Marcel Dionne to join team for opening night.Hall of Fame center and former Kings legend Marcel Dionne will join Rogie Vachon, Marty McSorley and Adam Deadmarsh as the popular Kings alumni members help usher in the franchise’s fifth decade on Saturday, October 6, as part of Opening Night festivities at STAPLES Center, Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille announced today.
The Kings this year begin their 40th on-ice season, and Vachon (first decade, 1967-77), Dionne (second decade, 1977-87), McSorley (third decade, 1987-97) and Deadmarsh (fourth decade, 1997-2007) are scheduled to participate in a special pre-game ceremony as part of “Legends Night” prior to the Kings-St. Louis Blues game, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
“I am excited to see Luc again and so many friends that are part of the Kings organization,” said Dionne. “I am blessed that I have been in touch with a lot of my past teammates that have contributed to my success. I am, in the eyes of the hockey world, a King and will always be remembered as being a part of the ‘Triple Crown Line.’”
Said Robitaille: “Marcel, Rogie, Marty and Adam are among the most popular players in our club’s history. I played with both Adam and Marty, Rogie has been an institution with the Kings since 1971 and Marcel, another former teammate and mentor of mine, took me into his house when I first started to play for the Kings in 1986. I know all of our fans will be very excited as well to see them together and it is a great way to help kick-off our Opening Night in Los Angeles.”
The alumni members are also scheduled to take part in a special ‘Legends’ autograph session for group ticket buyers for Opening Night before the game. For more information on the autograph session and for all Kings ticket information, call 1-888-KINGS-LA.
KHTS AM-1220 will also be back. KHTS is a Kings affiliate and will be broadcasting Kings games all season long.
Vachon played in goal for the Kings from 1971-78. He is the club’s all-time leader in games played among goalies (389), wins (171) and shutouts (32). During the 1974-75 season, Vachon was named the NHL Player of the Year by The Hockey News and Vachon was also the first King to have sweater retired. He currently works for the team as a Royal Ambassador.
Dionne played for the Kings from 1975-87. He is the club’s all-time leader in points (1,307) and assists (757), and he was also the first Kings player to score 50-plus goals and record 100-plus points. Dionne, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992, was a famed member of the Kings’ Triple Crown Line, centering a line with Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
McSorley played for the Kings from 1988-93 and again from 1993-96. He is the franchise leader in penalty minutes (1,846) and he also was a member of the Kings squad that reached the NHL Stanley Cup Finals in 1993. He first joined the Kings as part of the historic Kings-Edmonton trade in 1988 that featured Wayne Gretzky coming to Los Angeles.
Deadmarsh was a member of the Kings from 2001-04. He also scored one of the franchise’s most memorable goals on April 23, 2001, when his game-winning goal against Detroit in double-overtime helped propel the Kings to a first-round upset against the Red Wings.
The Kings’ 2007-08 regular season opener is in London, England, on Saturday, September 29, at 9 a.m. (PT) against Anaheim. The game will be broadcast on AM 1220 KHTS.
The Kings’ regular season home opener at STAPLES Center is on Saturday, October 6, at
7:30 p.m. versus St. Louis.