The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was founded on February 9, 1966, when Jack Kent Cooke was awarded an NHL expansion franchise for Los Angeles, becoming one of the six teams that began play as part of the 1967 NHL expansion. The Kings called The Forum in Inglewood, California (a suburb of Los Angeles), their home for thirty-two years until they moved to the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles to start the 1999–2000 season.
After the 2012–13 NHL lockout ended on January 12, 2013, the 2012–13 NHL season began. Due to the shortened season, the teams only played teams within their own conference. This means that the Kings did not face any Eastern Conference opponents this season. Before the season began, they traded Kevin Westgarth to the Carolina Hurricanes for Anthony Stewart. They lost their home opener to the Chicago Blackhawks and lost the next 2 games only securing 1 point from the OT game against the Edmonton Oilers. The first victory came against their Pacific Division rival Phoenix Coyotes. With Willie Mitchell out for the season and Matt Greene injured after the season opener, the Kings made some moves to improve their defense and acquire some draft picks. They traded Andrei Loktionov to New Jersey for a 2013 draft pick and did the same with Simon Gagne who was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional 2013 4th round pick and Davis Drewiske was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for a 2013 5th round pick. The Kings also traded draft picks for new players. First acquiring Keaton Ellerby from the Florida Panthers sending a 5th round pick in the 2013 draft also getting Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres who would later sign a 2-year extension with the Kings during the playoffs. The Kings finished off the season as the 5th seed in the West and started once again on the road against the St. Louis Blues who they swept in last years playoffs. After losing the first 2 games, the Kings won 4 in a row to eliminate the Blues in 6 games. In the 2nd round, they fought against a very tough San Jose Sharks team, this time with home ice advantage. In the first game, Jarret Stoll suffered in injury from Sharks Raffi Torres who ended up being suspended for the rest of the series. The King eventually won in 7 games. In the Western Conference Finals, they faced the number one seed in the West and Presidents Trophy winner Chicago Blackhawks. After dropping the first two games, the Kings won game 3 with Jeff Carter suffering an injury from Hawks Defenseman Duncan Keith who got suspended for Game 4. On the brink of elimination, the Kings fought the Blackhawks through 2 overtime periods. Game 5 of this series became the longest game in Los Angeles Kings history. Patrick Kane eventually scored a hat trick that won the game and the series, sending the Blackhawks to the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals and ending the Kings Stanley Cup reign. During the season, it was announced that they would host an outdoor game in 2014 at Dodger Stadiumplaying the Anaheim Ducks.