Los Angeles Kings Logo – Los Angeles Kings is a professional team of ice hockey in the United States located in Los Angeles (California). The franchise was founded in 1967 as an expansion team, and settled in Inglewood until 1999, when they moved to Staples Center in downtown. The team plays in the National Hockey League framed in the Pacific Division.
The city of Los Angeles was interested in hosting a franchise in the NHL, as the state of California and had several hockey teams in various local leagues. When the National League decided to expand, the Canadian entrepreneur Jack Kent Cooke, owner of Los Angeles Lakers, paid two million dollars for having one of the six seats that were granted. Cooke decided to install its equipment in the city angelina, as the community of hockey fans had to add a significant number of citizens from northern states of the west coast in the United States and Canada. The new club was called the Los Angeles Kings, adopted the purple and gold as primary colors and would play in The Forum.
During his first season involved players like Bill Flett, Eddie Joyal, Eddie Shack and Real Lemieux and others. During its first few seasons the Kings got confirmed as a competitive team, but from the 1970’s his game deteriorated significantly. There was a bad sport management, which the team would rather sign players in their late career, and did not recover until 1974 when, under the command of Bob Pulford, re-qualify for a playoff. Soon after, the signings of Marcel Dionne and Rogie Vachon helped the Kings to finish in second place in the Norris Division in 1975. Dionne formed in 1979 a triple line known as Triple Crown, along with rookie Dave Troyes and Charlie Simmer, who served for Los Angeles had one of the best attacks in the NHL.
In 1979 the former athlete Jerry Buss bought the Lakers Cooke, Kings and The Forum for a total of 67.5 million. The new owner kept the team intact block, so the Triple Crown dominated the 1980 championship with 146 goals and 182 assists in his three stars, getting into the All-Star team with his goalie Mario Lessard. But despite the success of individual players, the Kings never got beyond the first round of the playoffs until 1982.