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Sure, in past the LA Kings have honored one of my favorite players of all-time. They've celebrated a guy who scored 50 points in 105 games for the Kings. And there are probably a whole bunch of players that they should be honoring as LA Kings Legends. But none of that matters Saturday at Staples Center... because the LA are wearing their Purple and Gold (Forum Blue) jerseys!!! Oh... and the Kings are also honoring one of the rarest players to ever suit up for this franchise.
Rarest in the sense that he's one of the few players
to wear all of these various LA Kings jerseys.
As well as the standard-issue uniform of the late 1990s.
People don't realize just what a cult hero Ian Laperriere was amongst LA Kings fans. Ian was voted the teams' Most Popular Player 4 out of the 9 seasons he played in LA.
1996-97 Dan Bylsma/Ian Laperriere
1999-00 Ian Laperriere
2000-01 Ian Laperriere
2002-03 Ian Laperriere
Screw you, Dan Bylsma.
But most importantly, Ian Laperriere was known for his sense of humor.
Boy, that music sure is catchy, huh?
So apparently in the early 2000s the Fox Sports West video gear
did not include an "edit" button.
I guess that in addition to 8 minute awful sports comedy segments, Ian Laperriere was known for one more thing...
The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier and Jonathan Quick. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf