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Los Angeles Kings to push nostalgia buttons on opening night by wearing purple 'retro' jerseys

Oct 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

For a franchise that owns zero Stanley Cups despite being in the league since 1967, the Los Angeles Kings need to occasionally distract their fans with shiny objects. Swanky jerseys are hockey’s version of shiny objects, so perhaps it makes sense that the Kings have featured a handful of stylish jersey options over the years.

Personally, I wish the team would go one step forward with their 09-10 third jerseys, which look tantalizingly close to the slick black and silver duds worn by Wayne Gretzky & Co. in the ’90s (see the comparison here), but that’s another discussion for another day.

Today’s discussion is over the Kings’ decision to sport their ravishing, regal purple jerseys from way back then for their home opener and three other nostalgia-laced home games this season. Take a look at the throwback uniforms, via the Kings.

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The Kings hinted at the blast from the past when they gave their first round draft pick Derek Forbort the team’s all-gold version of that jersey when they selected him in the draft.

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Kinda hurts the eyes a bit, eh? They would look like skating highlighters in those duds, so I’m glad the team’s going with purple instead for the retro fix.

Anyway, that’s some fairly exciting news for people with an unhealthy obsession uniforms such as myself. The Kings hope that they’ll make history during the 2010-11 season, but if nothing else, they’ll acknowledge history a few times at home.

  1. NYRFTW - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    The all gold one is awesome. The purple one is horrible and the NHL logo on the neck makes it look even worse. Reebok should stick to making crappy football jerseys and get the hell out of the NHL. Where is CCM when you need them?

  2. Rob M. - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Why the love for silver, black and white? I’m a long time Kings fan (Goring, Nichols, Dionne era) and love the old colors. You see the old time Kings highlights, you know which team it was.

  3. NikolaiNYR - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    I’m a fan of the regal purple and gold. It’s bold
    A travel/tournament team I play on adopted it as our jersey and added our own logo to the jersey.

  4. ml - Oct 9, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    It is such a great uniform, I’m just so happy to see them in the purple suit :P Way to go !!!

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