Video board at Staples Center from the Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Islanders game, December 7, 2013. Photo by Doug Kerr(https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/11347591646/)/CC-BY-SA(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/), via Flickr.
Video board at Staples Center from the Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Islanders game, December 7, 2013. Photo by Doug Kerr(https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/11347591646/)/CC-BY-SA(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/), via Flickr.

The Los Angeles Kings will honor former coach Barry Melrose before Thursday night’s game against the Calgary Flames at Staples Center as they begin their Legends Night Series for the 2014-15 season.

Fans will receive a poster featuring Melrose, who will sign autographs after the game.

The Kings will wear their vintage purple jerseys with a crown on the front.

Melrose became the Kings coach in the 1992-93 season, guiding them to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final that season. The Kings missed the playoffs the following season and he was fired 41 games into the lockout- shortened 1994-95 season.

Melrose is now an NHL studio analyst and college hockey analyst for ESPN.

The Kings will conduct two other Legends Nights this season.

They will honor Tony Granato, who played left wing for the team from 1990-96, at the Feb. 24 game against the Detroit Red Wings, and Hockey Hall of Fame member Luc Robitaille at the March 7 game against Pittsburgh. A statue of Robitaille will be unveiled in Star Plaza outside Staples Center before that game.

—City News Service

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