Kings to honor Jay Wells, Larry Murphy and Jim Fox as part of this year’s
legends night series presented by McDonald’s
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings will honor three former standout players – Jay Wells, Larry Murphy and Jim Fox -- as the organization unveiled this season’s popular Legends Night Series presented by McDonald’s. The announcement was made as part of today’s sold-out LA Kings Hockey Fest presented by Pizza Hut event:
Wells will be honored on October 27 prior to the Kings-Edmonton game at STAPLES Center. Murphy will be honored on December 7 (Kings versus the New York Islanders) and Fox will be honored on March 13 (Kings-Toronto). In addition the Kings will recognize all three men with the following special Bobble Giveaway to fans:
- Wells – Bobble Fist – co-sponsored by FOX Sports West.
- Murphy – Bobble Head – co-sponsored by FOX Sports West.
- Fox – Bobble Head – co-sponsored by FOX Sports West.
The Kings will also wear their Vintage Jerseys as part of these special evenings. It will mark the only time the Kings will wear these sweaters during the 2013-14 season.
“We are excited to continue our Legends Series and we believe that our fans enjoy honoring the individuals who helped establish our franchise,” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille. “Jim, Larry and Jay are each very deserving.”
Wells, a defenseman, played in 604 regular season games for the Kings from 1979-88 after being selected by the Kings in the first round (16th overall) of the 1979 NHL Draft. Currently he is ranked fourth on the team’s all-time list for games played by a defenseman (10th overall). He also ranks third all-time in penalty minutes with 1,446.
In 1,098 NHL games with the Kings, Flyers, Sabres, Rangers, Blues and Lightning, Wells recorded 263 points (47-216=263) and 2,359 penalty minutes. He also played in 114 career playoff games. An honest, hard-nosed player, Wells was an outstanding teammate and a prime example of an athlete who understood that the team always came first.
In 2010, Wells returned to Los Angeles and served as an Honorary Captain during the club’s training camp. He also that year was featured at Hockey Fest.
Murphy began his Hockey Hall of Fame career with the Kings. The defenseman was selected by the Kings in the first-round (fourth overall) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Later that year the native of Ontario made his Kings/NHL debut.
Murphy played 21 seasons in the NHL for six different clubs. He played for the Kings from 1980-83 and as a rookie he set NHL records for most assists (60) and points (76). Overall he played in 1,615 NHL games – then an NHL-record among all blueliners – and he was a member of four Stanley Cup winning teams in the 1990s (with Pittsburgh and Detroit).
Since retiring as a player Murphy has enjoyed a successful broadcasting career.
Fox is eighth on the Kings all-time scoring list, ninth in assists and ninth in goals with 479 points (186-293=479) in 578 games. He spent his entire 10-year career as a member of the Kings after being selected in the first round (10th overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. A three time 30-goal scorer, Fox – a forward -- enjoyed his most productive season in 1984-85 when he recorded 83 points (30-53=83), and in 22 career playoff games with the Kings, Fox had 12 points (4-8=12).
Over his playing career with the Kings, Fox also holds the distinction of playing the third most games -- starting, ending and only with the Kings (Dave Taylor holds the mark followed by Dustin Brown). Upon retirement as a player in 1990, Fox became Director of Community Relations for the Kings, a position he held until 1994. During that time, he was responsible for creating the Kings Care Foundation and annual Foundation events such as Tip-A-King, the team’s charity golf tournament and the Kings Youth Hockey Camp.
Fox is set to begin his 24th season as the Kings’ Television Color Commentator for all club broadcasts on FOX Sports West. He also remains one of the strongest forces in the Kings community development and charitable efforts.
The eight other (former) Kings honored with a Legends Night prior to this season: 2012-13: Ian Laperriere and Kelly Hrudey; 2011-12: Daryl Evans, Bernie Nicholls and Charlie Simmer; and 2010-11: Rogie Vachon, Bob Berry and Bob Pulford.
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