TheLAKnight

NHL What If... the LA Kings Stayed in Purple and Gold? (2002 - Present)

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What if certain teams/franchises in the NHL never rebranded or moved cities? Many other people have done their own renditions, so I figured I'd throw my hat in the ring too.

 

Starting off, what if the LA Kings never adopted the colors of their then neighbors the LA Raiders?

 

In 1988, at the introductory press conference for Wayne Gretzky no less, the Kings unveiled their brand new logo, jersey, and colors. If they hadn't changed the latter, what would the Great One's jersey have looked like?

 

Rather than just recolor the logo from that era, I took the logo used in promotional materials throughout the '80s and cleaned it up. The speed lines are gone for an overall cleaner look to the KINGS text. The striping pattern on the jersey mimics the outlines of the logo and fits with the aesthetics of the time

 

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Version 1 - Single outlined numbers

 

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Version 2 - Double outlined numbers

 

C&C is always appreciated. Tomorrow, the Kings introduce their first alternate jersey!

 

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5 minutes ago, Blindsay said:

I thought this what if was the kings modern logo in purple in gold......

I suspect @TheLAKnight is planning to carry this through all the way to the modern day, and the initial post was merely the first installment.

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I think this is a very believable alternative to the Gretzky black and silver, IF you kept the speed lines. The aesthetic of the day was still zany and whimsical, not soulless and corporate yet (cough cough late 90s/2000s).

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17 hours ago, appleclock said:

I think this is a very believable alternative to the Gretzky black and silver, IF you kept the speed lines. The aesthetic of the day was still zany and whimsical, not soulless and corporate yet (cough cough late 90s/2000s).

 

They don't look too bad, especially on the white jersey, but the outline on the purple jersey seems weird. Having the sides closed like the real black and silver version kept the outline from weighing down the left side.

 

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In 1996, the Kings introduced one the strangest jerseys of all time. It reintroduced purple and gold for the first time in 8 years in the logo and numbers. They wore the jersey with their regular home helmet, socks, and pants.

 

In this timeline, the Kings bring back a gold jersey, but add black to the color scheme. Like the Canucks, they wear solid colored socks and their road helmet. The King's crown is also the same color as the jersey as opposed to the metallic gold of the original.

 

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4 hours ago, Blindsay said:

How about you reverse the gradients on the alternate?

 

I actually went back and forth which way the gradient would go. 

 

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Moving on to the early 2000's, the Kings darken their colors and add black full time. The logos are basically recolors of their shield and crown as those wouldn't necessary change design just because they didn't switch to black and silver. 

 

To differentiate the originals from this set, the stripes on the arms move to the cuffs to match the hem. So as not to look like St. Louis, the gold stripe is much thicker.

 

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Tomorrow, a few subtle changes in 2002.

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Decided to post the rest of this new timeline starting with the same crest swap in 2002. The crown becomes the primary, the numbers on the purple jersey become white because there's just not enough contrast with the purple, and the socks swap for the two dark jerseys.

 

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With the switch to Reebok in 2007, the changes are similar to what happened in real life with the hem stripe going away, but the LOS ANGELES staying. The cuffs are curved similar to what happened to St. Louis.

 

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When the Kings introduce a new alternate jersey, they somewhat go back to their roots by dropping black and bringing back the striping pattern from the '90s. I wasn't sure which looked better so I'll leave it up to you. While this is certainly not the best logo they could have gone with (since it's basically just a recolor), coming up with a suitable replacement wasn't as easy as I'd hoped. I'm open to suggestions though! 

 

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Here's how those logos would look in what would be the Kings' Cup winning set...

 

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And after the Adidas takeover.

 

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On 4/4/2019 at 6:54 PM, Blindsay said:

How about you do what if the isles went back to teal?

 

That's a good idea. I'll start looking into how things might have shaken out.

 

On 4/4/2019 at 7:00 PM, ChiCity95 said:

Can you do a variant using the Kings' 1988 logo (the Chevy-looking one)?

 

I'm busy most of this week, but I'll have a few more alternate takes, so I'll that to the list.

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You could also do: What if the Northstars never left Minnesota?

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Be very interested in the Canucks' continued use of the original Stick in Rink C going into the 80's and onward.

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