Los Angeles’ favorite ice hockey team, the LA Kings are set to have a great season of home games at the Staples Center which are not to be missed. Ever since 1999, the Staples Center has been their home arena and the setting for numerous rounds of exciting action and proud victories. This season will again see them take on old rivals and make their mark in the Pacific Division of the National Hockey League’s Western Conference.
Historically, the LA Kings might not have had the successes their playing skills deserved – but that doesn’t make them any less popular with fans, patriotic locals and interested visitors alike. For instance, the renowned Hall of Fame member Luc Robitaille was a strong member of the LA Kings for the majority of his twenty year long career in the National Hockey League, becoming the highest scoring player in the left-winger position in the history of the sport. Elsewhere, hockey fans talk of the ‘Triple Crown Line’ approach with awe – this was the key feature of LA Kings play in the early 1980s, utilizing the skills of Simmer, Taylor and Dionne, who went on to enter the Hall of Fame himself.
More recently, things have taken a distinct upwards turn for the Kings. In 2012, the LA Kings won out over the Phoenix Coyotes to enter the Stanley Cup Finals for their first time there since 1993. They went on to win this match in style against the New Jersey Devils, winning 6-1 and becoming the first team seeded in 8th position to ever win an NHL championship. As the defending champions going in to the 2012/13 season, the LA Kings fought hard but at the semi-final hurdle lost to the number 1 seed Chicago Blackhawks and lost their title, as the Blackhawks went through to the finals – which they went on to win. The match between the LA Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks has the record for the longest game in the LA Kings history.
Catching a home game this year, then, when the Kings have it all to play for and are looking to redeem their possession with the championship title, will provide an incredible opportunity to see some top level hockey playing. It’s a must-see if you’re in hotels close to Staples Center! January 9th sees the Kings meet the Boston Bruins; January 11th will match the home team to the Detroit Red Wings and then on January 13th, the LA Kings will play the Vancouver Canucks all at home in the Staples Center.