The Kings go retro with their new sweaters … but not as far back as we’d like


Purple is apparently pass.

It’s back in black, white and silver. Gretzky-era garb. And less freezer burn.

The Kings officially announced their changing of the color combos again, using the scheme that was worn as an alternate jersey the last two seasons. On the road, they’re going all white.

Fork out the dough, fans. You’re getting some new stuff to buy up.

Anyone who has a kid in the Jr. Kings program has caught wind of it. They’ve had to order new jerseys for the upcoming season that match up to these.

“There was an overwhelming sentiment from our fans and from our players that has led us to this change,” said Luc Robitaille, the team’s president of business operations.

“Our fans really like the late ’80s and early ’90s era Kings uniforms which are very similar to this uniform. As a player, the colors give you an attitude and an edge. (Team GM) Dean Lombardi and I talked a lot about it with the players and they love it. We feel our fans believe in it as well.”

Bruce McNall believed in it.

The once imprisioned owner ditched the long-time purple and gold to this color palate after he orchestrated the trade for Wayne Gretzky from Edmonton in 1988. Back then, he had a “Los Angeles Kings” chevron logo on the front.


It’s evolved to purple, black and white to combine the two looks, but this time, they’ll take the “L.A.” crest as well as the recent crown logo (not the really cool one from the ’60s through the ’80s) and put them on there instead. Thankfully.

The Kings will break out the new road sweater on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the L.A. Kings Hockey Fest ’11.

For our tastes, we’ll stick with the Forum deep blue and shocking gold that started it all (as per Jack Kent Cooke’s directive and color description), and Rogie Vachon once wore with purplish pride. As did Robitaille (who actually wore all three previous color combos during his three stints with the team).

== A history of the Kings’ sweater and logo changes over the years (linked here).

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