As first announced on MayorsManor a few weeks ago, the LA Kings will be bringing back their vintage purple (or Forum Blue) and gold jerseys next season for three games in conjunction with pre-game celebrations dubbed ‘Legends Nights.’ To properly select the three candidates worthy of being honored we’ve recently run a few polls, breaking down the team’s 45 year history into three eras.
First, we looked at the Early Years 1967-1987. Readers selected Dave Taylor (69% of the votes), Jim Fox (25%) and Butch Goring (18%) as top choices. Next, we looked at the Gretzky Years 1988-1999 – and the winners there were Luc Robitaille (23%), Wayne Gretzky (22%) and Kelly Hrudey (14%).
Now, it’s time to get your input on the Staples Center era, which essentially runs from October 1999 to current. However, we’ll just look at the first 10 seasons. As a reminder, about a week after the poll below has concluded, we’ll have one 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.’
Just like with the past polls, we’ve pulled together a list of 10 candidates to get you started. Thus, a few names didn’t make the final cut (i.e. Jason Allison, Kelly Buchberger, Mathieu Schneider, Bryan Smolinski, etc.). Feel free to submit any name you feel strongly about though using the ‘other’ option. Also, please note that Mattias Norstrom is not included because the Kings already had a special night to honor him recently and Lubomir Visnovsky was excluded because he’s still an active player in the NHL. Conversly, Laperriere and O’Donnell are expected to retire this summer.
So, with all of that…
Please select the three players on this list you feel are most worthy of being recognized by the Kings:
Poll closes Sunday, April 8th at 8pm PST. After voting, leave a comment below and state your reasons too. Other readers may like to hear what you have to say.
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