The 5 Best Uniforms in Los Angeles Kings History
The Los Angeles Kings were one of six teams that entered the NHL as part of the 1967 expansion. Owner Jack Kent Cooke wanted the uniforms to have a royal look like his other team, the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers.
The purple and gold (or forum blue and gold, as Cooke called them) remained the team's colors until 1988, when they switched to silver and black. A decade later the Kings shifted to a purple, black and white color scheme.
That brings us to the present day, where the official colors are black, silver and white.
Over the course of those 45 years there have been six unique logos to go along with the many color changes.
With that in mind, here are the best uniforms in Kings history.
It's known simply as "The Burger King Jersey."
But, there was nothing simple about it.
Philip F. Anschutz and Edward P. Roski bought the Kings out of bankruptcy in 1995 and soon introduced the first third jersey in franchise history. It featured a completely new logo over the heart, while the silver and black logo appeared on each shoulder.
5. The Shield
The Kings tossed out the iconic silver and black uniforms in 1998 and brought purple back into the mix.
These jerseys featured a new shield-shaped logo, which included three primary images: a crown, a lion and a sun. It also incorporated the words "LA Kings" and two hockey sticks which crossed over one another.
It's easily the Kings' most detailed logo to date. The uniforms had crowns on each shoulder and "Los Angeles" across the bottom of the front.
This was the Kings' home and away uniform until 2002, at which point it became the team's third jersey and the shield became the secondary logo.
The Kings introduced their fourth alternate jersey on Nov. 22, 2008.
The simple, nearly all-black design was conceived by Luc Robitaille and easily won over the players. The logo takes on a shape reminiscent of the shield logo, but includes just "LA" and a small crown. It also pays homage to the Gretzky years and the silver-and-black era in general.
In the 2011-12 season black, silver and white became the team's official colors and the uniform went from being the team's alternate, to its primary home and away uniform. A white version was created for road games, while the black is worn at home.
3. The Crown
In a rare event, the Kings altered their uniforms without making a major change to the color scheme.
2002 saw the team change primary logos from the shield to the crown. The elegantly designed crown was originally unveiled in 1999 and was featured on the team's third jersey. It brought back memories of the Kings original logo, while the rest of the jersey remained the same.
This home and away uniform was worn predominantly during one of the most frustrating periods in Kings history, as the team failed to make the playoffs from 2003 to 2009.
A slightly altered version of this uniform now serves as L.A.'s third jersey.
2. Silver and Black
The Wayne Gretzky trade will be remembered forever as one the biggest, most shocking trades not only in NHL history, but sports history.
The Kings owner at the time, Bruce McNall, decided to take advantage of the situation and unveil a drastically different L.A. uniform (skip to 3:30 of the video). For the first time in franchise history, the team would not wear purple and gold like the Lakers. Instead, they would wear silver and black, like the Los Angeles (now Oakland) Raiders.
These sleek jerseys were used for a decade, the first half of which featured some of the greatest years in franchise history.
Hopefully some day the Kings will wear it again as an alternate uniform.
1. The Original
In this case, nothing beats the original.
Hardcore L.A. fans will know the original purple and gold uniform (or forum blue and gold) actually underwent a couple minor changes from 1967 to 1988. However, rather than have them take up three spots on the list, they're all honored at No. 1.
The uniforms were the first in NHL history to feature purple and they also included gold pants for a period of time. They're also the only jersey in Kings history to feature a logo that wasn't identical to the team's primary one.
Beautiful and unique, there has been nothing quite like them in the NHL before, or since.
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