Los Angeles Kings facts for kids
|Los Angeles Kings|
|History||Los Angeles Kings
|Home arena||Staples Center|
|City||Los Angeles, California|
|Colors||Black, silver, white
Univision Deportes (1020 AM)
|Owner(s)||Philip Anschutz and Ed Roski|
|General manager||Rob Blake|
|Head coach||Todd McLellan|
|Minor league affiliates||Ontario Reign (AHL)|
|Stanley Cups||2 (2011–12, 2013–14)|
|Conference championships||3 (1992–93, 2011–12, 2013–14)|
|Division championships||1 (1990–91)|
The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. The team was founded on June 5, 1967, after Jack Kent Cooke was awarded an NHL expansion franchise for Los Angeles on February 9, 1966, becoming one of the six teams that began play as part of the 1967 NHL expansion. The Kings played their home games at The Forum in Inglewood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, for 32 years, until they moved to the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles at the start of the 1999–2000 season.
During the 1970s and early 1980s, the Kings had many years marked by impressive play in the regular season only to be washed out by early playoff exits. Their highlights in those years included the strong goaltending of Rogie Vachon, and the "Triple Crown Line" of Charlie Simmer, Dave Taylor and Hall of Fame player Marcel Dionne, who had a famous upset of the uprising Edmonton Oilers in a 1982 playoff game known as the Miracle on Manchester. In 1988, the Kings traded with the Oilers to get their captain Wayne Gretzky, leading to a successful phase of the franchise that raised hockey's popularity in Los Angeles, and helped raise the sport's profile in the American Sun Belt region. Gretzky, fellow Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille and defenseman Rob Blake led the Kings to the franchise's sole division title in 1990–91, and the Kings' first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1993.
After the 1993 Finals, the Kings entered financial problems, with a bankruptcy in 1995, which led to the franchise being acquired by Philip Anschutz (owner of Anschutz Entertainment Group, operators of Staples Center) and Edward P. Roski. A period of mediocrity ensued, with the Kings only resurging as they broke a six-year playoff drought in the 2009–10 season, with a team that included goaltender Jonathan Quick, defenseman Drew Doughty, and forwards Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams. Under coach Darryl Sutter, who was hired early in the 2011–12 season, the Kings won two Stanley Cups in three years: 2012, over the New Jersey Devils, and 2014, against the New York Rangers while Quick and Williams respectively won the Conn Smythe Trophy.
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Acquired by the Kings in 1975, Marcel Dionne was paired with Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer. The line, known as the Triple Crown Line, went on to be one of the highest-scoring line combinations in NHL history.
Statue of Wayne Gretzky outside Staple Center. Gretzky played with the Kings from 1988 to 1996.
Acquired in trade with the New York Rangers in 1995, Mattias Norstrom was named as the team captain in 2001, maintaining the position until he was traded in 2007.
Drafted by the Kings in the late–2000s, Anze Kopitar (left) and Drew Doughty (right) helped the team become playoff contenders in the early–2010s.
A face-off between the Kings and the San Jose Sharks, during Game 5 of the first round in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs
Luc Robitaille's number was retired by the Kings on January 20, 2007. He was later inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
Recording 10 shutouts during the 2011–12 season, Jonathan Quick holds the franchise record for most shutouts in a season.
Daryl Evans is the Kings' current radio color commentator.
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