|1967–68 Los Angeles Kings · NHL|
|General Manager||Larry Regan|
|Alternate captains||Eddie Joyal|
|Arena||Long Beach Arena|
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Los Angeles Forum
|Goals||Bill Flett (26)|
|Assists||Eddie Joyal (34)|
|Points||Eddie Joyal (57)|
|Penalties in minutes||Dave Amadio (101)|
|Wins||Wayne Rutledge (20)|
|Goals against average||Wayne Rutledge (2.87)|
|← Seasons →|
The 1967–68 Los Angeles Kings season was the franchise's 1st season in the National Hockey League. The Kings finished 2nd in the West Division and lost in the Division Semi-finals to the St. Louis Blues 4 games to 3.
- 1 Off-season
- 2 Pre-season
- 3 Regular Season
- 4 Playoffs
- 5 Player Stats
- 6 Awards and Records
- 7 Milestones
- 8 Transactions
- 9 Draft Picks
- 10 Farm Teams
- 11 Trivia
- 12 Gallery
- 13 References
The Kings were one of six expansion teams, which doubled the size of the league from six to twelve. The Kings were placed in the newly established West Division, along with the other expansion teams: the California Seals, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues.
The Kings picked goaltenders Terry Sawchuk and Wayne Rutledge with their first picks of the Expansion Draft, but the Kings did not rely on the draft. Owner Jack Kent Cooke purchased the American Hockey League's Springfield Indians for $1 million to bolster the Kings roster. Long-time Indians player Brian Kilrea would score the Kings' first goal.
The Kings inaugural jersey colours were purple and gold with a primarily purple home jersey and a primarily gold away jersey. The jerseys had one stripe on the arms and body (on the purple jersey the body stripe was at the bottom while on the gold jersey it was near the bottom), no names on the back and the jersey numbers were not outlined. The logo was a white, purple and gold crown. These jerseys would remain in use with very minor modifications for the next decade.
September 18, 1967: Minnesota North Stars 7, Los Angeles Kings 3 @ Hamilton, Ontario
September 19, 1967: Los Angeles 6, Minnesota 2 @ Guelph, Ontario
September 24, 1967: Minnesota 3, Los Angeles 0 @ Oshawa, Ontario
The Kings played their home games in three locations during that inaugural campaign. They alternated between both the Long Beach Arena and the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena before the brand new arena built by Cooke and known as The Forum would become their permanent home. In the first game ever at The Forum, they lost 2-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers. This loss came back to haunt them as they finished in 2nd place, one point behind the Flyers.
The Los Angeles Kings were a team that writers predicted to finish last in the new West Division. Surprisingly, the Kings finished second, just one point out of first. Bill Flett scored 26 goals, while Eddie Joyal scored 23 goals, adding 34 assists for 57 points and was the second leading scorer in the West Division.
On December 13, 1967, the Minnesota North Stars and Cesare Maniago achieved the first shutout in team history, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 4-0. Maniago and the North Stars went on a shutout streak, beating the Kings 3-0 on December 15 and the Oakland Seals 1-0 on December 16. Maniago had his 4th shutout on January 3, 1968 as the Stars blanked the Kings for the third time, by 6-0. Maniago finished the season with 6 shutouts, tied for second best in the league and the most in a season in his career.
Goalie Jacques Caron played his first NHL game on December 27, 1967 in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Mike Corrigan and Larry Johnston played their first NHL game on December 30, 1967 as the Kings lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0. Corrigan would play over 400 games for Los Angeles.
The Kings were the only team the Seals had some success against. In January 1968, Oakland won all three games versus Los Angeles, including shutting them out twice. Gerry Ehman had the Seals only Hat trick of the season in one of these games, on January 7, 1968 in a 6-0 win. The season series ended 4-4-2 between the teams.
The Kings combined to go 20-13-4 in their 37 home games spread over 3 arenas that first season. On the road, Los Angeles posted a record of just 11-20-6. The Kings finished a surprising second place in the Western Conference behind the coaching of Red Kelly, who as a player holds the distinction of playing on the most Stanley Cup championship teams without any of them including time in Montreal. The goaltending tandem of future hall of famer Terry Sawchuk and Wayne Rutledge allowed the team to stay in most games. The Kings had the best record of any of the expansion teams against the "Original Six", going a respectable 10-12-2, including winning their first two games ever against the storied Montreal Canadiens.
|Los Angeles Kings||74||31||33||10||200||224||72|
|St. Louis Blues||74||27||31||16||177||191||70|
|Minnesota North Stars||74||27||32||15||191||226||69|
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
Minnesota North Stars 4, Los Angeles Kings 3
|April 4||Minnesota||1||Los Angeles||2|
|April 6||Minnesota||0||Los Angeles||2|
|April 9||Los Angeles||5||Minnesota||7|
|April 11||Los Angeles||2||Minnesota||3|
|April 13||Minnesota||2||Los Angeles||3|
|April 16||Los Angeles||3||Minnesota||4||(OT)|
|April 18||Minnesota||9||Los Angeles||4|
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
|19, 23||Howie Menard||35||9||15||24||32|
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
|4, 5||Brent Hughes||44||4||10||14||36|
|3, 5||Dave Amadio||58||4||6||10||101|
Note: GP = Games played; MIN = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average
Awards and Records
- Team Records:
Player is still active or individual record
|Brian Kilrea||First Kings goal||October 14, 1967|
- June 8, 1967 – Acquired the rights to Red Kelly from Toronto for Ken Block.
- June 16, 1967 – Acquired Trevor Fahey, Jim Murray and Ken Turlik from the New York for Barclay Plager.
- See also: 1967 NHL Entry Draft
- Los Angeles Kings selections
|1.||Terry Sawchuk (G)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|2.||Wayne Rutledge (G)||New York Rangers|
|3.||Gord Labossiere (C)||Montreal Canadiens|
|4.||Bob Wall (D)||Detroit Red Wings|
|5.||Eddie Joyal (C)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|6.||Réal Lemieux (W)||Detroit Red Wings|
|7.||Poul Popiel (D)||Boston Bruins|
|8.||Terry Gray (RW)||Detroit Red Wings|
|9.||Bryan Campbell (C)||New York Rangers|
|10.||Ted Irvine (LW)||Boston Bruins|
|11.||Howie Hughes (RW)||Montreal Canadiens|
|12.||Bill Inglis (C)||Montreal Canadiens|
|13.||Doug Robinson (LW)||New York Rangers|
|14.||Mike Corrigan (LW)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|15.||Jacques Lemieux (LW)||Montreal Canadiens|
|16.||Lowell MacDonald (LW)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|17.||Ken Block (D)||New York Rangers|
|18.||Bill Flett (RW)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|19.||Brent Hughes (D)||Detroit Red Wings|
|20.||Marc Dufour (RW)||New York Rangers|
- Kings who recorded a hat trick this season include:
|1967–68 Los Angeles Kings Roster|
7 Gray • 8 Smith • 9 R. Lemieux • 10 H. Hughes • 11 MacDonald • 11 Corrigan • 12 Campbell • 15 Irvine • 16 Joyal • 17 Flett • 18 Anderson • 19 Kilrea • 19 Menard • 20 Labossiere • 22 Inglis • 23 Robinson • 25 Corbett
- Brian McFarlane, 50 Years of Hockey, pp. 140–143, Greywood Publishing Ltd, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
|Los Angeles Kings|
|Franchise||Team • 1967 Expansion • Expansion Draft|
|History||Players • Coaches • Draft Picks|
|Personnel||General Manager: Rob Blake • Head Coach: Todd McLellan • Team Captain: Anže Kopitar • Current Roster|
|Arenas||Long Beach Arena • Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena • Great Western Forum • Staples Center|
|Retired Numbers||4 • 16 • 18 • 20 • 30 • 99|
|Stanley Cup Finals (3)||Wins: 2012, 2014 • Losses: 1993|
|Seasons||1967–68 • 1968–69 • 1969–70 • 1970–71 • 1971–72 • 1972–73 • 1973–74 • 1974–75 • 1975–76 • 1976–77 • 1977–78 • 1978–79 • 1979–80 • 1980–81 • 1981–82 • 1982–83 • 1983–84 • 1984–85 • 1985–86 • 1986–87 • 1987–88 • 1988–89 • 1989–90 • 1990–91 • 1991–92 • 1992–93 • 1993–94 • 1994–95 • 1995–96 • 1996–97 • 1997–98 • 1998–99 • 1999–00 • 2000–01 • 2001–02 • 2002–03 • 2003–04 • 2004–05 • 2005–06 • 2006–07 • 2007–08 • 2008–09 • 2009–10 • 2010–11 • 2011–12 • 2012–13 • 2013–14 • 2014–15 • 2015–16 • 2016–17 • 2017–18 • 2018–19|
|Affiliates||AHL: Ontario Reign|
|1967–68 NHL season by team|
|East||Boston • Chicago • Detroit • Montreal • New York • Toronto|
|West||Los Angeles • Minnesota • Oakland • Philadelphia • Pittsburgh • St. Louis|
|See also||1967 NHL Amateur Draft • 1967 NHL Expansion Draft • All-Star Game • 1968 Stanley Cup Finals|
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