The Individual Single Season Scoring Records of the Los Angeles Kings
The record books of the Los Angeles Kings were busily being re-written in the three years between 1988-89 and 1990-91. The main offensive categories of most single season goals, assists and points were set during this three year span and have since been just a distance fantasy of Los Angeles players.
Of course, the Los Angeles Kings received a gift in the form of the great Wayne Gretzky still in the prime of his National Hockey League career. Gretzky came to the Kings from the Edmonton Oilers for the start of the 1988-89 season and played for Los Angeles until the trade deadline of the 1995-96 season. Gretzky had a way of creating unsurpassable scoring records wherever he played.
In his first season with Los Angeles, 1988-89, Gretzky set the team single season individual mark for most points in a season with 168. A far cry from his NHL record 215 points set during the 1985-86 season with the Edmonton Oilers, but a formidable total nonetheless. Wayne would come close to matching the total during the 1990-91 season with the Kings but fell five points short at 163. In five of his seasons in Los Angeles, Gretzky surpassed the 120 point plateau.
The 1990-91 season did get Wayne Gretzky in the Kings record book but in another category. Wayne’s 122 assists that season still stand as a team record. In the current era that rarely sees more than one player surpass the 100 point plateau let alone 100 assists, Gretzky’s team record will likely stand for some time. In fact, since Gretzky contributed 130 points in 1993-94, Zigmund Palfy has had the highest single season total for the Kings with 89 in 2000-01.
The Los Angeles Kings have had their share of 50+ goal scorers since entering the NHL in 1967-68. Along with the aforementioned Wayne Gretzky, great names like Marcel Dionne, Charlie Simmer, Jimmy Carson and Luc Robitaille come to mind. However, it was Bernie Nicholls with 70 goals during the 1988-89 season that stands as the team record for most goals in a season. This was the only time Nicholls surpassed the 50 goal mark during his NHL career and served as the climax of his career as his numbers tailed off. Bernie’s highest season total for goals after the 1988-89 season was 27.
Los Angeles, like the rest of the cities in the National Hockey League, wonders if the good old days of bountiful offense will ever return to the league. For the foreseeable future, these three team scoring records are quite safe from being broken.