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Golden Dates
Sarah Kwak
May 27, 2013
A brief history of hockey's high (and low) times in California
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May 27, 2013

Golden Dates

A brief history of hockey's high (and low) times in California

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1972

The World Hockey Association, in addition to poaching a raft of NHL stars, introduces its own California club, the Los Angeles Sharks. They last only two seasons.

1976

The Golden Seals relocate from Oakland to Cleveland and become the Barons, but the franchise continues to struggle and merges with the Minnesota North Stars two years later.

1980

Kings center Marcel Dionne wins the Art Ross Trophy with an NHL-best 137 points, becoming the first scoring champion to play for a team west of Chicago.

1982

Facing the heavily favored Oilers in Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs, Los Angeles erases a 5--0 deficit in the third period to win 6--5 in OT in what is known as the Miracle on Manchester. The Kings win the series in five games.

1988

A tearful Wayne Gretzky is traded in August from Edmonton, where he had won four Stanley Cups, to the Kings in the most momentous deal in NHL history.

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