It's been two decades since hockey was first played at STAPLES Center, but those who were in attendance that evening still have vivid memories of the monumental game.
When Garry Galley thinks back to the Kings' first game in the building, on October 20, 1999, he can't believe it's already been 20 years. "Time is just racing by," he reflected.
For the franchise's first 32 years, the club had called the Great Western Forum home. Despite all of the charm and history on Manchester Boulevard in Inglewood, the Kings and its players were ready for a change.
"I played in the Forum and it was exciting place to be. It just seemed that as time moved on, the organization needed a new building," Galley stated. "It was just exciting to be a player who was part of the old Forum and play quite a few games there and see the future that was coming with the Kings."