Kings honour Evans in Legends Series

Posted on 31st December 2011 by hockeymedia in Game Promotions,The Want List | Tags:

NHLThe Los Angeles Kings continue the 2011-12 Kings Legends Nights series on Jan. 2 with a special tribute to Daryl Evans. The former left winger is famously known as the overtime hero of the “Miracle on Manchester”, an improbable come-from-behind-victory over the favoured Smythe Division rivals Edmonton Oilers.

As part of the Kings Legends Series tribute, Evans will be recognized in a special presentation at the Staples Center before the Kings-Avalanche game. The Kings will also wear their vintage purple-and-gold jerseys for the NHL game.

Earlier this season, the Kings honoured Bernie Nicholls on Dec. 10. Later this season, the Kings will honour Charlie Simmer on Feb. 18.

A member of the Kings as a player from 1981-85, Evans scored the franchise’s most memorable goal in a game forever remembered as the “Miracle on Manchester.” Facing the heavily-favored Edmonton Oilers in the best-of-five first round of the 1982 playoffs, the Kings pulled off two huge upsets – one, in winning the series; and two, winning Game 3 of the series in dramatic fashion.

Down 5-0 in the third period of that game on April 10, 1982, the Kings steadily chipped away at Edmonton’s lead and tied the game with five seconds left in regulation. At 2:35 of the extra period, Evans, then a rookie, sent a shot over Grant Fuhr’s shoulder to seal an improbable end to an incredible game. Evans went on to lead the Kings in playoff scoring with 13 points (5-8=13) in 1982 and he still holds or shares team playoff records for most points scored by a rookie in a playoff year (5-8=13) and playoff series (5-5=10 vs. EDM in 1982).

Now in his 13th season as the Kings radio commentator, Evans and veteran play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson can be heard on all club radio broadcasts on flagship station KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network. Both also host the very popular “Kings Talk” post-game show on the radio after every Kings home game at The Mixing Room at the JW Marriott LA Live.

Evans regularly donates his time and energy to the King Care Foundation and the Kings Fan Development department, and over the past five seasons, the tireless Evans has spearheaded a charitable giving program in which he donates $100 for every Kings power play goal scored in both the regular season and the playoffs. The proceeds the first three years went to the Ronald McDonald’s House of Southern California while the proceeds from the past two seasons went to the American Heart Association. Additionally, Evans is an active member of the Kings Alumni Association presented by Toyota and he continues to serve as a power skating consultant for the Kings, having started those duties in 2007.

Originally selected by the Kings in the ninth-round (178th overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, the left wing recorded 52 points (22-30=52) in 113 career NHL games with the Kings, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. Also, in 11 career playoff games, Evans, 49 (1/12/61), registered 13 points (all of those 13 points came with the Kings during the 1982 playoffs).

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