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1969–70 Los Angeles Kings · NHL
Division 6th West
1969–70 record 14-52-10
Home record 12-22-4
Road record 2-30-6
Goals for 168
Goals against 289
General Manager Larry Regan
Coach Hal Laycoe
Johnny Wilson
Captain Bob Wall
Larry Cahan
Team Leaders
Goals Eddie Shack (22)
Assists Butch Goring
Leon Rochefort (23)
Points Ross Lonsberry (42)
Penalties in minutes Ross Lonsberry (118)
Wins Gerry Desjardins (7)
Goals against average Denis DeJordy (3.24)
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1968–69 1970–71

The 1969–70 Los Angeles Kings season was the franchise's 3rd season in the National Hockey League. The Kings finished 6th in the West Division and did not qualify for the playoffs. This was the worst season in franchise history.

Off-season[]

In the Entry Draft, the Kings chose defensemen Dale Hoganson with their first pick, 16th overall in the second round.

The Kings jerseys were the same design as in the 1967-68 season except that a white outline was added to the numbers and logo.

Regular Season[]

Gerry Desjardins makes a save, October 11, 1969.

The Kings endured some long stretches of futility during the 1969-70 season:

  • From January 29 through March 5, they went 17 straight games without a victory (0-13-4)
  • From November 8 through November 29, they went 10 straight games without a victory (0-9-1)
  • From January 11 through January 25, and again from January 29 through February 15, they lost 8 straight games
  • From January 11 through February 15, they suffered 11 consecutive road losses.
  • Their only two victories away from home all season were: December 2 (4-3 at Oakland) and January 10 (6-4 at Minnesota)

Coach Hal Laycoe was fired after just 24 games. His replacement, Johnny Wilson, did not fare much better, winning just nine of the remaining 52 games on the schedule.

Bob Wall scores with a second left, October 25, 1969.

The team suffered from the loss of their best defenseman, Bill White, who missed the start of the season and didn't play until November 22, 1969. Veteran defenseman and co-captain Larry Cahan posted a team worst -43 plus/minus. After his superlative rookie season, goalie Gerry Desjardins played every game in the first two months of the season but couldn't meet the high expectations behind a weakened defense. He was traded on February 20, 1970 in a multi-player deal in which the Kings acquired Denis DeJordy to replace him.

However, the critical factor for the Kings losing season was a sharp decrease in goal scoring, despite the off-season trade for Ross Lonsberry, who led the team in points. Eddie Joyal, team scoring leader from the 1968-69 season, had his goal scoring halved while Bill Flett had his worst full NHL season. Eddie Shack led the Kings in goal scoring with 22 and had the only Hat trick for the team but was a -39 plus/minus.

Still, several bright spots during the season gave the franchise hope for the future. During the 6-0 loss to the Chicago Black Hawks on November 26, 1969, Butch Goring played his first NHL game. He became a regular, finished third in team scoring and would become the King's leader for the next decade.

By the mid-January All-Star game break, with no chance of making the playoffs, GM Larry Regan began a rebuild. Over the next month, he made four trades with the last one on February 28, 1970 being the most significant, acquiring Juha Widing. Widing would lead the Kings in scoring for the next three seasons, of the total of six excellent ones he spent with Los Angeles.

After Gilles Marotte was acquired on February 20, 1970, Dale Hoganson gave Marotte jersey #4 and wore #10 for the rest of the season. Jim Stanfield played the first game of his seven game NHL career on February 26, 1970 in a 1-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Kings finished last in the West Division and the league with 38 points, the worst season in franchise history.

Final Standings[]

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
St. Louis Blues 76 37 27 12 224 179 86
Pittsburgh Penguins 76 26 38 12 182 238 64
Minnesota North Stars 76 19 35 22 224 257 60
Oakland Seals 76 22 40 14 169 243 58
Philadelphia Flyers 76 17 35 24 197 225 58
Los Angeles Kings 76 14 52 150 168 290 38

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.


Game Log[]

Game Log

Playoffs[]

  • The Kings did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[]

Skaters[]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

# Player GP G A Pts PIM
8 Ross Lonsberry 76 20 22 42 118
16 Eddie Joyal 59 18 22 40 8
19 Butch Goring 59 13 23 36 8
23 Eddie Shack 73 22 12 34 113
9 Bill Flett 69 14 18 32 70
25 Leon Rochefort 76 9 23 32 14
18 Jimmy Peters, Jr. 74 15 9 24 10
15 Ted Irvine 58 11 13 24 10
7 Phil "Skip" Krake 58 5 17 22 86
2 Bob Wall 70 5 13 18 26
21 Bill White 40 4 11 15 21
20 Dick Duff 32 5 8 13 8
12 Dennis Hextall 28 5 7 12 40
3, 14 Larry Cahan 70 4 8 12 52
17 Mike Corrigan 36 6 4 10 30
21 Matt Ravlich 21 3 7 10 34
6 Dale Rolfe 55 1 9 10 77
11 Bryan Campbell 31 4 4 8 4
4, 10 Dale Hoganson 49 1 7 8 37
5 Brent Hughes 52 1 7 8 108
11 Real Lemieux 18 2 4 6 10
4 Gilles Marotte 21 0 6 6 32
10 Howie Hughes 21 0 4 4 0
12 Garry Monahan 21 0 3 3 12
15 Juha Widing 4 0 2 2 2
14 Jacques Lemieux 3 0 1 1 0
11 Jim Stanfield 1 0 0 0 0
11 Gary Croteau 3 0 0 0 0
1 Wayne Rutledge 20 0 0 0 5
30 Denis DeJordy 21 0 0 0 0
30 Gerry Desjardins 43 0 0 0 14

Goaltending[]

Note: GP = Games played; MIN = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

# Player GP MIN W L T SO GAA
30 Denis DeJordy 21 1147 5 11 4 0 3.24
30 Gerry Desjardins 43 2453 7 29 5 3 3.89
1 Wayne Rutledge 20 960 2 12 1 0 4.25

Awards and Records[]

  • The Kings did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[]

Draft Picks[]

See also: 1969 NHL Entry Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality
2 16 Dale Hoganson Flag of Canada Canada
3 27 Gregg Boddy Flag of Canada Canada
4 39 Bruce Landon Flag of Canada Canada
5 51 Butch Goring Flag of Canada Canada

Note: Before 1979, the amateur draft was held with varying rules and procedures. In 1969, teams selected as many player as they wanted to, which is why there were only four Kings players drafted.

1969–70 Los Angeles Kings Roster

Goaltenders:

30 DeJordy • 1 Rutledge • 30 Desjardins 

Defensemen:

2 Wall • 2 Hoganson • 3 Cahan • 4 J.Lemieux • 4 B.Hughes • 2 Marotte • 6 Rolfe • 21 White • 21 Ravlich •

Forwards:

0 Peters • 7 Krake • 7 Duff • 8 Lonsberry • 9 R.Lemieux • 10 H.Hughes • 10 Stanfield • 11 Corrigan • 12 Campbell • 12 Monahan • 12 Hextall • 15 Irvine • 15 Widing • 16 Joyal • 17 Flett • 18 Croteau • 23 Shack • 25 Rochefort •

OwnerJack Kent Cooke •  General ManagerLarry Regan •  CoachRed Kelly

Farm Teams[]

Trivia[]

References[]


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