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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. 

Today in Hockey History: Sept. 29

On this date, one future Hockey Hall of Famer completed his tour of the state of New York via a trade. In addition, a pair of new captains were named, and Canada claimed victory in yet another big international tournament. So, let’s take a trip back in time to revisit all the top moments from Sept. 29. LaFontaine Opens on Broadway The New York Rangers acquired future Hockey Hall of Famer Pat Lafontaine on Sept. 29, 1997, by sending a second-round draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres. This move completed the trifecta as he played for all NHL teams in…

Today in Hockey History: Sept. 27

On this date, the NHL 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. So, let’s jump aboard the THW time machine to relive all the best moments this date has given us over the years. NHL Gets First Taste of Vegas & Outdoors The NHL played its very first outdoor game on Sept. 27, 1991, in a unique place. The Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers met in Las…

Los Angeles Kings’ Greatest Rivals

The Los Angeles Kings joined the NHL in the 1967-68 season. A hockey team that has been around for over half a century is bound to have some intense rivalries, and the Kings are no exception to this. Although they don’t have any rivalries on the scale of the Boston Bruins versus Montreal Canadiens, they do have a few noteworthy foes. Chicago Blackhawks The LA vs Chicago rivalry started in the early 2010s. The cause of the rivalry is that both teams were juggernauts in the Western Conference. From 2010 until 2015, the only teams that won the Stanley Cup…

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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

Todd McLellan is the current head coach for the Los Angeles Kings.