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THE BEST MUSTACHE IN KINGS HISTORY

In honor of Jacques Grande, LAKings.com investigates.

Wednesday, 06.11.2008 / 2:45 PM / Features
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THE BEST MUSTACHE IN KINGS HISTORY
As the new movie Love Guru starring Mike Myers, Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake has its world premiere Wednesday night at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, previews of the comedy have hit mainstream television, movie theaters and of course the web.

As a result, stunning images of Timberlake, who plays Kings goaltender Jacques Grande in the movie, have begun to emerge with the pop star sporting an incredible mustache that the likes of former King George Parros might be jealous of.

That got LAKings.com thinking about some of the great staches in Kings history.


Jacques Grande
Goaltender Jacques Grande
Kings goaltender Jacques Grande.
Grande, is a fictional character from the upcoming comedy, "The Love Guru." Grande, played by a mustache sporting Justin Timberlake, is a star netminder for the Los Angeles Kings, leading the Crownshirts to the Stanley Cup Finals vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Dave Lewis
Defenseman Dave Lewis
Former Kings defenseman/current assistant coach Dave Lewis.
Lewis played for the Kings from 1979-1983, appearing in 221 games and scoring 5-36=41, along with 238 penalty minutes. Lewis also appeared in 18 post season games with LA, earning seven assists. Lewis served as Kings captain for two seasons from 1981-83. He just completed his first season as an assistant coach in Los Angeles and has served as a head coach and an assistant coach in the NHL for the past 20 years following a 15-year playing career with a mustache in the NHL. In 2006-07, he served as Boston’s Head Coach and compiled a 35-41-6 record. Previously he worked as a head coach (2002-04), associate coach (1996-02) and assistant coach (1988-96) with Detroit where he won three Stanley Cup championships in 1997, 1998 and 2002.

George Parros
Right Wing George Parros

Former Kings enforcer George Parros.
The Kings eighth round draft choice, 222nd overall, in 1999, Parros appeared in 55 games in Los Angeles, collecting 138 PIM and scoring 2-3=5. In 2006-07, Parros was waived by Los Angeles, signed by Colorado and waived by the Avalanche, before landing in Anaheim. For his career, Parros and his mustache has tallied 423 PIMs in 158 games, scoring 4-7=11, while appearing in six games with the Ducks, winning the Stanley Cup in 2006-07.


Terry Ruskowski
Center Terry Ruskowski
Former Kings center Terry Ruskowski.
Ruskowski appeared in 226 games with the Kings from 1982-85, scoring 37-88=125 in 226 games with the Kings. He too had a knack for collecting PIMs, tallying 360 during his Kings career. He added two assists in three postseason games during the 1985 playoffs. Ruskowski would leave the Kings and take his mustache with him following the 1984-85 season, signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins and later the Minnesota North Stars before retiring following the 2000-01 season. For his career, Ruskowski scored 113-313=426 with 1,354 PIMs in 630 NHL games. He added 86 PIMs in 21 post season games.

Charlie Simmer
Left wing Charlie Simmer
Former Kings left wing Charlie Simmer.
Best known for his years on the Kings "Triple Crown Line," Simmer and his mustache tallied 222-244=466 in 384 games with the Kings from 1977=85. He played in 1981 and 1984 All-Star games, and was a First Team NHL All-Star in 1980 and 1981. Simmer would have three more productive seasons in the NHL after leaving the Kings after being traded to Boston on Oct. 24, 1985. For his career, Simmer scored 342-369-711 in 712 games with the Oakland Seals, Cleveland Barons, Kings, Boston Bruins and finally the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Juha Widing
Center Juha Widing
Former Kings center Juha Widing.
Widing played for the Kings from 1969-77, appearing in 502 games with the club and scoring 131-211=343. He also saw action in eight post season games with LA, scoring 1-2=3. Widing was originally traded to Los Angeles by the NY Rangers with Real Lemieux for Ted Irvine on Feb. 28, 1970, after appearing in 44 games in the Big Apple, collecting 7-7=14. The Kings would trade Widing to Cleveland by Los Angeles with Gary Edwards for Jim Moxey and Gary Simmons, Jan. 22, 1977. Widing and his mustache would play in 29 more NHL games with the Cleveland Barons in 1976-77.

Rogie Vachon
Goaltender Rogie Vachon
Kings Hall of Fame goaltender Rogie Vachon.
Vachon spent seven seasons (1971-72 to 1977-78) with the Kings putting an undeniable mark on the club's record book. He is the Kings' all-time leader in games played (389), wins (171) and shutouts (32). Perhaps his greatest season wearing the Forum purple and gold was 1974-75, the year Vachon posted a 27-14-13 record (including six shutouts) and a 2.24 GAA.

After Vachon ended his playing career during the 1981-82 season, he returned to the Kings as an assistant coach. On Jan. 30, 1984, Vachon was named General Manager of the Kings, a post he held for eight-plus seasons. Vachon remains active with the Kings, serving as a Royal Ambassador.