THE FORUM (THE GREAT WESTERN FORUM)
Dec. 30, 1967 - Sept. 20, 1999
The Kings called the Forum home from Dec. 30, 1967 to Sept. 20, 1999, before moving in to STAPLES Center. The Kings held their first game at the arena on Dec. 30, 1967, a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Kings last regular season game at the Forum was April 18, 1999, a 3-2 win over St. Louis. Los Angeles, however, would close out their 32-year stay at Forum on Sept. 20, 1999, with an 8-1 preseason game against the then-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
The Fabulous Forum, as it came to be known, was constructed by Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the Lakers and founding owner of the Kings, in 1967. The circular, $16 million structure seats 16,005 for hockey. In 1979, Cooke sold The Forum to Jerry Buss along with the Lakers and the Kings for a then-record $67.5 million. In 1988, Buss sold the arena’s naming rights to Great Western bank and the arena became known as the Great Western Forum.
All totaled, the Kings played in 1204 regular season games at the Forum, posting an all-time mark of 572-454-178 for 1,322 points, with their best home record coming in 1990-91, posting a 26-9-5 mark.
The Kings also played host to 69 Stanley Cup playoff games, posting a 32-37 mark in the post season; hosted two Stanley Cup Finals games, a 4-3 OT loss to the Montreal Canadiens on June 5, 1993 and a 3-2 OT loss to the Canadiens on June 7 as well as the 33rd NHL All-Star Game on Feb. 10, 1981, a 4-1 win for the Campbell Conference in which the entire Triple Crown line of Charlie Simmer, Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor were in the starting lineup.