48 Facts About Los Angeles Kings

1. Los Angeles Kings became one of the first six NHL expansion franchises in 1967.

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2. Los Angeles Kings were one of the expansion teams that the NHL added to its so-called "Original Six" in 1967.

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3. The Los Angeles Kings have won two Stanley Cup titles and three conference championships (1993, 2012, and 2014).

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4. Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in five games, culminating with an Alec Martinez goal in the second overtime of Game 5 at Staples Center.

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5. Los Angeles Kings finished the season as the fifth seed in the West and began the defense of the Cup on the road against the St Louis Blues, who they swept in the 2012 playoffs.

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6. Los Angeles Kings entered the 2011 playoffs as the seventh seed in the West and played San Jose in the first round.

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7. On July 17, 2008, the Los Angeles Kings hired Terry Murray to become the 22nd head coach in franchise history.

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8. In the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the Los Angeles Kings drafted in the first round Alexander Frolov with the 20th-overall pick and in the fourth round drafted Lubomir Visnovsky 118th overall.

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9. While the Los Angeles Kings still had some talent on their roster in the forms of Gretzky, Blake, Kurri and McSorley, they had little else.

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10. In the Campbell Conference Finals, the Los Angeles Kings were even more of an underdog against the Doug Gilmour-led Toronto Maple Leafs.

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11. The Los Angeles Kings faced Gretzky's old team, the Oilers, in the first round of the 1989 playoffs.

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12. The Los Angeles Kings made the playoffs in the next two seasons, but they were unable to get out of the first round.

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13. The Los Angeles Kings opened the playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers, who were led by a young but fast-rising star by the name of Wayne Gretzky.

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14. In the first round of the 1977 playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings needed three games to defeat the Flames in the opening round, winning both games at home and losing on the road.

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15. In their first season, the Los Angeles Kings finished in second place in the Western Division, just one point behind the Flyers.

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16. Los Angeles Kings made the Forum their home for the next 32 seasons.

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17. In 1988, the Los Angeles Kings traded with the Edmonton Oilers to get their captain Wayne Gretzky, leading to a successful phase of the franchise that raised hockey's popularity in Los Angeles.

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18. The Los Angeles Kings were the first of the 6 new teams to choose, and they selected Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk.

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19. The Los Angeles Kings are approaching rock bottom, which means their roster purging is expected to continue.

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20. The Los Angeles Kings likely hope to rejuvenate Hagelin and move him again at the deadline.

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21. The Los Angeles Kings signed Kovalchuk over the offseason after his absence from the NHL and he is leading his team in points.

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22. The Los Angeles Kings are in some ways very similar to the Blues.

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23. Los Angeles Kings were once one of the best closing teams in the NHL, but that's a work-in-progress in 2018.

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24. The Los Angeles Kings were once one of the best closing teams in the NHL and we'll have to get it from a few more guys.

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25. The Los Angeles Kings had scored 100 or more points in each of their seven previous contests.

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26. Los Angeles Kings were held to their worst field goal percentage of the season, going 32 of 92 from the field.

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27. The Los Angeles Kings won the Cup in 2012 and 2014 under coach Darryl Sutter, who was replaced by Stevens on April 10, 2017.

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28. In 1973, the Los Angeles Kings hired Bob Miller as their play-by-play announcer.

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29. Los Angeles Kings presently acknowledge an affiliation with a number of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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30. For the 2015 Stadium Series, the Los Angeles Kings wore a tricolored jersey featuring the team's silver, black and white colors.

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31. Los Angeles Kings wore silver jerseys with white trim, black stripes and shoulder yoke during the 2014 NHL Stadium Series.

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32. Los Angeles Kings debuted in the NHL wearing purple—officially, "Forum blue"—and gold uniforms.

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33. In the next season, the Los Angeles Kings clinched the playoffs as a wild card, but were swept by the expansion Golden Knights.

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34. On June 16, 2016 the Los Angeles Kings named Anze Kopitar the 14th captain in team history, replacing Dustin Brown, who had led the team for the past eight seasons.

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35. The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in five games, culminating with an Alec Martinez goal in the second overtime of Game 5 at Staples Center.

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36. In the Final, the Los Angeles Kings faced the Eastern Conference-winning New York Rangers, who had defeated the Montreal Canadiens in six games in the Eastern Finals.

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37. For the third time, the Los Angeles Kings were finalists after finishing third in their division and sixth or lower in their conference.

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38. The Los Angeles Kings became the first team in NHL history to win three Game 7s en route to a Stanley Cup Finals berth.

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39. In the second round, the Los Angeles Kings played another in-state rival, Anaheim.

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40. In the first round of the 2014 playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings played their in-state rivals, the San Jose Sharks.

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41. The Los Angeles Kings finished the season as the fifth seed in the West and began the defense of the Cup on the road against the St Louis Blues, who they swept in the 2012 playoffs.

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42. The Los Angeles Kings became the first eight seed champion in any of the North American major leagues, the first Stanley Cup champion that finished below fifth in its conference, and the third to finish below second in its division.

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43. In doing so, the Los Angeles Kings became the first NHL team to enter the playoffs as the eighth seed and eliminate the first—and second-seeded teams in the Conference.

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44. The Los Angeles Kings entered the 2011 playoffs as the seventh seed in the West and played San Jose in the first round.

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45. In the second round, the Los Angeles Kings forced seven games in their series against the Avalanche, but lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champions.

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46. The Los Angeles Kings made the playoffs for two seasons, but they were unable to get out of the first round given the playoff structuring forced them to play either the Oilers or the equally powerful Calgary Flames en route to the Conference Finals.

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47. In 1988, the Los Angeles 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.

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48. Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles.

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