The Los Angeles Kings will honor former left wing and current radio color commentator Daryl Evans on January 2 at STAPLES Center when the Kings host the Colorado Avalanche.
As part of the festivities on this special night, the Kings will recognize Evans by wearing their vintage purple and gold jerseys – the same style of jersey worn by Evans when he skated with the Kings in the 1980s.
Evans is one of three former players scheduled to be honored in such a way this season, joining Bernie Nicholls (honored on Dec. 10) and Charlie Simmer (will be honored on February 18).
Last year the Kings honored Rogie Vachon, Bob Berry and Bob Pulford as part of the series.
A member of the Kings as a player from 1981-85, Evans scored the franchise’s most memorable goal in a game forever remembered as the “Miracle on Manchester.” Facing the heavily-favored Edmonton Oilers in the best-of-five first round of the 1982 playoffs, the Kings pulled off two huge upsets – one, in winning the series; and two, winning Game 3 of the series in dramatic fashion.
Down 5-0 in the third period of that game on April 10, 1982, the Kings steadily chipped away at Edmonton’s lead and tied the game with five seconds left in regulation. At 2:35 of the extra period, Evans, then a rookie, sent a shot over Grant Fuhr’s shoulder to seal an improbable end to an incredible game. Evans went on to lead the Kings in playoff scoring with 13 points (5-8=13) in 1982 and he still holds or shares team playoff records for most points scored by a rookie in a playoff year (5-8=13) and playoff series (5-5=10 vs. EDM in 1982).
Now in his 13th season as the Kings radio commentator, Evans and veteran play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson can be heard on all club radio broadcasts on flagship station KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network. Both also host the very popular “Kings Talk” post-game show on the radio after every Kings home game at The Mixing Room at the JW Marriott LA Live.
Evans regularly donates his time and energy to the King Care Foundation and the Kings Fan Development department, and over the past five seasons, the tireless Evans has spearheaded a charitable giving program in which he donates $100 for every Kings power play goal scored in both the regular season and the playoffs. The proceeds the first three years went to the Ronald McDonald’s House of Southern California while the proceeds from the past two seasons went to the American Heart Association. Additionally, Evans is an active member of the Kings Alumni Association presented by Toyota and he continues to serve as a power skating consultant for the Kings, having started those duties in 2007.
Originally selected by the Kings in the ninth-round (178th overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, the left wing recorded 52 points (22-30=52) in 113 career NHL games with the Kings, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. Also, in 11 career playoff games, Evans, 49 (1/12/61), registered 13 points (all of those 13 points came with the Kings during the 1982 playoffs).