Today in Hockey History: Sept. 27

Today in Hockey History: Sept. 27

September 27th, 2020 On this date, the National Hockey League did two things for the first time it would later do on a regular basis; play outdoors and in the city of Las Vegas. Also, a future dynasty made its league debut on Long Island to less than ideal results. NHL Gets First Taste of Vegas &...
The Kings Must Draft Quinton Byfield

The Kings Must Draft Quinton Byfield

September 25th, 2020 The 2020 NHL Entry Draft is stacked. It may be the deepest draft since 2015. (from 'The Big 13: 2020 NHL draft has most attacking talent of any draft of this century,' Edmonton Journal, 05/14/2020). The consensus first overall pick this draft is Alexis Lafreniere. Assuming he’s not...
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September 20th, 2020
Kings History

There have been some unique moments in National Hockey League history that have occurred on this date. Two heated rivals in California closed out an old barn with a crazy preseason game while another franchise made their league debut. Plus, an all-time great was born in Quebec. Feisty Finale at the Forum Due to the Staples Center not being ready until mid-October, the Los Angles Kings had to play their 1999 preseason schedule at the Great Western Forum. On September 20, 1999, the Kings played their final game ever at the old building, hosting the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in a memorable preseason tilt. The Kings beat up their local rivals 8-1 in a game that may have reminded those in attendance of the 1970s hockey comedy “Slap Shot.” Both head coaches dressed more of their enforcer-type players than they likely would have for a regular-season game. This led to a feisty affair between two teams that did not care for each...
September 19th, 2020
Kings History

Sept. 18 was a good day for National Hockey League debuts as a former number one overall pick and a new franchise took to the ice for the first time. Also, the largest crowd to ever gather for an NHL game showed up in Florida for a preseason tilt. Finally, a pair of future Hall of Famers moved on to Toronto. Lindros Makes League Debut Although it took a year longer than most had expected, Eric Lindros took the ice for his first NHL game on Sept. 19, 1992. Ironically, his first game was against the Quebec Nordiques, the team that drafted him in 1991 and he refused to play for. Lindros gave the Flyers an immediate return on the big price they paid to acquire him the previous June. He scored a goal and had an assist in the Flyers’ 4-3 preseason win over the Nordiques. Lindros was a force during the 1990s. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images) He had a very successful rookie season with 41 goals, 75 points and 147 penalty minutes in 61 games. He finished...
September 18th, 2020
Kings History

This has been a very important date in the history of the National Hockey League. In addition to two franchise playing in their first games, Sept. 18 has been the birth date of four members of the Hockey Hall of Fame; three great players and one legendary coach. A Pair of NHL Debuts The Los Angeles Kings were one of six teams who joined the NHL for the 1967-68 season, doubling the size of the league from six to 12. On Sept. 18, 1967, they played their first-ever game in Guelph, Ontario. They lost 7-3 against the Minnesota North, another team from the expansion class of 1967. They beat the North Stars in a preseason rematch the following night. Hall of Fame defenseman Red Kelly was behind the bench for Kings' inaugural season. He led them to a 31-33-10 record and an appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. They were defeated in seven games by the North Stars in the opening round. Five years later, on Sept....
September 17th, 2020
Los Angeles Kings

For the 29th place Los Angeles Kings, last season was one to forget. The team lacked scoring and lost an absurd amount of road games. No matter how bad of a season it was, there were a few players that showed signs of hope. These should be the guys to watch in the 2020-21 season, as they can continue to uptrend. Although this list can change between now and the start of the season due to the draft, free agency, and trades, here are five current Kings players to watch in the 2020-21 season. 5: Alex Iafallo Iafallo has always played a solid role for the Kings. He filled the first-line, left-wing role this past season, playing with Anze Kopitar. Iafallo also played on the first power play unit last season. He is not a super young guy, as he is 26 years old, but he has been on a consistent uptrend over the last few seasons. Related: A Royal Celebration: All-Time LA Kings by Country In the 2017-18 season, Iafallo's first season, he put up a points-per-game (P/GP) rate of...