Until recently, the Los Angeles Kings had managed only modest success, but it was clear the franchise wanted to pay homage to their entire journey in the NHL when the club unveiled their 50th anniversary jerseys for the upcoming campaign.
The jerseys, which were officially unveiled Tuesday, look much like what we’ve come to expect when it comes to Kings jerseys, and borrow parts of the uniforms the team has worn either as alternates or for special occasions over the past few years. Jersey fans, and those who pay attention to all things Kings, will notice that the jerseys seem to borrow some style from the Stadium Series jerseys of past years, but there are also a handful of nods to the early years of the franchise, including a unique collar design.
The base of the jersey uses the same grey color that fans will recognize from the Stadium Series jerseys the Kings have worn in both 2013-14 and 2014-15, though the tone of the grey is much closer to that of the 2015 Stadium Series jersey set. Those jerseys, which were grey, black and white, were lighter in color than the 2014 Stadium Series threads.
Interestingly enough, the jersey template has more planning behind it than simply being an eye-catching design. Each stripe on the jersey has meaning. The base stripe, according to the Kings, is representative of the stripe that was worn on the base of the jerseys during the team’s inaugural season. As for the two stripes on the arms, the black isn’t the focal point so much as the threading between the black bars. That silver striping, one on each arm, is representative of the franchise’s two Stanley Cups.
For the logos, Los Angeles has gone with its most modern logo set instead of going with a throwback logo. While some fans may have been wishing for the old-school crown, or even the modernized version, the new logo incorporates the best of everything. It’s a similar style to the fan-favorite “Chevy” Kings logo and the modernized crown remains in the base of the crest, tying the past look in with the new. The logo can even be seen in the background of the numbering.
There is an addition to the logo, though, with the Kings incorporating gold piping into the mark. That’s a similar design to what the Philadelphia Flyers have done with their 50th anniversary sweaters, and like the Flyers, the Kings have used the gold piping around the numbers, name bar and front-of-uniform captaincy marks. The gold piping can also be found around the shoulder patches, which include a special 50th anniversary patch on the right shoulder and the All-Star Game logo on the left.
However, one of the coolest features of the jerseys is one that won’t often be seen. Inside the collar of the jersey is the famous Forum Blue, along with five gold diamonds. Each diamond represents a decade in the franchise’s history.
The Kings plan to wear the jerseys 14 times throughout the season, all during Saturday night home games. The first appearance of the threads will be the Oct. 22 contest, and they’ll be worn for a final time during Los Angeles’ last regular season home game on April 8.
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