Facts on the Fly: 2/19/2013 Los Angeles Kings @ Edmonton Oilers
Right now I am calling it; Kings beat the Oilers tonight and start a winning streak!!! It is time to put any negative feelings aside towards everything ranging from everything from booing Jack Johnson to pulling the C off of Brown’s jersey. I know that complaining about the Kings and what they are doing or not doing is a huge part of LGK, and it is all good and it is part of what makes this site great. What I am saying is let’s get a little positive, the Kings are Stanley Cup Champions for Pete’s sake!!! So from this moment on I am going to be nothing but positive; at least until the next loss and I join the new thread titled, “It’s All Rawley’s Fault for Calling a Kings Win Over the Oilers and the Kings Going on a Losing Streak”!!!
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2/19/2013: Los Angeles Kings @ Edmonton Oilers
Wayne Gretzky recorded his 1,851st point to pass Gordie Howe as the all-time leading scorer of the NHL on 10/15/1989. What made this truly special was that it happened in front of his former home crowd of Edmonton and he then received a two minute long standing ovation.
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On 10/19/1986; Kings Rookie Luc Robitaille tallied two goals against the Oilers in a 7-6 win. One of those goals was a huge milestone in Kings History as it was the 5,000th goal scored in the franchise’s history.
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Bernie Nicholls records his first four goal game on 10/20/1983 in a 7-2 win over the Oilers; he also had two assists for a six point game.
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With realignment talk in hockey news it is looking like we will be seeing a lot more of the Oilers in the future. Which is perfectly fine with me because I personally loved the rivalry between the two teams when it seemed that they played each every other day and one really started to build a hatred for the players and even the coaches. Anyways, here is a Facts on the Fly on the old Edmonton Eskimos which played many moons ago.
The Eskimos were originally called the Edmonton Hockey Club; starting out in 1905 and helping to establish the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association in 1907. The Edmonton Hockey Club would cease to exist in 1910, and they became the Eskimos in the 1910-11 season.
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The Edmonton Eskimos played as an amateur team and a pro team in their existence from 1910 to 1923. During that time they challenged for the Stanley Cup three times; in 1908 versus the Montreal Wanderers, 1910 versus the Ottawa Senators, and again against the Ottawa in 1923. They lost all three times.
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The 1923 Stanley Cup Final featured the Eskimos vs. the Senators, with the Eskimos outshooting Ottawa in two games of the best of three series by a margin of 68-48. Hall of Famer King Clancy played all six positions in game two for Ottawa including goal when the Senators' goaltender was called for a penalty and had to serve it; as per the rules of the day. The Senators won both games by scores of 2-1 in overtime. Hall of Fame goaltender (and the first to ever wear facial protection) Clint Benedict shut down the Eskimos, essentially putting on a clinic for Ottawa in the crease.
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When the club was losing tens of thousands of dollars due to poor ticket sales, Eskimos owner Kenny McKenzie decided there was only one course to take, spend more money to bring top talent in to draw bigger crowds. It did not work; McKenzie had to sell his top talent for $50,000 to a free spending Boston Bruins of the NHL, this basically killed the team and eventually the WCHL which would fold in 1926.
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Next up over the boards is the 1979/80 team for your viewing pleasure.
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Marcel Dionne captured the scoring title for the season with 53 goals and 84 assists. The Kings struggled to post a 30-36-14 record, with one of the low lights being allowing 313 goals.
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The Kings traded fan favorite Butch Goring to the NY Islanders for Billy Harris and Dave Lewis. These two players would never have the type of impact for the Kings that Goring had for the Islanders as he helped to lead them to four consecutive Stanley Cups.
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Despite their less than stellar season the Kings would finish in second place and make the playoffs, the Kings would make another quick exit as they are beaten by the very team that they traded Goring to; the New York Islanders beat the Kings in four games.
Random facts for you to ponder.
The only non-North American to play for the Kings to wear the number 23 is Slovakian Igor Liba who played 27 games for the Kings in the 1988-89 season where he scored 5 goals and had 13 assists.
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(Good thing Rinkrat did this, because there was nothing else on Liba!!! Thanks Rinkrat!!!)
The first European player to wear the number one for the Kings was Milan Hnilicka from the Czech Republic. He played 80 minutes for the Kings in the 2003-04 season. Hnilicka was acquired from Atlanta for future considerations on 9/15/2003.
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The first player on the Kings to wear the number 13 is Robert Lang. The Czech Republic native played in parts of Kings Seasons from 1992-96 and had 19 goals and 39 assists.
Sources: LAKINGS.com; NHL.com; TSN.ca; HOCKEY-REFERENCE.com; HOCKEYDB.com; GOOGLE IMAGES