100 Greatest NHL® Uniforms

Los Angeles Kings



Sometimes timing just works out perfectly. That was the case when the Los Angeles Kings went with their first uniform overhaul in team history prior to the 1988-1989 season. Moving away from the purple and gold that they'd worn since 1967, the Kings shifted to the black and silver look made popular by the Raiders, one of L.A.'s two NFL teams at the time. The new Kings uniform was black with grey and white stripes on the sleeves and around the waist, a logo featuring a silver shield with KINGS across it in black italics above a crown on the chest. Just two months after announcing the new look the Kings acquired Wayne Gretzky in what many regard as the biggest trade in hockey history, introducing Gretzky with the brand new jersey at the press conference. The Kings have worn black as their primary color ever since but have made major changes to the rest of their look. This particular uniform and logo was worn until the end of the 1997-1998 season, including their run to the 1993 Stanley Cup Final, before being replaced with a purple and black design in the 1998-1999 season.