At first glance, it might be easy for the casual fan to say the Los Angeles Kings are on the NHL's newest teams. However that would be incorrect. The Kings were founded back in 1967. Most of the Kings best years have come in recent times. The Kings have won their division one time, 1991. The Kings have won the Western Conference three times- 1993, 2012, and 2014. In addition, the Kings have also won the Stanley Cup twice- 2012, and 2014.
The 2012 team was the one that went on one of the most memorable late season runs in NHL history. In 2012 the Kings entered the playoffs as the 8 seed in the Western Conference. On their way to the Stanley Cup Finals the Kings eliminated the top three seeds in the Western Conference- The Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, and Phoenix Coyotes. In doing so the Kings became the second team in NHL history to defeat the top three seeds in the same conference in a playoff run. The Kings went on to defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Perhaps the most notable event in the history of the Los Angeles Kings did not come in the form of a trophy, but rather a trade. The date was August 9, 1988. On this date, the landscape of the NHL changed forever when the Los Angeles Kings acquired the legendary Wayne Greztky from the Edmonton Oilers. Gretzky scored in 168 points in first season in Los Angeles- 54 goals, and a whopping 114 assists. The season long performance won him his 9th Hart Memorial Trophy. Even though Greztky's time in Los Angeles did not result in a Stanley Cup, it did generate hockey intrest on the West Coast, which many say led the the Kings ability to field two Stanley Cup champions in recent years.