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68-69LAKings
1968–69 Los Angeles Kings · NHL
Division 4th West
1968–69 record 24-42-10
Home record 19-14-5
Road record 5-28-5
Goals for 185
Goals against 260
General Manager Larry Regan
Coach Red Kelly
Captain Bob Wall
Team leaders
Goals Eddie Joyal (33)
Assists Real Lemieux (29)
Points Eddie Joyal (52)
Penalties in minutes Dale Rolfe (85)
Wins Gerry Desjardins (18)
Goals against average Gerry Desjardins (3.26)

The 1968–69 Los Angeles Kings season was the second ever for the Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League. After finishing a surprising second place during the 1967–68 season, the Kings stumbled in their second regular season, finishing with a 24-42-10 record, good for 58 points and fourth place in the six-team Western Division.

The Kings did make the playoffs, where they pulled a first round upset, knocking off their in-state rivals the Oakland Seals in seven games in the NHL Quarter-finals. The Kings would then be swept by the St. Louis Blues in the Western Division finals.

Attendance for the season exceeded 300,000 for the first time over a 38-game home schedule.

OffseasonEdit

The Kings acquired goaltender Gerry Desjardins from the Montreal Canadiens in June, giving up two first-round picks. Goaltender Terry Sawchuk was traded to the Detroit Red Wings in October for Jimmy Peters, Jr.. On the same day the Kings picked up goaltender prospect Wayne Thomas of the University of Wisconsin from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Desjardins would play the majority of games with Wayne Rutledge his main backup.

The team held its training camp in Barrie, Ontario.

Regular seasonEdit

The Kings second season began with playoff expectations following a second place finish in their inaugural season. The Kings played well enough at home to be competitive for a playoff spot, but they only won 5 road games all season.

Season standingsEdit

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
St. Louis Blues 76 37 25 14 204 157 88
Oakland Seals 76 29 36 11 219 251 69
Philadelphia Flyers 76 20 35 21 174 225 61
Los Angeles Kings 76 24 42 10 185 260 58
Pittsburgh Penguins 76 20 45 11 189 252 51
Minnesota North Stars 76 18 43 15 189 270 51
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Game LogEdit

1968-69 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

1969 NHL Quarter-finalsEdit

Los Angeles Kings vs. Oakland Seals

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 2 Los Angeles 5 Oakland 4 (OT)
April 3 Los Angeles 2 Oakland 4
April 5 Oakland 5 Los Angeles 2
April 6 Oakland 2 Los Angeles 4
April 9 Los Angeles 1 Oakland 4
April 10 Oakland 3 Los Angeles 4
April 13 Los Angeles 5 Oakland 3

Los Angeles wins best-of-seven series 4–3.

1969 Western Division FinalsEdit

Los Angeles Kings vs. St. Louis Blues

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 4 Los Angeles 0 St. Louis 4
April 6 Los Angeles 2 St. Louis 3
April 9 St. Louis 5 Los Angeles 2
April 11 St. Louis 4 Los Angeles 1

St. Louis wins best-of-seven series 4–0.

Bill Flett led all Kings playoff scorers with 7 points, while Eddie Joyal and Ted Irvine had 6 points each. Irvine had 5 goals to lead the club.

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Eddie Joyal 73 33 19 52 24
Bill Flett 72 24 25 49 53
Real Lemieux 75 11 29 40 68
Ted Irvine 76 15 24 39 47
Howie Hughes 73 16 14 30 10
Lowell MacDonald 58 14 14 38 10
Gord Labossiere 48 10 18 28 12
Howie Menard 56 10 17 27 31
Jimmy Peters 76 10 15 25 28
Phil "Skip" Krake 30 3 9 12 11
Doug Robinson 31 2 10 12 2
Ron Anderson 56 3 5 8 26
Gary Croteau 11 5 1 6 6
Bryan Campbell 18 2 1 3 4
Bill Inglis 10 0 1 1 0
Gerry Foley 1 0 0 0 0
Marc Dufour 2 0 0 0 0

DefencemenEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Bill White 75 5 28 33 38
Bob Wall 71 13 13 26 16
Dale Rolfe 75 3 19 22 85
Brent Hughes 72 2 19 21 73
Larry Cahan 72 3 11 14 76
Dave Amadio 65 1 5 6 60
Jacques Lemieux 0 0 0 0 0

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP = Games played; MIN = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP MIN W L T SO GAA
Gerry Desjardins 60 3499 18 34 6 4 3.26
Wayne Rutledge 17 921 6 7 4 0 3.65
Jacques Caron 3 140 0 1 0 0 3.86

Awards and recordsEdit

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

TransactionsEdit

Draft picksEdit

See also: 1968 NHL Entry Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality
1 7 Jim McInally Flag of Canada.svg Canada
  • NOTE: Back before 1979, the amateur draft was held with varying rules and procedures. In 1968, teams only needed to select as many player as they wanted to, which is why there was only one Kings player drafted.
1968–69 Los Angeles Kings Roster

Goaltenders:

1 Rutledge • 30 Desjardins • 1 Caron 

Defensemen:

2 Wall • 3 Cahan • 4 J.Lemieux • 4 B.Hughes • 5 Amadio • 6 Rolfe • 21 White 

Forwards:

0 Peters • 7 Krake • 9 R.Lemieux • 10 H.Hughes • 11 MacDonald • 20 Anderson • 12 Campbell • 15 Irvine • 16 Joyal • 17 Flett • 18 Croteau • 19 Dufour • 19 Menard • 20 Labossiere • 22 Inglis • 23 Robinson • 25 Foley 

OwnerJack Kent Cooke •  General ManagerLarry Regan •  CoachRed Kelly

Game AdsEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.162, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5

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