In January 2014, the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, will be hosting a Kings night. While playing that night, the Monarchs will be sporting a former Kings jersey in which fans had a chance to vote on.
Of the three jerseys that were up for voting was Los Angeles’s alternate jerseys (purple with the coat of arms logo) the team wore from 2002-03 to 2006-07. The second was the Forum gold uniform the team wore from 1972 to 1980 and third was all-too-hideous but unforgettable “Burger King” alternate jersey the Kings sported during the 1995-96 season.
After 11,000 fans voted, the decision was made: the “Burger King” jersey won with a decisive 75 per cent.
Like that of the old Vancouver Canucks’ “Flying V” jersey to the ghastly combination of blue, yellow and red of the since-relocated Colorado Rockies' uniforms, Los Angeles’s Burger King jersey was so ugly that the most die-hard of Kings fans just had to have them – and who can blame them? I, for one, am still looking for the jersey to purchase as I loved the purple bubble font used on the jersey with the gold outline. Hey, the jersey was a lot better than the Anaheim Mighty Ducks’ ridiculous-looking alternate (which debuted the same night as the Burger King one) that resembled something straight from the little boys department at Sears.
Call them ugly all you want but if I were a Canucks fan – and thank goodness I’m not – and I’d have a chance to vote for either them or their farm team to wear the Flying V, I would strike when the iron’s hit and strike a bit more for good measure. The same goes for this instance.
I don’t care how ugly or unpopular the jerseys were or that they were, prophetically enough, used during the end of the Gretzky-era in Los Angeles and furthermore one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the final vote speaks for itself: Kings and Monarchs fans want the Burger King jersey and in January, that is exactly what they are going to get.
While I can’t speak for everyone, I can speak for a handful of fans when I say that I love those hideous-looking jerseys as I only wished the Los Angeles Kings would use them as their regular alternates.
I would take it upon myself to start a petition but I don’t think I want to push my luck just yet.