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10-31-2011, 08:40 PM
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How Did You Become A Hockey (Kings) Fan?

I thought this would be an interesting thread at this time, given that we have a 3˝ day break from the Kings.

I first became a Kings fan when I was 9 years old. I was visiting my aunt (or should I say my mother was and I was dragged along). It was the evening time and there was nothing on the TV (as usual). I was flipping channels and I saw something I never saw before: a hockey game.

I was absolutely fascinated with it, and I was hooked instantly. I can't remember the opponent, but it was clearly a Kings game because I lived in San Pedro at the time and who else would they be showing in the L.A. area anyway?

I had no idea at the time the team was an expansion team and it was their first year in the league. The year was 1967, and I have been a fan ever since.

I grew up poor, and didn't have the money to go to too many games in those days. My first hockey game I ever attended was almost 10 years later, in 1977. It just so happened to be a playoff game against the (then) Atlanta Flames. The Kings were in their usual "Forum" gold and the Flames were wearing red with that great white "A" on their jersey. The Kings won that game and Rogie Vachon (my favorite player at that time) was awesome in goal as usual.

After all this time, and all these years, I finally broke down and bought season tickets. I am having a great time at the games and the fans are more diverse than I have ever seen before. The sport has truly "grown up" in Los Angeles.

Now all we need is a Cup.

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Ron, I appreciate your passion as a fan, but I have a problem.

The Kings didn't telecast any home games during 1967..... - a bunch of away games, but no home games.

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Ron, I appreciate your passion as a fan, but I have a problem.

The Kings didn't telecast any home games during 1967..... - a bunch of away games, but no home games.
Maybe he was watching an away game?

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Didn't like hockey much, but my stepdad took me to a Kings vs. Sharks game in Staples Center. At first I was kinda rooting for the Sharks because they're called the "Sharks" but then the Kings scored......Goal horn, Crowd screaming,The energy! Kings won that game 2-1 it was the last game of the season for the Kings. Then I watched this video when it was posted.



BOOM! KINGS FAN!

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Played hockey since 4 yrs old, moved to LA/USA at 7, joined league (marina cities/culver) went to game. This was early 80s. Was a period from around 1998 to 2005 or so that I didnt watch much though.

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Great Topic

Hey Ron,

Great Topic! I remember going to my first game back in 1967, when I was just 7 years old. My dad got tickets from some one at work, and took my twin brother and I, and we too were hooked. I remember listening to games on KFI, and in the mid 70's, before we had our driver's license, we would take the RTD bus to the games in Inglewood. Once we had our licenses' we would go to games, and buy the student tickets way up high, then move down to the lower bowl in the second or third periods. I remember many a night waiting just outside of the Forum Club lobby to see the players and get their autographs, and if we missed them we could always wait for them to walk to their cars to get their autographs.
I have been a full time season ticket holder since 1988, and have seen the Kings play in 53 different hockey arenas over the years.
I truly believe this year the Kings have a great opportunity to bring a cup to LA!

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10-31-2011, 09:47 PM
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probably a massively different response to others coming up

Being from Wales, never even heard what ice hockey was until i was around 13, when my friend bought nhl 03 or 03, 1 of those. He said it was amazing, and a group of us decided to play it together, we each picked teams that were about equal stats wise since we didnt know any players or anything and i picked the leafs. I beat everyone too badly as the leafs so i was made to pick a team that was worse than everyone else, so i picked the Kings, and stuck with them since.

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I am truly disappointed that PSP decided to question my memory rather than actually comment on the topic itself. This thread is not about me but rather how we all became hockey, and in particular, Kings fans.

I naturally assumed everyone here would know it was an away game, as the Kings (nor the Lakers) broadcasted ANY home games until well into the '80s. My mistake, I should have made that clear.

Also, I would have to agree that not many games were televised...I imagine I might have been the only one watching them in those days.

Like Gretz I listened to most of the games on the radio...

PSP rest assured it was 1967. If it makes you feel any better, I haven't been a fan since "day 1" because I am pretty sure it wasn't the first game of the season.

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I am truly disappointed that PSP decided to question my memory rather than actually comment on the topic itself. This thread is not about me but rather how we all became hockey, and in particular, Kings fans.

I naturally assumed everyone here would know it was an away game, as the Kings (nor the Lakers) broadcasted ANY home games until well into the '80s. My mistake, I should have made that clear.

Also, I would have to agree that not many games were televised...I imagine I might have been the only one watching them in those days.

Like Gretz I listened to most of the games on the radio...

PSP rest assured it was 1967. If it makes you feel any better, I haven't been a fan since "day 1" because I am pretty sure it wasn't the first game of the season.
I apologize questioning your memory - you definitely qualify as the real deal in my book

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I naturally assumed everyone here would know it was an away game, as the Kings (nor the Lakers) broadcasted ANY home games until well into the '80s. My mistake, I should have made that clear.
Sorry I was born in the late 80's, not something I would be aware of

Anyways, I might be disowned here now since I have gone to two favourite teams, following both equally but I'll share anyways.

I was only 6 when the original Jets left, but did not really start getting into hockey until 2000/01 and while watching the playoffs I noticed the Kings have the coolest logo of all-time(see below), then they beat down the hated Red Wings (I disliked pretty much all the "powerhouses") with that dramatic win and I watched Palffy's unreal hands and skill, Deadmarsh's grit and leadership, Potvin's flashy style and I was SOLD. Favourite team ever since, right up until May 31, 2011, when they dropped into a dead tie for 1st for me. Once I learn photoshop I will get an avatar with Kings in it again

This is the one, I thought of Lions/Swords/Knights and as a 12 year old that was AWESOME


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I saw a great hockey game in late February 1971. My birthday was earlier in the month and my parents got me tickets to the game to see their favorite team, the Bruins. I loved Cheever's mask, I loved the fights, Esposito scored his 50th of the season (I don't remember that directly that night) on the way to a 76g76a season, and with the Kings leading the Bruins pulled the goalier (yes correct word at the time) and went into a 6 on 5 powerplay mode. After 30-40 seconds of passing the puck around my mom yells "SHOOT THE *** **** PUCK" Bobby Orr shoots it into the shins of a Kings player and out to center ice it goes and time runs out before the Bs can regain the blue line. Kings win and I decide that I will root for the team that beat my parent's team. My dad's work got free box seat tickets all the time and we would go to a few games a year, mostly vs Boston but I saw other teams as well.


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I became a hockey fan one day after I just got a HDTV and a HD box. I was flipping through the channels and I thought I would check how hockey looked in HD. It was during the playoffs and I really enjoyed the game. Realized how much better it was than football. A lot faster paced and more action.

I became a Kings fan because my dad had been one for 30+ years. Now I watch every Kings game. It gets difficult because I live in Michigan and the games usually get done at 1-2 AM. Work the next morning really sucks.

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I became a fan in 1986. I was flipping through the channels and once I saw our Kings reppin the silver and black Chevy jerseys, I knew I was in love. I know it's 1987 because the New York Giants won the Super Bowl that year.

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Ron,

I too was a big fan of Rogie Vachon. Some of those teams were so good on defense, but couldn't score many goals. One of my all time memories, is calling and talking to Rogie on a call in radio show. He was one that I got his autograph after a game, and couldn't believe how short he was. But he sure had a super fast reflexes, and is a class act. So many year's later, it's too bad that fans don't have access to the players after the games like they used to. But there is always going to the practices and being able to meet them.

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It was a combination of my dad starting to watch the Kings once they traded for Gretzky, and at the same time I had a new friend move down the street, and he came from Boston.

So between my dad watching it on TV after the Gretzky trade, and a friend actually showing me how to play, I got to love both the sport and the Kings.

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I apologize questioning your memory - you definitely qualify as the real deal in my book
It's all good.

I was thinking I would extend this a little...

My greatest memories (moments):

1976: Taking the heavily-favored Bruins to seven games in the quarterfinals, especially game 6 when Goring beat that cheating Cheevers late in OT at home...the crowd went wild!

1982: Miracle on Manchester...if you don't know it and need a summary, you really aren't a true Kings fan!

1993: Beating the Maple Leafs in Toronto in game 7 of the Conference Finals. I was in a hotel room in Phoenix and went nuts yelling "We are going to the Finals!" My wife had to shush me.

2001: Sweeping the Detroit Red Wings after losing the first two games. Great goal by Deadmarsh in overtime and the crowd goes nuts!


My greatest disappointments:

1975: After finishing fourth in the entire league with 105 points (freakin' Montreal was in our division, of course, so we didn't win the division), we lose to the lowly Maple Leafs in three games. I cursed the NHL for years for having a 3-game series to begin the Stanley Cup playoffs. Revenge factor: see 1993 above.

1993: Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, where the bonehead Marty McSorley cost us the game with the oversized stick. The Kings never recovered and lost three overtime games in that series...it was a lot closer than 1-4 would indicate.

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My first hockey game I attended live was one that I got a ticket for from a friend at the last minute on a lark because someone became ill the day of the game, so I went in his place.

It wound up being the Frenzy on Figueroa. I've been hooked ever since.

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It's all good.

I was thinking I would extend this a little...

My greatest memories (moments)

1976: Taking the heavily-favored Bruins to seven games in the quarterfinals, especially game 6 when Goring beat that cheating Cheevers late in OT at home...the crowd went wild!

1982: Miracle on Manchester...if you don't need it and need a summary, you really aren't a true Kings fan!

1993: Beating the Maple Leafs in Toronto in game 7 of the Conference Finals. I was in a hotel room in Phoenix and went nuts yelling "We are going to the Finals!" My wife had to shush me.

2001: Sweeping the Detroit Red Wings after losing the first two games. Great goal by Deadmarsh in overtime and the crowd goes nuts!


My greatest disappointments:

1975: After finishing fourth in the entire league with 105 points (freakin' Montreal was in our division, of course, so we didn't win the division), we lose to the lowly Maple Leafs in three games. I cursed the NHL for years for having a 3-game series to begin the Stanley Cup playoffs. Revenge factor: see 1993 above.

1993: Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, where the bonehead Marty McSorley cost us the game with the oversized stick. The Kings never recovered and lost three overtime games in that series...it was a lot closer than 1-4 would indicate.
I loved that game ( I was 12) because my parents were so upset after the game and I was waving my Kings banner (think felt triangle on a cheap wooden stick) around until the stick snapped. If I remember the Kings got beaten badly in game seven.
Also in 1974 (I think) the Kings had a stripper on the ice before a game and security chased her around Key Stone Cop style while she stripped. I remember because I was there with my scout troop. We were in the cheap seats and couldn't see anything but these were the days when National Geographic was thought of as porn. Anything to get fans in the building.

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I became a fan in 1986. I was flipping through the channels and once I saw our Kings reppin the silver and black Chevy jerseys, I knew I was in love. I know it's 1987 because the New York Giants won the Super Bowl that year.
Sorry EagleBlack87, but the Chevy black and white jerseys weren't announced until the Gretzky trade in August 1988

(Did my previous post on this get deleted?)

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Became a fan, my uncle took me to the game when I was 4, so 1979, started playing the next week, haven't stopped, still involved in the game, but from 83 I think to 85, I practically grew up in the Forum, I got lucky and my dad knew some of the right people so I got to go down underneath and explore the grounds of the forum, got lucky enough one night to have Phil Housley when the Jets were in town, take me on the Jets bus, and I got autographs from every single player,

Also hung out at Culver to watch all the practices that was very interesting to see the difference in practices between the teams...

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I was introduced to LA Kings hockey in 1985 by my uncle. I grew up in Redding, CA and there was no hockey up there (or much of anything but fishing). But we had a satellite dish, and when my uncle visited, he asked if we could get Kings hockey.

Well, I did a search of the satellites, and found Prime Ticket Network. I fell in love the first game. Next thing you know, I was watching every game I could find(a lot of Prime Ticket, NESN and MSG network).

The next year was Luc Robitaille and Jimmy Carson fighting for the Calder. I've been a huge fan ever since. It's a lot easier now with the Internet and Center Ice. Especially since I'm up here in Nocal.

Hockey has grown significantly up here in the last 10 years. But I love when the stupid Sharks fan ask me why I'm a Kings fan, I tell them "I was a Kings fan before there was such thing as a Shark, Mighty Duck, Coyote or an Avalanche."

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I was introduced to LA Kings hockey in 1985 by my uncle. I grew up in Redding, CA and there was no hockey up there (or much of anything but fishing). But we had a satellite dish, and when my uncle visited, he asked if we could get Kings hockey.

Well, I did a search of the satellites, and found Prime Ticket Network. I fell in love the first game. Next thing you know, I was watching every game I could find(a lot of Prime Ticket, NESN and MSG network).

The next year was Luc Robitaille and Jimmy Carson fighting for the Calder. I've been a huge fan ever since. It's a lot easier now with the Internet and Center Ice. Especially since I'm up here in Nocal.

Hockey has grown significantly up here in the last 10 years. But I love when the stupid Sharks fan ask me why I'm a Kings fan, I tell them "I was a Kings fan before there was such thing as a Shark, Mighty Duck, Coyote or an Avalanche."
Great point!

The Kings were the only team in the western half of the U.S. (the Seals had moved on to Cleveland in the mid-70s, and the Canucks were the only other west coast team in the league).

I remember in the mid-70s the Kings had a huge "radio" following in (of all places) Dallas! It was because KFI's signal was so strong that at night it jumped all the way to New Orleans! It was really awesome to find out that Kings fans existed all across the southern border at that time...the only hockey team really in the area.

Now of course its different, but those Duck and Shark and Coyote and Avalanche and Star fans really can thank the Kings and in particular Jack Kent Cooke for persevering all those lean years in the 1970s.

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I was introduced to Kings hockey in 1989 when I was probably 3 months old. My Dad took me to my first game then, I started playing at the age of 5, and I've been hooked since then.

I remember going to the Forum when I was really young, my Dad and I would get there early and walk around a few sections looking for pucks under the seats. I still have about 20+ of them in a box sitting in my closet.

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My mom won Kings tickets in a raffle when I was 4 years old, she took me to the Forum where I saw Gretzky and Luc for the first time, I instantly became a fan.

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Not exactly sure but it started when Gretzky came to la. I started playing at iceoplex in 1990 or 1991. I was a full blown hockey addict by the time nhlpa came out for sega. After that it was over. Now I'm on here to satisfy my cravings and my fiancé thinks I'm crazy.

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