The Los Angeles Kings were founded in 1967 in Southern California. Coincidentally, the University of Southern California was in the Rose Bowl on Jan 2, 1967, where they lost 14-13 to Purdue. Purdue’s team name is the Boilermakers, which reflects our nation’s industrial past. But now we live in a digital age, the age of YouTube, where people like Dr. Pimple Popper gets millions of views. What if Purdue named their team the Purdue Pimple Poppers?
The Kings originally played at The Forum in Inglewood, a suburb of Los Angeles. Suburb? There are no suburbs in Los Angeles. The city is one, giant, amorphous, vibrating blob of humanity, expanding across the state, gobbling up good towns and citizens in its wake.
The other five teams added to the NHL in the 1967 expansion include the Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, and the California Seals. The California Seals were then the Oakland Seals for a while, then the California Golden Seals, then they moved to Cleveland to become the Cleveland Barons where attendance was even worse than it was in California, so they merged with the Minnesota North Stars to become the Dallas Stars. The only thing that has moved more is my receding hairline.