The Kings will also on Saturday wear their Vintage Jerseys – the same jerseys the club wore during their season opener at Vancouver on October 9 – as part of these special evenings at STAPLES Center, which will take place on January 15 when the Kings honor Vachon; on February 24 when the Kings honor Bob Berry; and on March 19 when the Kings honor Bob Pulford.View a special Kings Vision video
featuring a sit-down interview with Vachon, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick
and Kings Vision host Heidi Androl.Read a feature story on Vachon
written by LAKings.com beat writer Rich Hammond, click here.Hear a special podcast
conducted by Nick Nickson featuring Vachon.
One of hockey’s great goaltenders during his illustrious 16-year NHL career, Vachon was the first player to have his number retired by the Kings. He spent seven seasons (1971-78) with the Kings as a player, putting an indelible mark on the club’s record book as he is the Kings’ all-time leader in games played as a goalie (389), wins (171) and shutouts (32).
Vachon’s greatest season wearing the Forum purple and gold was 1974-75, the year he posted a 27-14-13 record (including six shutouts) and a 2.24 goals-against-average. The Hockey News rewarded Vachon by naming him the NHL Player of the Year at the conclusion of the season. He later would go on to hold numerous off-ice positions with the Kings, including General Manager, a post he held for eight-plus seasons.
Also, the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive Rally Towels, courtesy of McDonald’s.