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02-15-2014, 03:46 AM
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While on the subject of the Kings and Jack Kent Cooke the only change of note to their uniforms under Cooke's ownership was the addition of yellow pants in 1970.

I guess it was lost on Cooke that his team looked like a bunch of overgrown canaries out on the ice. One of the first things Jerry Buss did when he bought the Kings (and Lakers, and The Forum, and a 13,000 acre ranch) from Cooke in 1979 was throw the yellow pants into the dustbin of history. In 1980 the sweaters changed, adding contrasting shoulders.

They would remain as such until Bruce McNall bought out Buss's share of the team in 1988. McNall introduced the new jersey at "The Trade" press conference.

Here's a wee bit of wacky trivia for you. McNall gave an interview a little over a year ago about the change to black and silver and he explained:

After asking such Kings players as Luc Robitaille, Jimmy Carson, and Bernie Nicholls for their input, McNall received feedback that choosing black would make them feel bigger and tougher. Robitaille had the greatest impact, telling McNall he enjoyed wearing the black and silver of his junior hockey team, the Hull Olympiques.
Do you know who owned the Hull Olympiques at the time?

Wayne Gretzky!

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