The @LAKings will wear gold instead of purple throwbacks next season! First look: pic.twitter.com/77dIqKnTw6
— Icethetics (@icethetics) March 12, 2014
The Kings are going back their pre-Gretzky days.
According to LAKingsInsider.com, the team will wear throwback uniforms from the franchise's early seasons for a number of "Legends Nights" next season.
Mirroring the purple-and-yellow scheme of the NBA's L.A. Lakers, the Kings wore gold-themed jerseys from 1967 to 1980, before adding more purple in 1980-81. The Kings changed to a black-and-white scheme in 1988, the same year that Wayne Gretzky arrived in Hollywood. The team has since played mix-and-match with the four colors, right up to its most recent redesign.
“To me, the LA Kings have been around since 1967, and I don’t think people really understand how long we’ve been around for," Kings legend/Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, who is now the team's president of business operations, told LAKingsInsider.com. "To have the opportunity to bring back those jerseys and show some respect to our history is very important." Robitaille noted that the team asked special permission from the league to wear the light-colored uniforms at home, adding that it plans to do them only a few times throughout the season in order to not "overdo it."