A few days ago, the hockey world was shocked as there was a huge announcement involving a well-known alumnus of the Los Angeles Kings…


It wasn’t Tom Kostopoulos’ return to the Penguins AHL team that had the whole hockey world shocked… no, instead it was a different former LA King who had engaged in some surprising activity.

Garon backGaron’s Back!!!

That’s right… former LA Kings goaltender from 2005 to 2007, Mathieu Garon, has been invited to training camp next week. Garon’s 31 win season in 2005-06, a season in which the LA Kings finished 10th in the Western Conference, still remains the 6th best in terms of wins by a LA Kings goaltender…

30 Win Goalies

…which should just really tell you how awful LA Kings goaltending has been over the past 46 years.

So this week, Spike Coffman, The Royal Half’s LA Kings Video Historian takes us on a trip back to February 12th, 2006… with the LA Kings at 31-23-5 and in possession of the 7th Seed in the Western Conference, 4 points ahead of 9th place Anaheim.


Within 6 weeks the LA Kings would fire Head Coach Andy Murray (thus beginning the Torchetti Era) and finish the season 6 points behind 8th Seed… EDMONTON?!? Man, this must be some vintage video!

Let’s head to Staples Center for the LA Kings last game before the 2006 Olympic Break, where Fox Sports West showed restriant by not saying “King of Kings” 1000 times.

The cruise to the Greek Islands was courtesy the Kostopoulos family.

And what better way to honor Luc Robitaille
than to have Mathias Tjarnqvist open the scoring!

Pavol Demitra would suffer an eye injury at the 2006 Olympics
and then only play 8 more games for the LA Kings after this goal.

This may be the rarest piece of video that Spike has found…
a LA Kings goal by Jeremy Roenick.

Actually, the rarest piece of video that Spike has found is Roenick being slightly humble.

So the LA Kings head into the 2nd Period with a 2-1 lead against the Pacific Division leader… and then Mathieu Garon promptly gives up 4 goals in a row:

Guerin on Garon crime.

FYI, Jason Arnott was already old in 2006.

You know this is old video when George Parros has a scrubstache.

When’s the last time you heard “Brenden Morrow was a factor.”
Certainly not during last years playoffs.

The only thing uglier than that shot by Steve Ott
is Steve Ott in a Buffalo Sabres jersey.

After giving up 4 goals in the 2nd period, Fox Sports West continued to torment LA Kings fans…

…by reminding them there was a time where Kings fans
didn’t have to watch this awful team on TV.

It’s time for the 3rd Period where I’m totally sure the Kings will continue to collapse and Mathieu Garon will give up even more goaWHAAAAAAA?!?

The LA Kings came from 4 goals down to beat the Dallas Stars… and this wasn’t even the best time they’ve done that before.

And what Dallas-LA game would be complete without Dustin Brown pissing off Stars’ fans everywhere…

On February 12th, 2006, the LA Kings came back to beat the Dallas Stars 6-5 and then quickly descended into a shame spiral of trading for Mark Parrish and Brent Sopel and replacing Andy Murray with John Torchetti. Mathieu Garon played one more season for the LA Kings and then left for Edmonton followed by stops in Pittsburgh, Columbus, Tampa Bay and now… LA Kings Training Camp. Where his quest to stay in the NHL will be crushed by this guy:

BenScrivens-POTW“You’re mine, Garon.”

The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.