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The Los Angeles Kings joined the NHL as part of the league’s 1967 Expansion and were owned by Jack Kent Cooke, who also owned the LA Lakers. The Kings didn’t find consistent success until the 1970s and early 1980s when they were led by the Triple Crown Line, one of the most successful lines in NHL history. In 1988, the Kings sent shockwaves throughout the sports world when they traded for Wayne Gretzky, which eventually led to the team’s first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1993 and helped hockey establish roots in California. Gretzky was eventually traded to the Blues in 1996, which set the franchise back. However, in the 2010s, they rebounded and won Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014. 

Kings Should Trade For Kraken’s Oliver Bjorkstrand

The Los Angeles Kings were eliminated in Round 1 of the 2024 Playoffs by the Edmonton Oilers, and changes are needed. After promoting interim head coach Jim Hiller to permanent head coach, the team echoed a need for improvement in the forward core, specifically regarding goal-scoring from around the net. This desire for change began with the departure of Pierre-Luc Dubois and is unlikely to end there. With options cut out for the Kings, could they go after Seattle Kraken forward Oliver Bjorkstrand? Why Bjorkstrand Makes Sense for the Kings The Kraken acquired Bjorkstrand in a trade with the Columbus…

Revisiting Blue Jackets and Jets’ Dubois for Laine Trade

On Jan. 23, 2021, the Columbus Blue Jackets sent Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round pick to the Winnipeg Jets for Patrick Laine and Jack Roslovic. This blockbuster saw two rising stars swap teams in a deal that shocked the NHL world. Each of the three players involved had requested trades, but the deal was still monumental. Now with Dubois on his fourth NHL team and Laine expected to be traded to his third this offseason, let’s revisit the blockbuster. Laine’s Tenure in Columbus While Laine had requested a trade, it was still unfathomable to understand why Winnipeg was giving up…

Today in Hockey History: June 23

On this date, the Hockey Hall of Fame opened its doors to the greatest player who ever laced up a pair of skates in the National Hockey League. Also, we saw a pair of historic first-overall draft picks made on June 23. So let’s begin our daily trip back in time to relive all the best moments. The Class of 99 The Hockey Hall of Fame announced its newest class for induction on June 23, 1999. The class of ’99 was all about No. 99. The Hall of Fame waived the three-year waiting period and announced that Wayne Gretzky would…

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Bruce McNall: His Rise and Fall

On Aug. 9, 1988, the hockey world changed forever. The Edmonton Oilers traded the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski, to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million in cash, and the Kings’ first-round draft picks in 1989, 1991…

Today in Hockey History: June 6

June 6 has been a hectic day throughout National Hockey League History. A pair of expansion drafts were held on this date, including the first one ever. Lord Stanley called California home for the first time, and Bean Town acquired one of its most beloved players. It’s time to begin…

Today in Hockey History: June 2

June 2 was another busy day in National Hockey League history. In addition to plenty of overtime Stanley Cup Final action, there were also some big coaching moves, a new franchise name, and one of the best defensemen ever to play the game was born. Let’s begin our daily look…

Today in Hockey History: June 1

June 1 has been a hectic day throughout the course of National Hockey League history. It has seen champions crowned, eras end, legendary arenas built, and coaching changes to go along with the games on the ice. Let’s begin our daily trip back in time to enjoy all the top…

Today in Hockey History: May 30

This date in National Hockey League history has seen its fair share of memorable moments. From Stanley Cup Final drama to coaching changes and trades, May 30 has provided us with a little bit of everything. The THW time machine is fired up and ready to take us back through…

 

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Kings FAQ

What year were the Los Angeles Kings founded?

The Los Angeles Kings joined the NHL as part of the league’s 1967 Expansion.

When did the Los Angeles Kings play their first game?

The Kings played their first game on Oct. 14, 1967, against the Philadelphia Flyers, which they won 4-2.

Who is the current head coach of the Los Angeles Kings?

Jim Hiller is the current head coach of the Los Angeles Kings.