For the past decade, the Kings’ image on the ice has retained a one-of-a-kind look.
Or, well, unique.
Athletically speaking, we’ve seen this team’s image hit some pretty miserable low points. Aesthetically speaking, however, it’s all been done in a uniform template that has been a truly exclusive set to the NHL‘s league-wide closet.
Tonight, the Kings will wear their purple and black crown uniforms for the final time at Staples Center against the Phoenix Coyotes. It’s a bittersweet farewell to a wardrobe set that, even though having a rather loud, boisterous look, is one that symbolizes simpler times with this franchise.
The Kings donned their black and purple crown uniforms as their primary jerseys for eight seasons, beginning in the 2002-2003 campaign and ending after the 2010-2011 season.
The transition to the Kings’ current black/white/silver scheme started in November 2008, when the Kings introduced their current primary home uniform as an alternate sweater.
From then on, the Kings’ marketing department centered heavily on the new colors and logo, rooting the slow, rather awkward death of the purple and black.
The new sends it off in style
Last Hurrah: Respect was paid to a dying piece of Kings history Monday night, in a 4-0 rout in what was a monstrously huge Pacific Division date with the Phoenix Coyotes. Many familiar faces were sporting the Kings’ crown for one of their final times, and a couple of new faces debuted play in the black/purple template – just as it’s going out of style.
Keaton Ellerby, who the Kings acquired on February 9th from the Florida Panthers, sported purple and black for the first time as a King this past week.
The newest addition to the roster, Tyler Toffoli, who was called up from the AHL‘s Manchester Monarchs on March 10th, not only wore purple and black for the first time, but also scored his first-career NHL goal Monday night at Staples Center in the uniform.
Looking sharp, eh?
Top-shelf; where Momma keeps the cookies.
Memory Lane: In the ten years the Kings have worn their black and purple crown uniforms, there have been many special moments engraved into the organization’s history books.
White Out: The white version of the Kings’ crown uniform was put to rest after the 2010-2011 season, making it’s final appearance on April 23rd, 2011 against the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at HP Pavilion.
The Kings would extend that series to six games, winning their final contest in the white crowns in a 3-1 victory that would see rookie Kyle Clifford bury the eventual game-winning goal.
Game 6 would see the San Jose Sharks win the series 4-2, with an overtime goal off the stick of Joe Thornton, putting the white and purples to rest for good.
Rookie Wear 4/23/11
A Kopitar Hat-Trick 3/11/11
And a Kopitar Trick 1/30/10
A Little Extra Time 12/4/10
Brown Cooke-ing 2006
Dustin Brown hitting Children
Kopitar’s First 10/6/06
A Devilish Touch 2006
And, of course, Jeremy Roenick
We’ll get back to actual analysis once the Kings are back to black.
Tonight, it’s about the purple, and it’s about the crown.
It’s about embracing the past decade, as the franchise continues to evolve.
Scream and shout
Mope and pout
Or just look like this
That’s how Alec Martinez’s game looks right now
Just know, you can always look back at it
One final night in the purple/black crown hemlines.
Puck drops against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at Staples Center at 7:30PM PST.
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