The Kings broke ties with a chapter of the organization’s aesthetic history on March 19th, ditching the color scheme that’s emblazoned their uniforms since 1998, and the template they’ve donned since 2002.
Since November of 2009, when the current home uniform was introduced as an alternate sweater, the team has been slowly developing into making that modernized design their primary look. They did so officially prior to the start of the 2011-2012 season, introducing a white version to compliment a fully-clothed home and road set.
The purple and black crown hemline jerseys remained as the Kings’ third (alternate) uniform until March of this past season.
It was a two-day, two-game stretch at Staples Center against the Phoenix Coyotes that sent this rather unfortunate image of the franchise off forever.
The Kings even brewed together a huge sale for the affair.
Did you need that XXL white/purple blank away jersey that still has the folds from sitting in a box for four years, or that old ass thing that has Bailey’s picture on it?
That sale was a f*cking joke.
How do you fool willing minds into a store full of willing items?
A lot of new merchandise was sold that night.
Here’s how they looked
Things couldn’t have looked better in local confines heading into the game that would see this organization say it’s farewell to a symbol and design that’s been a regular sight on home ice at Staples Center for so many years.
When the old brings in the new
Tyler Toffoli, who played his second career NHL game in the Kings’ purple crown hemline sweaters, recorded his first career NHL goal in the Kings’ now-defunct look.
One door closes while another opens.
Lighting that Fire
Drew Doughty would finally break his scoring drought on the Kings’ final night in the purple crown hemline sweaters on March 19th against the Phoenix Coyotes, tallying his first goal of the 2012-2013 season, and his first goal in 28 games.
First and Last
Jonathan Bernier started in the crease for the Kings’ final appearance in their purple crown hemline sweaters, making a whopping 40 saves against the Phoenix Coyotes on March 19th at Staples Center to fuel a 3-2 victory for the Kings.
September 29, 2007
Ironically so, Jonathan Bernier was the first Kings goaltender to start a game in purple crown hemline sweater, if we’re talking the Reebok Edge era style of uniforms. Bernier started the Kings’ opening game of the 2007-2008 season against the Anaheim Ducks during the 2007 NHL Premiere in London, England.
This was the first season the NHL adopted the current Reebok Edge uniform style, which changed many teams’ uniform templates, even if just slightly.
Jonathan Bernier, who’s appearances in a Kings uniform are most certainly few and far between, happened to be in the crease for the first and last struts of this unique hockey sweater.
Stoll and Out
Jarret Stoll is your last goal-scorer in this chapter of Kings aesthetics.
No uniform in the league looks better than that shot though. What a way to send ‘em off.
#TEN – “Lasorda snubs Johnson“
#NINE – “Kopitar’s got Wings“
#EIGHT - “Hats-Off for Carter“
#SEVEN - “Calgary for Two“
#SIX – “Retiring in Style”
We’re halfway there. And of course, the best is yet to come. Keep us company here at KingsCast for the final countdown of the Kings’ top moments of the 2012-2013 season.
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