5 random players you forgot were on the Los Angeles Kings

Cliff Ronning, Los Angeles Kings. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images/NHLI)
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Pter Klima. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /Allsport
Pter Klima. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /Allsport /

Los Angeles Kings: Petr Klima

Dealt from Detroit to Edmonton early in his fifth season, Klima soared to new statistical and emotional heights. He broke the 60-point plateau for the first time in the 1989-90 regular season, then scored an historic triple-overtime goal as part of the Oilers’ last of five Stanley Cup championships.

For his encore, Klima cultivated 40 goals and 68 points, both totals he would never match in any of his eight remaining seasons. For that, the winger landed sixth on his position’s 1991 postseason All-Star ballot.

And while the Oilers never returned to glory in his time, Klima kept helping them suppress the Kings in springtime. He chipped in a goal in a four-game sweep of the 1990 Smythe Division Final, then four points toward a six-game triumph in the 1991 rematch. Of particular note, he tuned the twine at 4:48 of the second overtime in Game 2, tying the series.

When the clubs met again in 1992’s opening round, Klima notched an assist in three consecutive contests, closing out a five-game Edmonton victory.

Yet after one more non-allergenic season with the Oilers, then three with the Lightning, Klima could not click for the Kings when they put him on their side.

Acquired from Tampa Bay on August 22, 1996, Klima lasted nine weeks and eight games in Los Angeles. After matching Broten’s Kings output in less time, he was sent to the Penguins in the final week of October.

Granted, Klima’s Pittsburgh tenure was not much longer. He logged nine games, a goal, and three assists there. But at least he found the net once for the Pens, which is more than the Kings could say of the man who beat their netminders four times in the playoffs alone.