Happy Anniversary L.A.

Today marks the 44th anniversary of the Los Angeles Kings’ first game. Before the 1967-1968 NHL season started, the league decided it was time for expansion. Six franchises were awarded before the season, the California Seals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota North Stars, St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings. On October 14th, 1967, the Kings opened up their inaugural season at Long Beach Arena with a game against another expansion team, the Philadelphia Flyers. In front of their home crowd, the Kings went on to beat the Flyers 4-2. The Kings would finish their first season in 2nd place in the West Division, but wouldn’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs.

 

Ironically enough, the Los Angeles Kings, and former Flyer Captain Mike Richards, are facing off against the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow night. But unlike 44 years ago, this game will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. The undefeated Flyers look to give Philly sports fans a much needed morale boost tomorrow night, but history may stand with the Kings…

 

 

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