Being frustrated by where his team had a chance to play their home games, then-owner Jack Kent Cooke decided he was going to build his own arena for his new team, whom he named the Los Angeles Kings.

 

After beginning their existence between the Long Beach Arena and the Los Angeles Sports Arena, Cooke wanted a permanent home. He was initally trying to make the latter just that. Unfortunately for Cooke and the Kings, there had already been an agreement in place for the Los Angeles Blades of the Western Hockey League to play their home games there.

 

So, the new Great Western Forum was under construction and on December 30, 1967, officially opened its doors to the public as the Kings hosted the Philadelphia Flyers to christen their new home.

 

Although the Kings were shutout 2-0 in that game, the Great Western Forum played host to many highlights in Kings history from 'The Miracle on Manchester' to Wayne Gretzky's introduction to the Kings to many excited playoff moments from upsets of defending Cup champions Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames in back-to-back years.

 

The Los Angeles Kings would call the Great Western Forum home until 1999 when they moved into their next new home, the Staples Center.

 

December 30, 1967 stands as an important day in Kings history.