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50 Years Ago Today

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

There was the Original Six.

Then came the Kings.

It all boiled down to a meeting on February 9, 1966, where the NHL’s Board of Governors scanned over their options for the league’s expansion to 12 teams, eventually awarding Jack Kent Cooke a franchise in Los Angeles.

Cooke, who was the Lakers’ owner at the time and a native Canadian, exclaimed, “I feel like I’m now one echelon above the President of the United States.”

After more than 500 entries were submitted for the team’s new name, Cooke landed on the Kings, who after playing their first handful of games at the Long Beach Arena and the LA Sports Arena, made their debut at The Great Western Forum on December 30, 1967.

*PHOTO: Ben White, Herald-Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

Flash forward half a decade and the Kings are set to take on an Original-Six team, the Boston Bruins, tonight at the TD Garden, where they'll wear their vintage forum gold uniforms in honor of the franchise's 50th Anniversary.

Everything’s got to start somewhere.

For the Kings, their start was 50 years ago today.

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