Even though All-Star Weekend has come and gone, it doesn't mean we can't keep having fun with the 3-on-3 All-Star format!
I've assembled five LA Kings teams to create All-Star rosters for each decade in the franchise's history.
For the purposes of this list we'll be constructing All-Star Teams using the current 3-on-3 format:
- Each team will consist of 10 Kings from each decade in the franchise's history
- Teams will consist of six forwards, three defensemen and one goalie
- The lines below each consist of two forwards and one defensemen
- If a player's time in Los Angeles spanned multiple decades, the decade the player spent the bulk of his Kings career will be favored
Let's get All Star-ted.
(Editor's note: *audible groan*)
1967 - 1976
Butch Goring - Bob Berry - Gilles Marotte
Juha Widing - Mike Corrigan - Robert Murdoch
Eddie Joyal - Bill Flett - Terry Harper
Hall-of-Famer Rogie Vachon brings stability in net for the young expansion team.
1977 - 1986
Marcel Dionne - Dave Taylor - Jay Wells
Bernie Nicholls - Jim Fox - Larry Murphy
Charlie Simmer - Mike Murphy - Mark Hardy
The Miracle on Manchester was played during this decade and it's no coincidence that all 10 players chosen for this team appeared in that game.
1987 - 1996
Wayne Gretzky - Luc Robitaille - Rob Blake
Jari Kurri - Tony Granato - Marty McSorley
Jimmy Carson - Tomas Sandstrom - Steve Duchesne
At the time, the Kings deep run in the 1993 playoffs was the closest the team had ever come to winning the Stanley Cup. No surprise that nine of the players selected helped get that team there.
1997 - 2006
Jozeph Stumpel - Ziggy Palffy - Lubomir Visnovsky
Bryan Smolinski - Adam Deadmarsh - Mattias Norstrom
Ian Lapperriere - Glen Murray - Mathieu Schneider
The highlight of a difficult decade was undoubtedly the Frenzy on Figueroa. Along with the Miracle on Manchester, it remains one of the great playoff comebacks of all time and that is clearly reflected in the makeup of this team.
2007 - 2017
Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown - Drew Doughty
Jeff Carter - Justin Williams - Alec Martinez
Jarett Stoll - Trevor Lewis - Matt Greene
Honorable mention of course to Hall-of-Famer Bob Miller.