history of the team. Thanks to his eight goals and six assists, he is also the most successful player with 14 points. Wayne Gretzky also got six templates in his seven appearances. In the meantime, Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar have also booked six assists in five appearances .

In the 1968 All-Star Game , goalkeeper Terry Sawchuk was the first player to play for Los Angeles. In the All-Star Game 1971 , Bill Flett succeeded in making the first submission in an All-Star Game. It wasn't until the 1973 All-Star Game , Terry Harper, that a Kings player scored a goal.

Wayne Gretzky was in 1989 for Most Valuable Player selected the All-Star games. At the All-Star Game 1994 was Barry Melrose for the first time a coach of the Kings head coach of the All-Star selection. In 2015 and 2016 , Darryl Sutter was added, who was the second Kings coach and head coach of an All-Star team.

Los Angeles has hosted the All-Star Game three times. After 15,761 spectators attended the 33rd National Hockey League All-Star Game in 1981 in the Forum , the All-Star Game was again in Los Angeles after moving to the Staples Center in 2002 . In the run-up to the game, which took place in front of a crowd of 18,118 spectators, a Young Stars Game was held for the first time. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Kings organization and as part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League (NHL), the All-Star game took place for the third time in Los Angeles on January 29, 2017. In the final of the 62nd NHL All-Star Game , in front of 18,665 spectators at the Staples Center, the Metropolitan Division just got the upper hand with 4-3 against the Pacific Division. The jerseys for four teams were based on the Kings team colors in gold (Atlantic Division), purple (Central Division), white (Metropolitan Division) and black (Pacific Division).

As part of the All-Star celebrations, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the league, the "NHL100" , the 100 best players in NHL history, were presented. Among the ice hockey legends were Paul Coffey , Marcel Dionne , Grant Fuhr , Wayne Gretzky , Jari Kurri , Larry Robinson , Luc Robitaille , Terry Sawchuk and Billy Smith , who have worn the Kings jersey over the course of their careers.

In addition to the All-Star Games, there were three other occasions where the NHL provided an All-Star team. At the 1972 Summit Series there were no Kings players in the squad. At the Challenge Cup 1979 the Kings were represented by Marcel Dionne . As with the first two series, at Rendez-vous '87 the Soviet national team was the opponent of the NHL team, which again competed without a player from Los Angeles.

Franchise records

Selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed below.


Record goalscorer Luc Robitaille
Surname number
Most games Dustin Brown * 1,183 (in 16 seasons)
Most consecutive games Drew Doughty * 460 (October 8, 2014 to January 18, 2020)
Most goals Luc Robitaille 557
Most templates Marcel Dionne 757
Most of the points Marcel Dionne 1,307 (550 goals + 757 assists)
Most penalty minutes Marty McSorley 1,846
Most shutouts Jonathan Quick * 52

* active player of the Kings; Status after the end of the 2019/20 season


Surname number season
Most goals Bernie Nicholls 70 1988/89
Most templates Wayne Gretzky 122 1990/91
Most of the points Wayne Gretzky 168 (54 goals + 114 assists) 1988/89
Most points as a rookie Luc Robitaille 84 (45 goals + 39 assists) 1986/87
Most points as a defender Larry Murphy 76 (16 goals + 60 assists) 1980/81
Most penalty minutes Marty McSorley 399 1992/93
Most wins as a goalkeeper Jonathan Quick 40 2015/16


The Kings have employed 26 different head coaches in their history. This position is currently held by Todd McLellan , who has held the job since the start of the 2019/20 season . Andy Murray , the 19th Kings coach, coached the most games, scored the most, and recorded the most losses. Darryl Sutter , the 24th principal trainer, holds the franchise records for most wins and most games, wins and losses in the playoffs. With three terms in office, in which he was only ten games behind the gang, Rogatien Vachon was the most frequently employed head coach in Los Angeles. The only Kings coaches inducted into the Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame to date are Roger Neilson and Pat Quinn .

1967 to 1984

Abbreviations: GC = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after
overtime , Pts = points, Pts% = point quota

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T Pts Pts% GC W. L.
Red Kelly 1967 / 68–1968 / 69 150 55 75 20th 130 .367 18th 7th 11
Hal Laycoe 1969/70 * 24 5 18th 1 11 .208 - - -
Johnny Wilson 1969/70 * 52 9 34 9 27 .173 - - -
Larry Regan 1970 / 71–1971 / 72 * 88 27 47 14th 68 .307 - - -
Fred Glover 1971/72 68 18th 42 8th 44 .264 - - -
Bob Pulford 1972 / 73-1976 / 77 396 178 150 68 424 .449 26th 10 16
Ron Stewart 1977/78 80 31 34 15th 77 .388 2 0 2
Bob Berry 1978 / 79–1980 / 81 240 107 94 39 253 .446 10 2 8th
Parker MacDonald 1981/82 * 42 13 24 5 31 .310 - - -
Don Perry 1981/82 * –1983 / 84 * 168 52 85 31 135 .310 10 4th 6th

* Change during the current season; ** Interim trainer

Since 1984

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T OTL Pts Pts% GC W. L.
Rogatien Vachon ** 1983/84 * 2 1 0 1 - 3 .500 - - -
Roger Neilson 1983/84 * 28 8th 17th 3 - 19th .286 - - -
Pat Quinn 1984 / 85–1986 / 87 * 202 75 101 26th - 176 .371 3 0 3
Mike Murphy 1986/87 * –1987 / 88 * 65 20th 37 8th - 48 .308 5 1 4th
Rogatien Vachon ** 1987/88 * 1 0 1 0 - 0 .000 - - -
Robbie Ftorek 1987/88 * - 1988/89 132 65 56 11 - 141 .492 16 5 11
Tom Webster 1989 / 90-1991 / 92 240 115 94 31 - 261 .479 28 12 16
Barry Melrose 1992 / 93–1994 / 95 * 209 79 101 29 - 187 .378 24 13 11
Rogatien Vachon ** 1994/95 * 7th 3 2 2 - 11 .429 - - -
Larry Robinson 1995 / 96-1998 / 99 328 122 161 45 - 289 .372 4th 0 4th
Andy Murray 1999 / 00–2005 / 06 * 480 215 176 58 31 519 .448 24 10 14th
John Torchetti ** 2005/06 * 12 5 7th - 0 10 .417 - - -
Marc Crawford 2006/07/2007/08 164 59 84 - 21st 139 .360 - - -
Terry Murray 2008 / 09–2011 / 12 * 275 139 106 - 30th 308 .560 12 4th 8th
John Stevens ** 2011/12 * 4th 2 2 - 0 4th .500 - - -
Darryl Sutter 2011/12 * –2016 / 17 425 226 147 - 53 503 .592 69 42 27
John Stevens 2017 / 18–2018 / 19 * 99 51 39 - 9 111 .561 4th 0 4th
Willie Desjardins 2018/19 * 69 27 34 - 8th 62 .487 - - -
Todd McLellan since 2019/20 70 29 35 - 6th 64 .457 - - -

General manager

Surname season
Larry Regan 1967 / 68–1973 / 74 *
Jake Milford 1973/74 * -1976 / 77
George Maguire 1977 / 78–1983 / 84 *
Rogatien Vachon 1983/84 * -1991 / 92
Nick Beverley 1992 / 93-1993 / 94
Surname season
Sam McMaster 1994 / 95-1996 / 97
Dave Taylor 1997 / 98-2005 / 06
Dean Lombardi 2006 / 07–2016 / 17
Rob Blake since 2017/18

* Change during the current season

In the opening season of the franchise, the Kings started with the recognized specialist Larry Regan as General Manager. After six years in office, he left his place for Jake Milford , who led the team until 1977. He was followed by George Maguire , who, however, left the club in the mid-1980s after some disappointing seasons with many unsuccessful coaches. During the 1983/84 season , Rogie Vachon, a new manager who had been a goalkeeper for the team between 1971 and 1978, was hired. During his eight-year tenure, he also took over the position of head coach behind the gang three times at short notice. Nick Beverley took over the Vachons legacy and, with just two seasons, had the shortest tenure of any general manager in Los Angeles to date, but a very successful one. With him behind the desk, the California franchise entered the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 1993. For the 1994/95 lockout season , Sam McMaster was signed as Beverley's successor. His time can confidently be called a flop, as the team was passed through to the NHL table cellar while he was working. After three completely unsuccessful years, he finally had to pack his bags. His disastrous transfer policy not only cost him his job, but also earned him the nickname “Master of Disaster” . At the beginning of the 1997/98 season , LA's then record player Dave Taylor took over the post of general manager. After some ups and downs, there were still no major successes and so Taylor had to vacate his post after nine years. From 2006 to 2017, Dean Lombardi, one of the league's most strategic managers, filled the position, who formed a team hungry for success around many young talents, who finally brought the first Stanley Cup to Los Angeles in the 2011/12 season and this success during the season 2013/14 could even repeat. After more than ten years in office, Lombardi was dismissed after the 2016/17 season and his previous assistant, Rob Blake , who was active as a defender for the team between 1989 and 2008 , was promoted to his successor.


Squad for the 2019/20 season

Status: end of the 2019/20 season

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
40 United StatesUnited States Cal Petersen G October 19, 1994 2017 Waterloo , Iowa , USA
32 United StatesUnited States Jonathan Quick G January 21, 1986 2007 Milford , Connecticut , USA
8th CanadaCanada Drew DoughtyA. D. 0December 8, 1989 2008 London , Ontario , Canada
15th CanadaCanada Ben Hutton D. April 20, 1993 2019 Brockville , Ontario , Canada
56 CanadaCanada Kurtis MacDermid D. March 25, 1994 2012 Sauble Beach , Ontario , Canada
3 United StatesUnited States Matt Roy D. 0March 1, 1995 2017 Canton , Michigan , USA
6th United StatesUnited States SwedenSweden Joakim Ryan D. 17th June 1993 2019 Rumson , New Jersey , USA
26th CanadaCanada Sean Walker D. November 13, 1994 2018 Keswick , Ontario , Canada
10 CanadaCanada Michael Amadio C. May 13, 1996 2016 Sault Ste. Marie , Ontario , Canada
23 United StatesUnited States Dustin Brown RW 04th November 1984 2003 Ithaca , New York , USA
77 CanadaCanada Jeff CarterA C. 0January 1, 1985 2012 London , Ontario , Canada
19th United StatesUnited States Alex Iafallo C. December 21, 1993 2017 Eden , New York , USA
9 SwedenSweden Adrian Kempe LW September 13, 1996 2015 Kramfors , Sweden
11 SloveniaSlovenia Anže KopitarC. C. August 24, 1987 2006 Jesenice , SR Slovenia
22nd United StatesUnited States Trevor Lewis C. 0January 8, 1987 2007 Salt Lake City , Utah , USA
46 United StatesUnited States Blake Lizotte C. December 13, 1997 2019 Lindstrom , Minnesota , USA
64 CanadaCanada Matt Luff RW 0May 5, 1997 2016 Oakville , Ontario , Canada
42 United StatesUnited States Trevor Moore LW March 31, 1995 2020 Thousand Oaks , California , USA
59 United StatesUnited States Tim Schaller C. November 16, 1990 2020 Merrimack , New Hampshire , USA
51 CanadaCanada Austin Wagner LW June 23, 1997 2017 Calgary , Alberta , Canada

Team captains

year Surname
1967-1969 Bob Wall
1969-1971 Larry Cahan
1971-1973 Bob Pulford
1973-1975 Terry Harper
1975-1981 Mike Murphy
1981-1983 Dave Lewis
1983-1985 Terry Ruskowski
1985-1989 Dave Taylor
year Surname
1989-1992 Wayne Gretzky
1992-1993 Luc Robitaille
1993-1996 Wayne Gretzky
1996-2001 Rob Blake
2001-2007 Mattias Norström
2007-2008 Rob Blake
2008-2016 Dustin Brown
since 2016 Anže Kopitar

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Surname Recording date position
Terry Sawchuk 1971 player
Marcel Dionne 1992 player
Larry Robinson 1995 player
Wayne Gretzky November 22, 1999 player
Jari Kurri November 12, 2001 player
Dick Duff November 13, 2006 player
Luc Robitaille November 9, 2009 player
Rogatien Vachon November 14, 2016 player

Blocked jersey numbers

Wayne Gretzky, wearer of the famous number 99 jersey

So far, the Los Angeles Kings have banned five different shirt numbers from deserving players. The famous 99 of the Canadian Wayne Gretzky has been banned throughout the league since February 6, 2000 and has also been symbolically removed from the award by the Los Angeles Kings since 2002. The blocked numbers hang as banners under the ceiling of the Staples Center .

No. Surname Blocking date
16 Marcel Dionne November 18, 1990
18th Dave Taylor April 3, 1995
20th Luc Robitaille January 20, 2007
30th Rogatien Vachon February 14, 1985
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (league-wide)
October 9, 2002
4th Rob Blake 17th January 2015

Top 10 voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft

Franchise top point collector

The ten best point collectors in the history of the franchise by the end of the 2019/20 regular season and the 2020 playoffs .

Abbreviations: Pos = position, GP = games, G = goals, A = assists, Pts = points, P / G = points per game

Regular season

Surname Item season GP G A. Pts P / G
Marcel Dionne C. 1975 / 76-1986 / 87 921 550 757 1307 1.41
Luc Robitaille LW 1986 / 87-1993 / 94 1077 557 597 1154 1.07
1997 / 98-2000 / 01
Dave Taylor RW 1977 / 78-1993 / 94 1111 431 638 1069 0.96
Anže Kopitar C. since 2006/07 1073 333 617 950 0.89
Wayne Gretzky C. 1988 / 89-1995 / 96 539 246 672 918 1.70
Bernie Nicholls C. 1981 / 82-1989 / 90 602 327 431 758 1.25
Butch Goring C. 1969 / 70–1979 / 80 736 275 384 659 0.89
Dustin Brown RW since 2003/04 1183 299 354 653 0.55
Drew Doughty D. since 2008/09 919 117 385 502 0.55
Rob Blake D. 1989 / 90-2000 / 01 805 161 333 494 0.61


Surname Item GP G A. Pts P / G
Wayne Gretzky C. 60 29 65 94 1.56
Luc Robitaille LW 94 41 48 89 0.94
Anže Kopitar C. 79 21st 45 66 0.84
Dave Taylor RW 92 26th 33 59 0.64
Justin Williams RW 73 22nd 32 54 0.74
Jeff Carter C. 73 26th 27 53 0.73
Drew Doughty D. 84 16 35 51 0.61
Dustin Brown RW 85 19th 28 47 0.55
Tomas Sandström RW 50 17th 28 45 0.90
Marcel Dionne C. 43 20th 23 43 1.00

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