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Kings honour Nicholls on Saturday

Posted on 8th December 2011 by hockeymedia in Game Promotions,The Want List | Tags:

NHLThe first of three Kings Legends Nights will be celebrated this Saturday Dec. 10 before the Kings-Dallas Stars game. The Kings will honour Bernie Nicholls, the Kings leading goal-scorer in 1988-89.

“Our initial Legends Series last year was a tremendous success and we are very pleased to continue the tradition this year,” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille. “The opportunity to recognize and honor individuals who helped establish a foothold for our franchise during our 45 years in Los Angeles is something we and our fans take great pride in. These will be three very special nights.”

As part of the night’s festivities, the Kings will wear retro purple and gold Kings jerseys.

Later this season, the Kings will honour Daryl Evans on Jan. 2 and Charlie Simmer on Feb. 18.

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Nicholls established himself as a key offensive presence shortly after being selected in the fourth round (pick 73 overall) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Shortly after L.A. acquired Wayne Gretzky, Bernie broke out with a career-high 70 goals in the 1988-89 season. The 70 goals represent a record that still stands as a Kings season high. That same year, Nicholls added 80 assists to total 150 points. He is one of only eight players in NHL history to score 70 goals in a season, and one of just five to score 150 points.

Nicholls was way ahead of the curve in terms of goal celebrations. For those who think the Jersey Shore Fist Pump is cutting edge, you never saw the “Pumper Nicholl.”

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