July 24, 2012
With NHL free agency in full swing, every team and its fans are looking towards the future. In the off-season every team tries to retool, in order to make a run at the often-elusive Stanley Cup.
The Minnesota Wild recently spent hundreds of millions of dollars on free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. The Philadelphia Flyers are close to completing their own hundred million dollar deal with defenseman Shea Webber.
The most recent winners of Lord Stanley’s Cup, the Los Angeles Kings, have had an interesting history involving their garb. In 1967, the Kings first season in the NHL, the team colors were purple and gold, similar to another famous LA sports franchise.
Playing off of the success of the Lakers, the Kings wore purple for home games and gold sweaters for away games. While the crown logo was the main emblem depicted with great size on the front of the 67’ sweaters, the current Kings uniforms not only sport a different color scheme, but also supplanted the large crown with a smaller one.
Although the team now only sports a small picture of the originally used king’s crown on their jerseys, the 2011-2012 LA Kings are, for one year, the official royalty of the NHL.
Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: What is the NCAA football rule regarding permission for the home team to wear its white uniform in a game? Answer on Wednesday.
Monday’s answer: The year was 1962 that the St. Louis Cardinals became the first National League team to put players names on the back of the jersey, joining the White Sox who did so two seasons prior.