BEHOLD! Kings are back in Purple and Gold!!!
O.K., now that's something to get excited about.
Ever since I heard the Kings were going to wear vintage jerseys this season, I was not expecting much. Ever since the Kings announced their new third jerseys back in 2008, I have been underwhelmed.
I have long been a proponent of the team embracing its' past by bringing back some of the old school looks to the new school. What we got was a throwback-inspired jers... er, Reebok EDGE hockey uniform system that I'm still not a fan of.
Purple and Gold was originally how this team was introduced back in 1968, when they skated at the L.B. Arena. The team, owned by Jack Kent Cooke, wanted his new franchise to look like his basketball franchise, the Lakers. So, the royal colors of purple and gold became the Kings' look, and stayed that way until 1988, when some kid from Edmonton came.
(Little known fact: didju know there were only a handful of people who designed the Chevy logo? And one of them was Kings' announcer David Courtney? It's true, listen here to our exclusive interview on the Hockeywood Insider from last season.)
After the Gretzky Era, the team combined both black and purple colors with silver, which coinicided with the opening of the Kings' new home at Staples Center. Purple was finally back in the scheme, and those jerseys were extremely popular. And when they unveiled their all-purple third jerseys, die-hards gobbled them up.
But then, the team all but abandoned the purple all together. It became more of an accent color, and the team started back toward what I like to call The Dark Ages. Two of their three current jerseys are black, which seems a little... much. Fans just scratched their heads. "We already have a black jersey? Now I have two?"
Earlier this week, there was rumblings on the Interwebz that the Kings were supposedly considering white versions of the Kings third jers... er, Reebok EDGE hockey uniform system. That rumor wound up to be Rampant Baseless Speculation.
LATE EDIT: One thing that is NOT a rumor is that Jonny Quick will sport a Rogie Vachon-inspired goalie mask and "vintage" pads. The goalie mask is pretty much the single best thing I have ever seen, as it's painted to look like the old Vachon mask with two crowns on the top, then painted hair and ears to look authentic!
By the team agreeing to unveil these true throwbacks this season in their 44th season (an odd anniversary to honor, even though it's the 40th anniversary of the first game between the L.A. Kings and Vancouver Canucks.). Does anyone else think it's weird to honor a "rivalry" with Vancouver, and not other Western Conference teams?
The only time I have been able to wear these old school uniforms are on EA Sports NHL 06, where you could select many of the franchise jerseys. The all purple ones looked the best, so that was my go-to jersey in the game. (Never mind that the players still have the black-and-white themed gloves and helmets.) Now, my dream of owning an actual purple jersey may finally come to fruition.
According to LAKings.com , they will be announcing dates for a Legends Series, which will be honoring former Kings, much like they did in 2007 with the Return of the Legends. (Matty Norstrom, Rob Blake, Charlie Simmer and Mario Lessard anyone?) The team will also release details of "a vintage merchandise line," which better include these jers...Reebok EDGE hockey uniform systems.
I can only hope that this greases the wheels for the inclusion of the team wearing the Burger King jerseys to honor the rivalry between the Kings and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the near future. It'll be 18 years next season, which makes as much sense as a 44-year anniversary.