LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings this Sunday night will honor former standout defenseman Jay Wells as the organization kicks off this this season’s popular Legends Night Series presented by McDonald’s.
Wells will be honored on October 27 prior to the Kings-Edmonton game at STAPLES Center and it marks the first of three Legends Nights this year -- Larry Murphy will be honored on December 7 (Kings versus the New York Islanders) and Jim Fox will be honored on March 13 (Kings-Toronto).
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 – and Kings fans in attendance will receive a special Jay Wells “bobble fist” which is co-sponsored by FOX Sports West.
Wells 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.
As part of this series the Kings to date have recognized Rogie Vachon, Bob Berry, Bob Pulford, Bernie Nicholls, Daryl Evans, Charlie Simmer, Kelly Hrudey and Ian Laperriere.
This year, with Fox and Murphy, the Kings will recognize both men with special bobble head giveaways to fans at STAPLES Center.
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