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LA's History of Swedish Kings

As Adrian Kempe is poised to make his debut, we take a look back at three Swedish players who left their mark in LA

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast / LAKings.com

When Adrian Kempe plays his first game in an LA Kings uniform, the 20-year-old will be the 15th player from Sweden to do so.

Tweet from @lakingsinsider: Missed the fluorescent embrace of Gundo on an early weekday morning. (Kempe is color coded with Kopitar, Toffoli.) pic.twitter.com/yPC7SjCG9E

(And what a debut it could be as he's projected to play on a line with Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli.)

Recently, Jhonas Enroth spent the 2015-16 season backing up Jonathan Quick in net as did Erik Ersberg from 2007-10.

While other Lombardi era Kings like Oscar Moller (2008-2011) and Freddy Modin (2010) may be fresh in the minds of Kings fans, there are three Swedish Kings who distinguished themselves during their time in LA.

Juha Widing

Technically, Widing was born in Finland. However, he was raised in Sweden, and both his parents were Swedish. Widing played in LA from 1969 to 1977 and remains the highest scoring player of Swedish descent to appear in a Kings uniform. His 342 points ranks 16th all time amongst Kings players and his 131 goals ranks 18th.

Plus, he had an amazing moustache.

That Moustache

  

Tomas Sandstrom

Tomas Sandstrom played 235 games for the Kings from 1990-1994. His 1.08 points per game in LA ranks 8th in franchise history. His performance during the 1993 Stanley Cup run (25 points in 24 games) is tied for third all time in franchise history.

 Though hampered by injuries during his career, he still managed to score 45 goals in 68 games during the 1990-91 season. Examples:

All The Goals

Even More Goals

 

Mattias Norstrom

For 11 seasons, the 6'2 Swede patrolled the blue line in LA, shutting down opponents and leading the way for the Kings. His 780 games played is second overall by defensemen in a Kings uniform. For 374 of those games, Norstrom wore the Captain's C.

Norstrom In Action

Norstrom's place in Kings history is so significant that when Rob Blake's number was retired by the Kings in 2015, he insisted his former defensive partner stand with him as the banner was lifted to the rafters.

All The Feels

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