It’s Pacific Division Season Preview Week-O-Rama here at The Royal Half… and everyone is getting in on the action! So for our resident LA Kings Video HistorianSpike Coffman… putting together a Season Preview means taking a look back at some awesome vintage video. So to celebrate Edmonton Oilers day on TRH… Spike put together some clips from the 1989 Smythe Division Semi-Finals as the now Wayne Gretzky-led Los Angeles Kings were down 2-1 to the formerly Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers. It’s something we like to call….

The most retro thing in this video is Bob Miller’s combover.

Bombs Away-imp

I just want to make sure you all saw this and realize it was featured on a
locally televised broadcast of a sporting event.

Of course a playoff game between two of the highest-powered NHL offenses
starts with a Charlie Huddy goal.

How about that backcheck from Wayne Gretzky at 34 seconds, huh?

Please everyone read Sean Pronger’s book, Journeyman.
If only for the part about Steve Duchesne.

You know this is rare video when Jimmy Carson scores an important goal.


At the end of the 1st Period, it was 2-1 Edmonton.
And then Prime Ticket stopped the broadcast for a special airing of The Greatest American Hero.



It’s time for the 2nd Period in Edmonton… and a TRH Favorite kicks off the scoring…

Bruce McNall’s wife is the most late 1980s thing ever.

You can actually have Tom Laidlaw come to your house and score this goal again.

Norm Lacombe scoring a goal is by far the funniest thing in this blog post.

Ugh… the 1 time Steve Smith scores on a net beside his own.

Man, the LA Kings are down 3-1 to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers. I DON’T WANT TO WATCH ANYMORE OF THIS PLAYOFF SERIES!!!

Whatever you say, Kelly.

The LA Kings would come back from a 3-1 deficit and win this series in 7 games. They would however be swept in the next round by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Calgary Flames. But Wayne Gretzky was able to knock his former team out of the playoffs… so at least we didn’t have to see a legend do anything embarrassing in the 1st Round of the 1989 NHL Playoffs.


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.