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 Calgary Flames day on TRH… Spike put together some clips from Game 1 of the 1993 Smythe Division Semi-Finals as the 3rd Place LA Kings took on the 2nd Place Calgary Flames. It’s something we like to call….

Even though it’s 20 years ago… the game of hockey hasn’t changed one bit!

vlcsnap-00043-impSorry, that should read “the city of Calgary hasn’t changed one bit.”

This was easily the most important hockey game that Al Michaels had ever been part of.

Darryl Sydor would score his 1st playoff goal on his 1st playoff shot…
and then get shot in the face in his 1st Stanley Cup Final game.

The Hong Kong Cup is my favorite indie-rock band.

Never trust a forward on defense.
And never, ever trust a Finn.

And to think that just yesterday,
Jimmy Carson was scoring playoff goals for the Edmonton Oilers.

“Charlie Huddy Puts It In.”

Boy… to score that goal Marty McSorley really had to curve it in there.
*Think about this joke 3 weeks later in 1993 during Game 2 of the Finals*


So awesome that PumperNicholl was at this game.

Chris Dahlquist scoring a goal is the funniest thing written in this blog post.

I wouldn’t say that Theo Fluery “boarded” anyone…
more like “kickplate’d” someone.

The most rare piece of footage in this blog post is
a playoff goal from Trent Yawney.

The only thing better planned than that goal
is Jimmy Carson’s tax return.

I love, love, love John Davidson explaining why this isn’t a penalty.

I haven’t seen a Stern go that crazy on a little guy since Eric the Midget.


With Wayne Gretzky injured in the 1st game of the NHL playoffs, after dealing with a serious back problem all season long… even 20 years ago ABC knew what the important story was.


The LA Kings would go on to win this 1st Round series 4-2 as they headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. The Calgary Flames would go on to make the playoffs 8 of the next 20 years.

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.