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Kings try to get L.A. talking hockey on brink of Game 7 vs. Blackhawks
Kings try to get L.A. talking hockey on brink of Game 7 vs. Blackhawks

All the empty seats began to frustrate Jack Kent Cooke. The Canadian entrepreneur brought professional hockey to Los Angeles with an expansion team — the Kings — in the mid-1960s. At the very least, he expected to sell tickets to fellow Canadians who had relocated to the area. Paltry attendance at the Forum in those early years prompted Cooke to grumble that his countrymen had moved to the U.S. for a reason: "They don't like hockey." The sport from up north has traditionally taken a back seat to football, baseball and basketball in Southern California. But that could change in an otherwise dismal spring for local fans. The Kings have grabbed the spotlight...

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