In tyring to select three worthy candidates to honor during next season’s LA Kings Legends Nights, you have to look back over their entire 45-year history. In doing so, it’s almost impossible to compare players from the ’70s with current stars. So, we’ve tried to make things easier by grouping players into three eras – (A) 1967-1987, the Early Years; (B) 1988-1999 the Gretzky Years and (C) 2000-2012 the Staples Center years.
A poll will be conducted for each group and the three players receiving the most votes in each one will advance. After the polls are completed for the three eras, we’ll run a final ‘super poll’ that will pit the nine winners (three from each era) against each other. The top three from that final poll will be declared the overall ‘winners.’
Group A winners were – Dave Taylor (69% of the votes), Jim Fox (25%) and Butch Goring (18%). People always like to ask who I would have voted for, so I’ll share this – I was a little surprised Jimmy Carson didn’t pull in more votes. That’s not meant as a slight to Butch Goring at all, he’s excellent choice as well. I just figured Taylor and Fox were practically shoe-ins from their era, which left one spot open. Carson was an extremely popular player in his day – and very productive too. So, I assumed Carson and Goring would be close in votes. But they weren’t. Carson – who once scored 55 goals in a season for the Kings – only ended up with 3% of the total votes.
Now, on to the next round.
The 1988-99 period will forever be known as the Gretzky Years. And more specifically, it will be remembered for the team’s 1993 run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Hence, that’s where the names on this list mainly come from. You’ll notice there are only 10 players, so names like Alexei Zhitnik, Larry Robinson, Steve Duchesne and Sean O’Donnell just barely missed the cut. Feel free to submit them as a write-in vote though if you feel strongly about it. Also of note, Glen Murray and Ian Laperriere were saved for the next round, when early next week we’ll take a look at the Staples Center Years.
Please select the three players on this list you feel are most worthy of being recognized by the Kings.
Poll closes Monday, March 26th at 10am PST.
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