LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings embark on their 44th regular season beginning this Saturday, and as part of the club’s 2010-11 opener at Vancouver, the Kings and the Vancouver Canucks will celebrate 40 years of shared history when they meet at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena beginning at 7 p.m.
As part of the special evening – which will mark to the day the 40th anniversary of the first meeting between the two clubs -- both the Kings and the Canucks, a club that entered the NHL in 1970, will wear special vintage jerseys on Saturday.
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Saturday’s game at Vancouver will also help kick-off off a special “Kings Legends Series” planned for later this season at STAPLES Center. As part of this series, the Kings will again wear their special vintage jerseys on three future home dates while honoring three distinguished former players. Legends Series dates and honorees will be announced at a later time, as will details of a vintage merchandise line and special game ticket packages including group packages. Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase game-used vintage equipment.
“Our vintage jerseys are very popular with our long-time fans and, on a personal note, they take me back to my first few seasons with the Kings when we skated in our purple and gold sweaters at the Forum,” said Luc Robitaille, Kings President, Business Operations. “As an organization, we feel that it’s very important to continue to recognize the accomplishments of our former players and to celebrate our 40-plus years of hockey here in Southern California, and as for this Saturday – the beginning to our regular season – we are excited to celebrate our shared history with the Canucks.”
Led by former Kings left wing Bob Berry and his two goals, the Kings beat the Canucks 3-1 on October 9, 1970, at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum. Ross Lonsberry also scored for the Kings and goaltender Denis Dejordy backstopped the win with 24 saves as the Kings spoiled Vancouver’s NHL debut.
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