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Kings have new alternate jersey, but remember this one?

October 22, 2008 |  3:55 pm

Craig Johnson, left, and Patrice Tardif are seen being introduced by then-Kings coach Larry Robinson in 1996. 

Remember these bad boys?

No, I'm not talking about Craig Johnson, left, and Patrice Tardif, center. I'm talking about the hideous alternate jerseys that marked the Kings' first foray into the NHL's post-lockout (1994-95 version) marketing strategy. It featured a cartoon king on the front.

The Kings today unveiled plans for a new alternate jersey, which Chris Foster wrote about this morning. But during the 1995-96 season, the new alternate jersey was of the cartoon variety -- one that never really caught on with the fans. In fact, for most Kings fans, they just bring back bad memories: Wayne Gretzky leaving town, a 24-40-18 season and Fox glow pucks.

The cartoon King arguably was the worst alternate jersey ever worn in the NHL (although the Predators' third jersey was pretty bad too). I just hope the Kings' latest version turns out a little better.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Craig Johnson, left, and Patrice Tardif when they were introduced by then-Kings coach Larry Robinson in  February 1996. The players, both of whom are wearing the cartoon alternate jersey, were part of the trade that sent Wayne Gretzky to St. Louis. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

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