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TODAY IN KINGS HISTORY
AUGUST

1947 - Former Kings center Syl Apps Jr. (Kings all-time scoring) is born in Toronto, Ont. Apps Jr. appeared in 201 games with the Kings from 1977-80, scoring 31-72=103 in 201 games at the end of his career. Apps Jr. tallied 183-423=696 in 727 games with the NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Kings from 1970-80. Apps Jr. was originally drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round, 21st overall, in 1964. The Kings acquired him from Pittsburgh with Hartland Monahan for Dave Schultz, Gene Carr and L.A. Kings' 4th round choice (Shane Pearsall) in 1978 Amateur Draft, Nov. 2, 1977. His father, Syl, was elected in to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961 after playing 10 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing in 423 games scoring 201-231=432. He was the winner of the first Calder Trophy in 1937, and the 1942 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. Apps Jr.'s son, also named Syl, was a college hockey star at Princeton University and played four seasons of minor league hockey before retiring. His daughter Gillian, is also a hockey player, winning the Gold Medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics for the Canadian Women's Ice Hockey Team.     [Back]


1993 - The Kings signed free agents John Druce (from the Winnipeg Jets) and Rob Murphy (from the Ottawa Senators). Druce played in three seasons with the Kings, scoring 38-34=72 in 162 games from 1993-96. He was traded to Philadelphia by Los Angeles with Los Angeles' 7th round choice (Todd Fedoruk) in 1997 Entry Draft for Los Angeles' 4th round choice (previously acquired, Los Angeles selected Mikael Simons) in 1996 Entry Draft, March 19, 1996. Druce tallied 113-126=239 in 531 games with the Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets, Kings and Philadelphia Flyers. Rob Murphy played in just eight games with the Kings, tallying an assist. For his career, he tallied 9-12=21 in 125 games with the Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators and Kings.

2005 - Former Kings General Manager George Maguire passes away. Maguire was the Kings GM from 1977-84. Maguire led the team to a 204-237-91 mark in his seven seasons as General Manager, leading the Kings to the post season in each of his first five years. Ian Turnbull and Brian Engblom (Kings all-time scoring) were two of his most notable acquisitions, while drafting such players as Mark Hardy (1979), the heralded draft of 1980 (Larry Murphy, Jim Fox, Bernie Nicholls, Darren Eliot and Daryl Evans) and Kevin Stevens (1983). [Back]


1951 - Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne (Kings all-time scoring) is born in Drummondville, Que. Dionne played in the NHL from 1971-72 through 1988-89 with Detroit, Los Angeles and the New York Rangers. The fifth-greatest scorer in NHL history, Marcel Dionne was the King of Kings during his 12 seasons in Los Angeles. He had his No. 16 retired on Nov. 8, 1990. The 1975 (all-time trades) acquisition of Dionne brought Kings fans a player who performed offensive magic like no King before. In his second Kings season, (1976-77), Dionne became the first player in club history to score 50-plus goals (53) and 100-plus points (122). Dionne's greatest glory as a King came as a member of the famed "Triple Crown Line." Centering a line with right winger Dave Taylor and left winger Charlie Simmer during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dionne posted the biggest numbers of his career. Before a 1987-trade sent Dionne to the New York Rangers, he set Kings career scoring records that still stand: 757 assists and 1,307 points. Dionne retired from the NHL before the 1989-90 season and at the time, his scoring accomplishments (731 goals, 1,040 assists and 1,771 points) were surpassed by only two men - Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.  [Back]


1977 - The Kings named Ron Stewart as their new head coach ( Coaches' Photo Gallery), replacing Bob Pulford. Pulford had coached the team from 1972-77, and at the time of his departure, was the winningest coach in Kings history, posting a 178-150-68, reaching the postseason each of his last four seasons as head coach. Stewart would last just one season behind the Kings bench earning a 31-34-15 mark as Kings head coach, being swept in the preliminary round of the playoffs vs. Toronto, losing 2-0.

2005 - The Kings acquire Jeremy Roenick (Kings all-time scoring). Roenick, one of three American-born players to score 500 goals in the NHL, played one season in Los Angeles, scoring 9-13=22 in 58 games in 2005-06 before signing with Phoenix on July 4, 2006. Roenick missed 20 games of his single season with the Kings after suffering a broken finger on his left hand against Vancouver on Dec. 19, 2005.

2008 -  The Kings named Mark Hardy  (  Photo Gallery) as an Assistant Coach, promoted Jamie Kompon to Assistant Coach and Nelson Emerson to Assistant Coach/Development Coordinator. (Kings' coaching staff) The Kings also announced that they would not be bringing back Associate Coach Mike Johnston and Assistant Coach Dave Lewis for the 2008-09 season.  [Back]


1937 - Herbert Paul "Herb" Brooks, Jr. is born in St. Paul, Minn. Brooks coached in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins, posting an all-time mark of 219-22-66 in 507games. He is best known for leading the 1980 U.S. Men's Olympic Team to the Gold Medal in what is known as the the "Miracle on Ice." He coached two players on that team that would eventually play for the Los Angeles Kings, Steve Christoff and Neal Broten. In addition, at the University of Minnesota, Brooks coached one-time Kings assistant coach John Perpich from 1972-74 and Perpich started his coaching career at Minnesota under Brooks in 1978-82.

1964 - Art Ross passes away in Medford, Mass., at the age of 78. Ross was a former player and manager/coach in the National Hockey Association and later the NHL and was one of the first 12 inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945. Ross donated the Art Ross Trophy to the NHL in 1947. The Art Ross Trophy is an annual award given to the player who leads the League in scoring points at the end of the regular season. The Kings have had a player win the Art Ross Trophy four different times: Marcel Dionne in 1979-80 and Wayne Gretzky (Kings all-time scoring) in 1989-90, in 1990-91 and in 1993-94.

2002 - Long-time Lakers play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn passes away in Los Angeles, Calif. at the age of 85. Hern was the Lakers announcer from 1960 until his death in 2002. Hern helped Bob Miller secure the Kings play-by-play job and the Press Room at STAPLES Center is named after him, while the Press Box is named after Miller. “My wife Judy and I were devastated by the news and we send our thoughts and condolences to Marge and their family. Twenty-nine years go, Chick was the one who recommended me for the Kings play-by-play job and he has been a dear friend ever since," Miller said. "He had a tremendous career and a long life doing what he loved to do. He was an inspiration to sports announcers not just in Southern California, but all throughout the country. There is nothing more satisfying in life than doing what you love and doing it well, and that personified Chick. I can’t believe all that happened to him in the past year, but at least his final broadcast was another championship game."    [Back]


2003 - The Kings signed free agent John Tripp (Kings all-time scoring). Tripp tallied 1-5=6 in 34 games with the Kings during the 2003-04 season. Tripp signed to play in Germany following the 2003-04 season, where he remained during and after the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Playing in the minor leagues for 12 different teams for most of his North American career, he posted 2-7=9 in 43 NHL games with both the Kings and New York Rangers.   [Back]


1978 - The Kings signed center Dan Bonar (Kings all-time scoring) as a free agent after he was awarded the James Gatschene Memorial Trophy for MVP of the IHL for his play with the Fort Wayne Komets. Bonar tallied 25-39=64 in 170 regular season games with Los Angeles from 1980-83 and 3-4=7 in 14 playoff games, including one shorthanded goal. He was traded (Kings all-time Trades) to the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 20, 1983, for cash, but would never make another NHL appearance.  [Back]


Charlie Simmer

1977 - The Kings signed free agent left wing Charlie Simmer (Kings all-time scoring) who went on to have two 50-goal seasons (Kings scoring leaders by year) with Los Angeles. Simmer teamed with Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor to form the "Triple Crown Line," becoming the first left wing in NHL history to record back to back 100-point seasons, scoring 56-45=101 in 64 games in 1979-80, and adding 56-49=105 in 65 games the following season. For his Kings career, he scored 222-244=466 in 384 games played from 1977-85, twice being named a NHL First All-Star Team (1980, 1981) and twice representing the Kings at the NHL All-Star Game (1981, 1984). The Kings would trade Simmer to Boston for the Bruins first round choice (Dan Gratton) in the 1985 Entry Draft, Oct. 24, 1984. For his career. Simmers tallied 342-369=711 in 712 games with the California Seals, Cleveland Barons, Kings, Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.[Back]


1979 - The Kings draft Mark Hardy (Kings all-time scoring).Hardy would skate in 616 games with the Kings over two separate stints (1979-88 and 1992-94), scoring 53-250=303...his 303 points rank third in Kings history amongst blueliners, behind Rob Blake and Steve Duchesne. Hardy would finish his career posting 62-306=368 in 915 games with the Kings, NY Rangers and Minnesota North Stars. Hardy would work as an assistant coach for the Kings from 1999-2006.

1988 - In hockey's biggest trade (all-time Kings trades), Wayne Gretzky, Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley were traded (all-time Kings trades) to the Kings from Edmonton in exchange for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three first round draft choices (1989, 1991, 1993) and $15 million in cash (Photo Gallery). "The Trade", as it came to be known, upset Canadians to the extent that New Democratic Party House Leader Nelson Riis demanded that the government block it. "The National Hockey League was changed forever because he went to a big non-traditional, U.S. market. There would be no Southwest Division, no team in Nashville, probably not a team in Dallas or one in Phoenix. He took the game and dragged it west and dragged it south. This was Gretzky's manifest destiny." - Michael Farber Sports Illustrated Senior Writer. [Back]


1983 - The Kings signed center Wes Jarvis (Kings all-time scoring) and Mark Lofthouse as free agents. Lofthouse, orginally drafted by Washington in the second round (21st overall) of the 1977 NHL Entry Draft but mostly a career minor leaguer, played the Kings AHL-Affiliate New Haven Nighthawks from 1983-87, never playing a game with the Kings. Jarvis did join the team and tallied 9-13=22 in his lone season in Los Angeles in 1983-84 before signing with Toronto. He would play in 237 career NHL games with the Washington Capitals, Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring 31-55=86.  

2001 - Kings announced that they have hired Andy Nowicki as Goaltending Consultant (Kings Coaching History). Nowicki had worked with goaltending prospects at the Kings' training camps for two years prior, and took over the job of working with and evaluating Kings prospective netminders, including potential draft picks or acquisitions. Some of the goaltenders that Nowicki coached included Jamie Storr, Felix Potvin, Mathieu Garon and Jason LaBarbera. On April 18, 2006, Nowicki was relieved of his duties when Dave Taylor, the Kings' President, Hockey Operations/General Manager and the entire coaching staff did not have their contract renewed by the Kings. [Back]


2000 - The Kings signed free agent Peter LeBoutillier. Le Boutillier would never suit up for the Kings as he was forced to retire do to a knee injury. He appeared in 35 NHL games with the Mighty Ducks during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons, scoring 2-1=3 with 176 PIMs. LeBoutillier was taken 133rd overall by the Ducks in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft after he scored 27 goals and added 159 PIMs for the WHL's Red Deer Rebels.

2008 - The Kings agree to terms with first-round pick (second overall), defenseman Drew Doughty on a three-year entry-level contract. Doughty would go on to lead all NHL rookies and the Kings in ice-time in 2008-09, scoring 6-21=27 in 81 games on the Kings blueline.[Back]


1994 - The Kings named recently retired right wing Dave Taylor ( Photo Gallery) as their new Assistant to the General Manager (Sam McMaster). Taylor replaced McMaster, who held the post from May 24, 1994 to April 22, 1997, and was fired after posting a 68-106-38 mark and failing to reach the playoffs in any of his four seasons. Dave Taylor would hold the position until April 18, 2006, posting a 290-261-105 mark in 656 games, advancing to the postseason in four of his eight seasons as GM. Taylor would re-acquire Luc Robitaille, trade for Ziggy Palffy, Felix Potvin, Adam Deadmarsh, Jason Allison, and Sean Avery in some of his notable trades, while also drafting Eric Belanger (1996), Olli Jokinen, Alexander Frolov and Lubomir Visnovsky (2000), Michael Cammalleri (2001), Dustin Brown (2003) and Anze Kopitar (2005).

1998 - The Kings announced that the groundbreaking of the new training facility in El Segundo for the Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Sparks will take place on April 28, 1999. To this day, the Kings still call Toyota Sports Center home, holding their practices and training camps at the facility.

2008 - Former Kings' radio color commentator and U.S.A. women's ice hockey gold medal winner Cammi Granato (all-time Kings broadcasters) is inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. A seven-time member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Granato is the all-time leading scorer in U.S. Women’s National Team and women’s international hockey history, and is one of the most recognized women’s hockey players in the sport. An integral part of the women’s team on and off the ice - Granato was with the team from its inception in 1990-2006 – she traveled and played throughout North America and the world, promoting women’s hockey while serving as the sports unofficial ambassador. In 1996, she earned the USA Women’s Hockey Player of the Year Award. She is joined by Stanley Cup winners Brian Leetch, Mike Richter and Brett Hull.  [Back]


1979 - The Los Angeles Kings announced that the team had come to agreements with defenseman Randy Manery and center Steve Carlson on multi-year contracts. Manery had played two seasons already with the Kings, coming from the Atlanta Flames in exchange for Ab DeMarco Jr. on May 23, 1977(all-time Kings trades). Manery was second in scoring amongst blue liners both seasons with Los Angeles tallying 33 and 35 points, respectively (Kings all-time scoring). Carlson was aquired by the Kings in the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft from the WHA Edmonton Oilers, and played just one season with the Kings, scoring 9-12=21 in 52 games.

2000 - The Kings signed free-agent defenseman Mathieu Schneider (Kings all-time scoring). Schneider spent three seasons in Los Angeles, scoring 37-87=124 in 193 games from 2000-03. The Kings made the playoffs in two of the three seasons that Schneider was on the team. Schneider still holds the Kings postseason record for most assists in a game/period by a defenseman for his three-assist performance vs. Detroit on April 18, 2001.      [Back]


1959 - Earvin "Magic" Johnson is born in Lansing, Mich. Johnson played in the NBA from 1979-96, winning five NBA Championships and was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Wayne Gretzky and Magic Johnson both have statues outside of STAPLES Center[Back]

1972 - Kings announced that they would hold their off-season traning camp in Victoria, B.C. for the third year in a row. "We have been quite satisfied with the facilities in Victoria," general manager Larry Regan said. "The climate is similar to that of Los Angeles and also the media has a chance to come up and see a major league hockey camp." The team originally moved their camp in 1970 from Barrie, Ont. to Victoria because of concerns over players getting acclimated to the time and the weather of the West Coast and spent five Septembers training at the Victoria Memorial Coliseum. Training camp moved to Los Angeles for the first time in September of 1974, when the team held their first camp at the Great Western Forum, seven years after joining the NHL.

2001 - The Kings announced that they had accepted NHL arbitration and signed defenseman Aaron Miller (Kings all-time scoring) to a two-year contract. Miller was originally acquired from the Colorado Avalanche along with Adam Deadmarsh, Jared Aulin, Colorado's first-round choice in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (David Steckel) and Colorado's first-round choice in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (Brian Boyle) for Rob Blake and Steve Reinprecht on February 21, 2001. Miller played in parts of six seasons with the Kings, scoring 8-48=56 in 309 regular season games.


1947 - Former Kings defenseman Shelly Kannegiesser (Kings all-time scoring) is born in North Bay, Ont. Kannegiesser played in 234 games with the Kings from 1973-77, scoring 10-50=60 with 170 PIMs. The Kings made the playoffs in three of his four seasons with the club. Kannegiesser also saw action with the Pittsburgh Penguins, NY Rangers and Vancouver Canucks, playing in 366 games, scoring 14-67=81 from 1970-78. His older brother Gord also made it to the NHL, appearing in 23 games with the St. Louis Blues in 1967-68 and 1971-72, scoring 0-1=1 in 23 games.  [Back]


1966 - Former Kings right winger Ed Olczyk (Kings all-time scoring) is born in Chicago, Ill. Olczyk played just one of his 20 NHL seasons with the Kings, scoring 21-23=44 in 1996-97. For his career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, NY Rangers, Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins, Olczyk tallied 342-452=794 in 1,031 games. The Kings would deal (All-Time Trades) him to Pittsburgh for Glen Murray on March 18, 1997. [Back]

2001 - Kings announced the signing of free agent right wing Rob Valicevic (Kings all-time scoring) to a one-year contract. A sixth-round pick (114th overall) of the New York Islanders in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Valicevic played just 17 games with the Kings during the 2001-02 season, scoring 1-1=2. He played two more seasons in the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars before finishing his career in Germany.


1967 - Former Kings center Nelson Emerson (Kings all-time scoring) is born in Hamilton, Ont. Emerson, who played the last three seasons of his career with the Kings - officially announcing his retirement on July 28, 2002 - before joining the Kings coaching staff. Emerson scored 195-293=488 in 771 games with the St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers and finally the Kings. For his Kings career, he tallied 17-14=31 in 124 games from 1999-2000. The Kings advanced to the playoffs in each of Emerson's three seasons in Los Angeles.    [Back]


1941 - Former Kings defenseman Bob Woytowich (Kings all-time scoring) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Woytowich tallied four assists in 36 games played with the Kings during the 1971-72 season. For his NHL career, which began in 1964 and ended in 1972, Woytowich appeared in 503 games with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and finally the Kings. Ironically, Woytowich was Minnesota's captain - the first in North Stars' history - when the North Stars defeated the Kings in seven games, 4-3, during the Kings first playoff appearance.
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1958 - Former Kings defenseman Don Waddell (Kings all-time scoring) is born in Detroit, Mich. Waddell was selected 111th overall, in the 1978 Amateur Draft by the Los Angeles Kings on June 15, 1978 and he played in the NHL for only one game with the Kings during the 1980-81 season. Upon his retirement, Waddell built two professional hockey franchises (San Diego and Orlando of the now defunct International Hockey League) serving as vice president and general manager of the San Diego Gulls from 1990-95 - where he also served as the head coach for the 1991-92 season, taking the team to the franchise's first playoff berth - and of the Orlando Solar Bears from 1995-97. Prior to San Diego, Waddell spent two seasons with the Flint Spirits of the IHL, for which he served as head coach/general manager from 1988-89 and general manager from 1989-90. He also won a Stanley Cup serving as assistant general manager for the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings. Waddell was named the first General Manager of the Atlanta Thrashers on June 23, 1998.   [Back]


1966 - Former Kings defenseman Steven Finn (Kings all-time scoring) is born in Laval, Quebec. Finn played two seasons with LA from 1995-97, scoring 5-5=10 in 104 games with the Kings. Finn was named the Kings Outstanding Defenseman his first season in Los Angeles in 1995-96. The Kings acquired Finn from Tampa Bay for Michel Petit (All-Time Trades) on Nov. 13, 1995. Finn played just 16 games for Tampa Bay before being dealt to the Kings. Prior to joining the Lightning, spent eight seasons with the Quebec Nordiques. For his career, Finn tallied 34-78=112, in 725 games.    [Back]


2006 - The Kings announced plans to retire Luc Robitaille’s jersey No. 20 ( 700K), set for a ceremony on Jan. 20, 2007. (Kings all-time jersey numbers). Robitaille, a former ninth-round selection by the Kings and member of the Kings Hall of Fame, went on to become the highest scoring left wing in NHL history. Robitaille played his last game in the NHL on April 17, 2006, and holds numerous club records, including the mark for most goals scored, as he tallied 557 goals in his 1,077 regular season games with the club.  [Back]


1972 - Kings obtained veteran defenseman Terry Harper in a trade (all-time Kings trades) with the Montreal Canadiens. Harper played for the Kings from 1972-75, recording 6-46=52 in 234 games and serving as Kings captain for two seasons before being dealt to Detroit as part of the Marcel Dionne signing. For his career, Harper played in 1,066 games with the Canadiens, Kings, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Colorado Rockies, scoring 35-221=256 from 1962-81, playing in the NHL All-Star game four times (1965, 1967, 1973, 1975), twice with the Kings, while also becoming the first King to score a goal at an NHL All-Star game in 1973, at Madison Square Garden.  [Back]


2001 - The Kings announced the signing of free agent defenseman Jason Holland (Kings all-time scoring), who had previously played for the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres. Holland appeared in 57 games with the Kings, scoring 3-4=7. For his career, he appeared in 81 games with the NY Islanders, Sabres and Kings, scoring 4-5=9. Holland was drafted in the second round, 38th overall, by the NY Islanders in 1994, ahead of Jose Theodore (No. 44), Fredrik Modin (No. 64), Chris Drury (No. 72), Milan Hejduk (No. 87), Marty Turco (No. 124), Daniel Alfredsson (No. 133) and Tomas Holmstrom (No. 257), to name a few.   [Back]


1987 - Kings center Anze Kopitar is born in Jesenice, Slovenia. Kopitar was the 11th overall draft pick by the Kings in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and is the first Slovenian national to play in the NHL.    [Back]


1943 - Former Kings center Pete Stemkowski (Kings all-time scoring) is born in Winnipeg, Man. Stemkowski tallied 13-18=31 in his lone season in Los Angeles , which was the last of his 15-year career in 1977-78. Stemkowski tallied 206-349=555 in 967 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, NY Rangers and finally the Kings. He was a member of the last Maple Leafs team to win the Stanley Cup in 1967.    [Back]


1971 - Former Kings goaltender Terry Sawchuk (Kings all-time goalies) was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with Harvey "Busher" Jackson and Ralph "Cooney" Weiland. Sawchuck was inducted posthumously, following his death on May 31, 1970. Sawchuck was the Kings first goaltender, posting an 11-14-6 mark in 36 games played in 1967-68. He finished with an incredible 447 wins and 103 shutouts in 971 games played.  [Back]


1993 - The Kings traded (all-time Kings trades) Marty McSorley to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Shawn McEachern. McEachern would play one season for the Kings, scoring 8-13=21 with 24 PIMs in 49 games played for the Kings in 1993-94. McEachern would tally 256 goals and 579 points in his 911-game NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Kings, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators and Atlanta Thrashers. The Kings would trade McEachern along with Tomas Sandstrom, back to the Pittsburgh Penguins, for McSorley and Jim Paek on Feb. 16, 1994. [Back]


1997 - The Kings re-acquired (all-time Kings trades) Luc Robitaille from the New York Rangers in exchange for Kevin Stevens. Robitaille had begun his NHL career with Los Angeles in 1986-87, but was traded (all-time Kings trades) following the 1993-94 season. Robitaille, a former ninth-round selection by the Kings and member of the Kings Hall of Fame, went on to become the highest scoring left wing in NHL history and is also the most recent King to have his sweater retired. Robitaille holds numerous club records, including the mark for most goals scored, as he tallied 557 goals in his 1,077 regular season games with the club.

2008 - The Kings  agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with defenseman Colten Teubert, the club’s first-round selection (13th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. [Back]


1997 - The Kings acquired (all-time Kings trades) Jozef Stumpel and Sandy Moger from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Dimitri Khristich and Byron Dafoe (Kings all-time goalies). Stumpel would play with the Kings from 1997-2004, scoring 76-191=267, with his best season coming in 1997-98, scoring 21-58=79. The Kings advanced to the postseason during three of his six seasons, with Stumpel scoring 4-11=15 in 21 games. After the lockout, Stumpel would sign with the Florida Panthers. Mogel appeared in 104 games with the Kings from 1997-99, scoring 14-15=29.

2003 - The Kings announced the first Pacific Division Shootout, a rookie tournament between the Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks that ran from 2003-06. The Coyotes won the inaugural event, with a 3-1 win over the Kings on Sept. 8, 2003; the Ducks won the event in 2004, with a 7-2 win over the Kings on Sept. 13, 2004; Anaheim also won the event with a 4-3 win over Los Angeles on Sept. 11, 2005; while Phoenix won the event for a second time in 2006, with an OT win over the Kings in the championship game on Sept. 12, 2006.  [Back]


1941 - Former Kings right winger Lowell MacDonald (Kings all-time scoring) is born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. MacDonald tallied 35-38=73 in 132 games during the first two seasons of the Kings existence in 1967-69, before retiring...however, he would return to hockey and enjoy seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins before officially retiring in 1978. He would score 180-210=390 in 506 games with he Red Wings, Kings and Penguins from 1961-78, winning the Bill Masterton Trophy in 1973 while playing in the NHL All-Star Game in 1973 and 1974. He also recorded the first home hat trick in Kings history on Nov. 19, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.   [Back]


1977 - The Kings signed veteran center Peter Stemkowski (Kings all-time scoring) as a free agent. Stemkowski tallied 13-18=31 in his lone season in Los Angeles , which was the last of his 15-year career in 1977-78. Stemkowski tallied 206-349=555 in 967 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, NY Rangers and finally the Kings. He was a member of the last Maple Leafs team to win the Stanley Cup in 1967.   [Back]