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Fifty years ago Tuesday, the expansion Los Angeles Kings were born

Fifty years ago Tuesday, the expansion Los Angeles Kings were born

There was no shortage of applicants for an expansion franchise in Los Angeles when the insular, six-team NHL decided to double in size for the 1967-68 season. Five groups submitted bids, giving the league's Board of Governors many options when it met in February 1966.

Los Angeles Rams owner Dan Reeves was the favorite because he owned the minor league Western Hockey League Blades, who played at the Sports Arena. When he invested in the team, it was with a proviso that the Blades would receive "encouragement" from the NHL for future expansion.

Also bidding were: Metromedia, which owned radio and TV stations; TV producer Tony Owen; Ralph Wilson, owner of the American...

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