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Timeline:'s Best of the 2000s

by Thomas LaRocca / Los Angeles Kings
With the decade coming to a close, takes a look back at all of the big moments of the 2000s, from amazing games, to free agent pick ups, to draft picks. So sit back and take a look back at the decade that was the 2000s, an interesting time for the Kings organization.

A LUCKY 1,000
Jan. 4, 2000 - Luc Robitaille played in this 1,000th NHL game and scores a goal in a 2-2 tie in St. Louis. Robitaille ranks first all-time in franchise history with 557 goals scored.

June 24-25 2000 - The Los Angeles Kings selected right wing Alexander Frolov with the 20th overall selection in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. On day two, the Kings selected Lubomir Visnovsky in the fourth round with the 118th overall pick.

Aug. 14, 2000 - The Kings signed free-agent defenseman Mathieu Schneider (Kings all-time scoring). Schneider spent three seasons in Los Angeles (2000-03), scoring 37-87=124 in 193 games. The Kings made the playoffs in two of the three seasons that Schneider was on the team (2000-01 and 2001-02).

Dec. 16, 2000 - Luc Robitaille became just the second player in team history to score 500 goals with the Kings. The milestone goal came at STAPLES Center against Tampa Bay. Robitaille scored twice in the game in a 4-3 loss to the Lightning. Robitaille would end his career as the franchise’s all-time leading goal scorer with 557. The first player to score 500 goals as a Kings was Marcel Dionne, who tallied 550 goals as a King.

Feb. 15, 2001 - The Kings obtained goaltender Felix “The Cat” Potvin from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for future considerations. From 2000-03, Potvin went 61-52-16 with a .905 SV% and a 2.35 GAA, along with a 10-10 mark, a 2.34 GAA and a .915 SV% in 20 post season appearances in the post season. He is one of four goaltenders in Kings history to record 30 or more wins in a single season (Rogie Vachon, Mario Lessard and Mathieu Garon), winning 31 games in 2001-02.

Feb. 21, 2001 – The Kings parted with long-time defenseman Rob Blake, trading he and Steve Reinprecht to Colorado for Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, two first round draft choices and prospect Jared Aulin. Blake was drafted in the fourth round (70th overall) by the Kings in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Deadmarsh scored 46-39=85 in 114 games with the Kings before a concussion prematurely ended his career, while Miller saw action in 309 games, scoring 7-40=47.

April 18, 2001 - The Kings capped a comeback from a three-goal deficit with three goals in the final 6:02 of the game and rookie Eric Belanger's OT goal at 2:36 to beat the visiting Detroit Red Wings 4-3, in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. "I don't know why, but I believed we had a chance to come back all the time,'' Luc Robitaille said. "I knew if we kept working, we'd get our breaks." The Kings scored three unanswered goals (John Thomas, Jozef Stumpel and Bryan Smolinski ) in 5:14 to tie the game in what has been remembered in Kings lore as the "Frenzy on Figueroa."

April 23, 2001 - Adam Deadmarsh scored two goals against the Detroit Red Wings, including the game-winner in overtime, to clinch the First Round series against the Red Wings. The Kings trailed in the series 2-0 to the heavily favored Red Wings - being outscored 9-3 in the first two games - before rallying to win four straight.

April 26, 2001 - Jaroslav Modry became the first defenseman in Kings history to get a playoff overtime goal when he scored on a power play at 14:23 of overtime for a 4-3 win against the Avalanche, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Colorado. Felix Potvin made 34 saves and Glen Murray tallied two goals to lead the Kings.

June 12 2001 - Kings G.M. Dave Taylor was named the NHL Executive of the Year by the Hockey News for the 2000-01 NHL season. That season, the Kings overcame an early 2-0 deficit in the 2001 playoffs and ousted the favored Detroit Red Wings in six games before falling to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche in seven games.

Sept. 11 2001 - The Kings lose scouts Garnet "Ace" Bailey and Mark Bavis, who were aboard United Airlines Flight 175 en route to Los Angeles. Garnet "Ace" Bailey, who was 53, was set to begin his 33rd season in the NHL as a player or scout. Bailey had enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in both capacities, with seven Stanley Cup rings as proof. Having spent seven years as the Kings' director of pro scouting, Bailey spent the previous 13 years as a scout with Edmonton Oilers, helping the team to five Stanley Cups in the 1980s. During Edmonton's many great playoff runs, Bailey played the key role of advance scout, supplying detailed information on upcoming opponents. A veteran of 11 NHL seasons as a player, Bailey broke in with the Boston Bruins during the 1968-69 season and spent five years with the club. While with the Bruins, he was a member of Stanley Cup championship teams in 1969-70 and 1971-72. Bailey also spent parts of two seasons each with the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues, and three-plus years with the Washington Capitals.

Mark Bavis, who was 31, was entering his second season as an amateur scout for the Kings. Bavis, a native of the Boston-area, played his collegiate hockey at Boston University, where his brother, Michael, is currently an assistant coach. Prior to joining the Kings he worked as a coach with Chicago of the North American League and as an assistant coach with Harvard of the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Most recently, Bavis, who was drafted by the New York Rangers in the ninth round (181st overall) of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, made his home in West Newton, Massachusetts. He was survived by his mother, Mary; his twin brother, Mike; two brothers, Pat and Johnny; and three sisters, Kelly, Mary Ellen and Kathy. The Kings have started the Bailey and Bavis Memorial Fund in their honor and named the Kings mascot Bailey in honor of their contributions to the organization.

Oct. 24 2001 - The Kings acquire center Jason Allison and winger Mikko Eloranta from Boston for Jozef Stumpel and Glen Murray (Kings all-time trades). Allison, along with Ziggy Palffy and Adam Deadmarsh, would form what fans referred to as the LAPD line. "I think I landed in a great spot," said Allison. "I'm pumped up, and happy to be part of this team." Allison appeared in 99 games with the Kings from 2001-2003, scoring 25-77=102 and added 3-3=6 in seven playoff games. Eloranta played two seasons with Los Angeles, scoring 14-21=35 in 146 games with the team.

Feb. 2 2002 - The Kings and STAPLES Center hosted the 52nd NHL All-Star Game in which the World Stars rallied to beat the North Americans, 8-5. Kings forward Ziggy Palffy and defenseman Jaroslav Modry represented the Kings in the annual classic. The Kings also hosted the 2002 All-Star Celebrity Challenge (Photos) during that weekend, with stars such as Tim Robbins, Cuba Gooding Jr., wrestler Chris Jericho and many more, which raised funds to benefit the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

July 16 2002 - The Kings acquired center Derek Armstrong from the New York Rangers for a conditional 2003 draft pick. Armstrong would appear in 385 games for the Kings until the 2008-09 season, scoring 63-139=202 in a variety of roles with the club.

Oct. 9, 2002 - The Kings retired "The Great One" Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 to the rafters (Kings all-time retired numbers) before the Kings season opener when they beat the Coyotes, 4-1. “There will never be another Wayne Gretzky,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said after the game. “You can't say enough about his impact.” Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer and the Kings' fourth all-time leading scorer served as the head coach of the Coyotes from 2005-09.

June 21 2003 - Kings selected Dustin Brown, Brian Boyle and Jeff Tambellini with their three first round picks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Brown, selected in the first round (13th overall), would lead the Kings in goals with 33 during the 2007-08 season while ranking amongst the league leaders in hits each year. For the past two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10), Brown has been Team Captain.

July 24 2003 - The Kings signed free agent Luc Robitaille for his third tour of duty with the team. Robitaille, a former ninth-round selection by the Kings and member of the Kings Hall of Fame, went on to become the highest scoring left wing in NHL history and the fifth King to have his sweater retired. Robitaille holds numerous club records, including the mark for most goals scored, as he tallied 557 goals in his 1,077 regular season games with the club and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.

March 10, 2004 - Andy Murray set a team coaching record (Kings all-time coaching records) with his 397th game, passing Bob Pulford who coached the Kings from1972-1977. “When we started, I just wanted to stay long enough to see the STAPLES Center,” Murray said. “(The record) means I've been able to work with some quality players for five years.” Murray would coach 83 more Kings games, to finish his time as a coach in Los Angeles with 480 games coached.

July 13, 2005 - The 2004–05 NHL lockout resulted in the cancellation of what would have been the 88th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was the first time the Stanley Cup was not awarded since 1919, and the first time a major professional sports league in North America canceled a complete season because of a labor dispute. The lockout lasted 310 days starting Sept. 16, 2004, the day after the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the NHL and the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) that resolved the 1994–95 lockout expired. The negotiating teams reached an agreement on July 13, 2005, and the lockout officially ended nine days later on July 22, after both the NHL owners and players ratified the CBA.

July 30 2005 - The Los Angeles Kings selected center Anze Kopitar with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. In 2006-07, Kopitar became the first-ever native of Slovenia to skate in the NHL, after finishing third amongst rookies in assists (41) and points (61). His 61 points were the fifth-most by a Kings rookie and the first since Luc Robitaille (84 points in 1986-87) to reach the 60-point mark during their inaugural season. Before the 2008-09 season Kopitar was named as a Kings alternate captain, with Dustin Brown as captain and defenseman Matt Greene as the other alternate.

Aug. 4 2005 - The Kings acquired Jeremy Roenick. Roenick, one of three American-born players to score 500 goals in the NHL, played one season in Los Angeles, scoring 9-13=22 in 58 games in 2005-06 before signing with Phoenix on July 4, 2006.

Oct. 6, 2005 - The Kings won their home opener, 3-2 over Phoenix, giving Coach Andy Murray his 179th Kings coaching win to pass Bob Pulford's long-standing team record of 178. Murray would finish his Kings coaching career with 215 wins.

Nov. 5, 2005 - The Kings won their first ever shootout game, 3-2, over Nashville at STAPLES CENTER. Pavol Demitra and Jeremy Roenick each scored in the shootout and goalie Jason LaBarbera stopped both Predator chances to record the win. “Everybody that was in this building got treated to an unbelievable hockey game and had an unbelievable afternoon, with a shootout to boot,'” Roenick said. “That's what hockey's all about. Whoever saw their first game today is going to be addicted.” Check out the Kings OT/Shootout History.

March 22, 2006 - Coach Andy Murray was fired 70 games into the season with the club nine games over .500 at 37-28-5. John Torchetti took over on an interim basis to become the 20th coach in Kings' history. Murray is the Kings' leader in wins with a 215-176-89 mark in 480 games as head coach of the Kings from June 14, 1999 - March 22, 2006.

Jan. 19, 2006 - Luc Robitaille recorded a historic hat trick, scoring the game winner and becoming the Kings’ all-time leading goal scorer in a wild 8-6 win over the Atlanta Thrashers. Robitaille passed Marcel Dionne's total of 550 in a with a goal in the third period. “It's certainly something I'll cherish forever,” Robitaille said. “It was an amazing night. Nights like this are always fun when you win on top of it. I wanted it to happen earlier, but it was special to do it at home. I have so many great memories here.”

April 17, 2006 - Luc Robitaille played his 1,431st and last NHL game in San Jose as the Kings shutout the Sharks, 4-0. Robitaille spent 14 of his 19 NHL seasons as a King, scoring a club-record 557 goals. “I have had an incredible journey playing the game I love and my decision to retire has been a very difficult one for me, my wife Stacia and my entire family to make,” Robitaille said. “The game of hockey has given me so much and it is very difficult to leave. Los Angeles is where I started my career and it is where I have always wanted to end my career.” Robitaille’s No. 20 jersey is one of five numbers retired by the Kings.

April 21, 2006 - Dean Lombardi was named the eighth General Manager in club history succeeding Dave Taylor, whom held the post from April 22, 1997 to April 18, 2006. Over that time, the Kings posted a 290-261-105 mark and four post season appearances.

May 22, 2006 - The Kings hired Marc Crawford as the 21st head coach in franchise history. Crawford replaced John Torchetti, who served as interim head coach for the last 12 games (5-7-0) of the 2005-06 season. Crawford would post a 59-84-21 record in 164 games. Crawford was fired on June 10, 2008 and replaced by Terry Murray.

July 1 2006 - Kings signed free agent Rob Blake, bringing back the player the team drafted in the fourth round (70th overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. The highest-scoring defenseman in Kings history was traded to Colorado on Feb. 21, 2001. In his first stint with Los Angeles, Blake was a four-time all-star who helped the team to the 1993 Stanley Cup finals and became the only King to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, doing so in 1998. His second time around as a King, Blake played two seasons and scored 23-42=65. On Nov. 4, 2006 became just the 15th player to skate in his 1,000th NHL game while playing for the Kings. On July 3, 2008 Blake signed as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks.

Sept. 29, 2006 - Kings acquired Jack Johnson from the Carolina Hurricanes along with defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky in exchange for center Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason (Kings all-time trades). Johnson played his first five NHL games with the Kings in 2006-07, but was held scoreless. In 2007-08, Johnson scored 3-8=11 in 74 games with Los Angeles, tallying 76 PIMs.

Oct. 6, 2006 - Kings' 19-year-old rookie Anze Kopitar made his NHL debut in Anaheim in the 2006-07 season opener. He scored his first two NHL goals but the Ducks edged the Kings, 4-3. "They're a Stanley Cup contender, and for us to play well like that against them is good for our team," Kings goaltender Dan Cloutier said. "Our goal this year is to throw a lot of pucks at the net every game and shoot from everywhere." The Kings would finish the season with a 27-41-14 mark and a fourth-place finish in the Pacific Division.

Jan. 20, 2007 - Luc Robitaille became the fifth King to have his number retired as his No. 20 was raised to the rafters at STAPLES Center in a pre-game ceremony prior to the Kings losing to Phoenix, 3-2. “I didn’t start for this,” Robitaille said during the ceremony. “It wasn’t about money. I just wanted to play hockey. I wanted to play in the NHL. I wasn’t the fastest player and I had flaws, but I was a student of the game and every day I was grateful to live my dream. I heard your chants. Every time I touched the puck or took a shot I heard you. I will take this to the day I die.”

Feb. 27, 2007- The Kings traded long-time captain Mattias Norstrom along with right wing Konstantin Pushkarev, a third-round and fourth-round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft for Jaroslav Modry, a first-round draft choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, a third-round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and the rights to defenseman Johan Fransson from the Dallas Stars. Norstrom is second on the Kings all-time list in games played amongst defensemen, appearing in 780 games - which held the team record at the time of his trade -, scoring 14 of his 18 career goals, while adding 128 assists and collecting 583 PIMs. Norstrom advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs in four of his 11 seasons with the club, tallying 0-2=2 in 28 postseason games. Norstrom retired on June 10, 2008.

March 12, 2007 - Noah Clarke scored his first NHL goal becoming the first Southern California native (La Verne, Calif.) to score a goal for the Kings in a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

May 25, 2007 - Kings named Luc Robitaille president of business operations. Robitaille, a former ninth-round selection by the Kings and member of the Kings Hall of Fame, went on to become the highest scoring left wing in NHL history and is also the most recent King to have his sweater retired. Robitaille holds numerous club records, including the mark for most goals scored (557), in 1,077 regular season games with the club.

June 22, 2007 - Kings Hall of Famer Peter Demers was inducted into the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society (PHATS) Hall of Fame. Demers was the Kings trainer from 1972 to 2006, during which he never missed working a Kings' game, a streak of 2,632 consecutive regular season Kings and NHL contests. Demers began his career in 1965 with the AHL Rhode Island Reds before spending three years with the Kings AHL-affiliate Springfield Kings.

Sept. 21, 2007 - The Kings unveil new mascot Bailey, a 6-0 lion (6-4 with mane) who wears No. 72 (after all, isn’t it always 72 degrees in Los Angeles?). Bailey was named in honor of the late Garnet “Ace” Bailey -- who served as the Kings’ Director of Pro Scouting for seven years; spent 32 seasons in the NHL as a player (he played left wing for Boston, Detroit, St. Louis and Washington) or scout, and had seven Stanley Cup rings. “As an organization, we feel it is very important to connect with our fans and with the public as a whole and a mascot is a great and fun way to accomplish this, especially as it relates to kids,” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille. “Bailey will be active and visible in our community, especially with our fan development, community relations and game entertainment departments.” Bailey is the second mascot in Kings history. The first was a snow leopard named Kingston, introduced in 1990.

Sept. 29, 2007 - The Kings opened the 2007-08 NHL season in London, England, at the O2 as part of the NHL Premiere, with a two-game series with their Southern California rival Anaheim Ducks. Rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his NHL debut, earning himself the second star of the night. “I don't think you could've expected a better game from a 19-year-old goaltender,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “There was a lot of pressure tonight, and he looked like a really solid, solid goaltender. Not very many pucks bounced off of him, and he made a couple of great saves.” Michael Cammalleri tallied two goals and Rob Blake scored the game winner in the Kings' 4-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Ducks. The following night, the Ducks returned the favor, handing the Kings a 4-1 defeat.

Nov. 10, 2007 - The Kings trailed 4-0 to Dallas in the third period at STAPLES Center and rallied to win, 6-5 in overtime. In the comeback, the Kings set a franchise record for the fastest five goals as Dustin Brown , Scott Thornton , Alexander Frolov, Anze Kopitar and Ladislav Nagy scored in a span of 5:07 to take a 5-4 lead. Mike Modano tied the game at five with 1:05 left to play and then Kopitar won it at 2:34 in overtime. The game has come to be known in Kings lore as the "Royal Rebound."

Jan. 12, 2008 - Rob Blake played in his 781st game with the Kings, passing Mattias Norstrom for the franchise record for games played by a defenseman in a 3-1 win at Edmonton. Blake had two assists in the game as Patrick O'Sullivan, Dustin Brown and Lubomir Visnovsky all scored for the Kings. Blake held the record at the time he was traded to the Avalanche on Feb. 21, 2001.

June 10, 2008 - Marc Crawford was relieved of his head coaching duties after coaching ( Coaches' Photo Gallery) the Kings for two seasons, posting a 59-84-21 mark from 2006-08. Crawford was the 21st head coach in Kings history after being hired on May 22, 2006.

June 20, 2008 - The Kings selected defenseman Drew Doughty with the second overall pick and then took defenseman Colten Teubert with the 13th pick of the draft. As a rookie, Doughty appeared in 81 games for the Kings, tallying 6-21=27.

July 17, 2008- The Kings named Terry Murray as the 22nd head coach in Kings history. “I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Murray, who had a 360-288-89 record over 11 NHL seasons as a head coach Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers prior to joining the Kings. “This will be my biggest challenge as a coach. There is a lot of work ahead and it will take a collective effort to execute the plan we have in place. I am looking forward to training camp and to getting the process under way.”

Sept. 30 2008 - The Los Angeles Kings acquired defenseman Sean O’Donnell from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional draft selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Kings during the 1994-95 season and he played six seasons with the Kings until 1999-2000. O’Donnell would serve as the on-ice coach of Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson and the rest of the Kings young blueliners.

Oct. 8 2008 - Dustin Brown is named Team Captain, becoming the youngest Kings captain in team history and the first American-born King to be so honored. “Dustin has impressed me a great deal with his leadership,” said Kings head coach Terry Murray. “He comes to the rink each day prepared and his on-ice work shows a great deal of focus. He has total commitment to this team." Anze Kopitar, in his third season with the team, and Matt Greene, acquired in June along with Jarret Stoll from Edmonton, are named Alternate Captains.

Oct. 9 2008 - The Kings sign center Anze Kopitar to a seven-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season, the second longest in club history. Wayne Gretzky signed an eight-year contract in 1988 (after the first year the contract was extended from seven years to nine years).( 700k).

Oct. 13 2008 - Kings claim defenseman Kyle Quincey off of waivers from Detroit to fill the roster spot vacated by Jack Johnson, who suffered a shoulder injury vs. the San Jose Sharks the night before. Quincey, who played for the Red Wings during the playoffs in 2007-08, was given a Stanley Cup ring when the Kings visited Detroit during the 2008-09 season. Quincey proved a valuable addition to the Los Angeles blueline, scoring 4-34=38 in 72 games with the Kings his first season. He was later traded with Tom Preissing to the Colorado Avalanche for Ryan Smyth.

April 4 2009 - In a special pre-game ceremony, the five Kings players who have had their numbers retired - Rogie Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille - were together on the ice for the first time ever as the team paid tribute to Lou McClary, the team's director of security in a pregame ceremony. The 82-year-old McClary, a former Los Angeles police detective, retired at the end of the season. He was with the Kings for 42 years, since the team's inception in 1967. As for the game, the Kings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 6-1.

Nov. 9, 2009 – Luc Robitaille is inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame with Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Steve Yzerman, and New Jersey Devils executive Lou Lamoriello. “I want to thank all the fans, especially the fans in Los Angeles,” Robitaille said during his speech. “Throughout all my career, they stuck by me. All my friends, all the words of support and the e-mails I've got in the last four months, it's been amazing and I want to thank you all for being there for me throughout my career.”
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