Team Profile: Los Angeles Kings

Whether or not you like the Kings or not, they have an interesting history. They won two cups in three years and have a reputation for their physical game they make work.

A quick overview:
Western Conference
Pacific Division
Established: 1967
Arena: Staples Center
AHL Affiliate: Ontario Reign
Owner: Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)
Coach: Darryl Sutter
Best Known Line: Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Charlie Simmer (Triple Crown Line)
Notable Former Players: Wayne Gretzky, Rogie Vachon, Luc Robitaille, Rob Blake
Current Captain: Anze Kopitar
Goalies: Jonathon Quick, Jeff Zatkoff
Notable Current Players: Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Rob Scuderi, Matt Greene

Interesting points:
In their first few seasons, the general managers got a reputation for trading away first round picks for veteran players that had a way of backfiring on them and their attendance suffered for it.

Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, and Charlie Simmer made up what was dubbed the Triple Crown Line starting in the 1978-79 season. They are one of the highest scoring line combinations in NHL history.

In the 1982 playoffs, the Kings managed to beat Wayne Gretzky’s Oilers who were ranked 2nd in the league while the Kings were ranked 17th overall. In one particular game, now known as the “Miracle on Manchester”, the Kings came back from a 5-0 deficit and won the game in overtime. While the advanced in the playoffs, they lost in five to the Canucks in the next round.

Bruce McNall purchased the Kings in 1987, and on August 9th, 1988 made one of the most significant trades in NHL history when he traded for Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers for five players.

Despite having just acquired arguably one of the best players to ever play in the league, the Kings only advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals once while Gretzky was on the roster. He did not win another Hart Trophy after 1989, and the Kings did not win the Stanley cup until 2012. Gretzky had been retired for 13 years at the time.

The Kings Colors were purple and gold up until the 1988-1989 season.

Anschutz Entertainment Group is the world’s largest owner of sports teams and sports events. AEG Live is the second largest live music presenter after Live Nation. Not only does AEG own several arenas around the world, hockey teams within the NHL, AHL and ECHL but they also own a Swedish soccer team, part of a Swedish hockey team, and two German hockey teams.

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