The Los Angeles Kings became in existence when the NHL expanded the league by six teams in 1967. The Kings have been a consistent playoff performer, earning a postseason trip 27 times over the years. The highlight of the organization came during the 2011-2012 season when the Kings won the conference championship and a Stanley Cup championship. Los Angeles returned to the Western Conference Championship the following year, but they were unsuccessful in repeating. The Kings did win a conference championship during the 1992-1993 season and added a division title to their resume during the 1990-1991 season. The Kings have had legendary players like hockey icon Wayne Gretzky skate for the organization. Also wearing a Kings sweater over the years are organizational greats like center Marcel Dionne and right wing Dave Taylor. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Los Angeles Kings hockey tickets.
2015 Kings Season Preview
2013 saw the Los Angeles Kings return to Hockey’s highest step. The Kings seem to find a way to win in any situation they are put it. Whether it is coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to the San Jose Sharks, or beating the defending Stanly Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in 7 games in the Western Conference finals, the Kings simply have the will to win. Few teams have seen the success that the Kings have had over the last 3 years, with 2 Stanley Cup titles and 3 trips to the Western Conference finals, the Kings just continue to win.
TThe talk throughout the 2014 season will be about if the Kings can repeat as champions. No team has won back to back Stanley Cups since the Detroit Red Wings pulled it off in 1998. The LA Kings certainly have the pieces in place to be able to do so. Lost in the offseason was the charismatic Willie Mitchell but the core of the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship team is back for 2014. Marian Gaborik signed a long term deal in the offseason to stay in Los Angeles, and Drew Doughty, Justin Williams, and Anze Kopitar are all back. The Los Angeles Kings look to ride this talent and the goaltending greatness of Phenom Jonathan Quick to be the first repeat Stanley Cup champions of the salary cap era.
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Los Angeles Kings Hockey at Staples Center Address: 1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, California, 90015
The Los Angeles Kings play all their home games at the Staples Center, located in Los Angeles, California. When filled to capacity, the legendary facility holds over 18,000 screaming fans. The Staples Center hosts over 250 events a year and it is the home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers of the NBA and Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. The Los Angeles Kings home bench is on the Staples Center rink side in front of sections 101-102. Staples Center parking information is covered in our Kings event guide.
Kings vs. Oilers
The first year these two clubs met in the playoffs was 1982, where the Oilers were heavily favored behind the NHL points champion Wayne Gretzky. The Kings went on to win Game 5 and the series in front of Edmonton’s home crowd, and then breaking Oiler fans hearts even more, Gretzky was traded to the Kings six years later. The rivalry becomes an intradivisional on in 2013 when the Oilers make the move over to the same division as the Kings.
Kings vs. Sharks
It’s SoCal vs. NorCal when these two 60s expansion clubs meet, bringing along the tenacity you’d expect in teams from the same state. At the time of expansion, they were the only two teams west of the Mississippi River and were basically created to play each other to reduce travel time and costs. Most recently, the Kings beat the Sharks in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs in seven games.
Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup, Western Conference Championship, and NHL Playoffs
The Kings, winners of the 2012 Stanley Cup, have had an impressive history of successful. In their long NHL history dating back to 1967 the LA Kings have managed to go 2-2 in their Western Conference Final appearances as well as reach the playoffs 27 times.
Los Angeles Kings Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to a Kings game?
Gates open at Staples Center 90 minutes before the puck drops.
Where are good places to eat before a Kings game?
Just to the north of Staples Center is LA live which houses many good restaurants. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is a great upscale dining option inside of LA Live. The Yard and Rock’N Fish are two more casual options in LA live that are always fun before games. If LA live is not your thing, try a hot dog from Tijuana Dogs street vendor located near Staples Center. Tijuana Dogs are some of the best hot dogs you will ever have and they are easy to take with you as you walk to the game. For Mexican food lover try Chichen Itza Restaurant. It is only a short distance to Staples Center and has some of the best Mexican food anywhere. Langer’s is close by and has great sandwiches and deli style foods that are quick and easy. Other good places in the area are, Arashi Sushi, Buil Samgye Tang, Rivera, and Papa Cristo’s.
Where is the best place to park at Staples Center?
Staples Center is surrounded on all sides with parking options. Usually the easiest place to find a spot is on the west side of the arena at lot 1, or lot C. Another good option is immediately to the south of Staples Center at the Convention Center West Hall Parking. The West Hall Parking garage is the largest in the area. Lots 7 & 8 are on the east side of the arena and have the most handicapped accessible parking options. Often, arriving early and parking at LA live to the north of Staples Center, eating, then walking to the game is a great way to beat traffic and find a good spot.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Kings game?
Children 3 years old and older are required to have a ticket to enter Staples Center. If your child is under 3 they are allowed to sit in a guardians lap for the duration of the game. We highly recommend bringing proof of your child’s age with you to the gate to avoid any last minute issues.