In the late sixties, the Kings wore yellow pants, socks and helmets with their gold jerseys, but in the early 70's, changed the color scheme to include purple pants with both uniforms. This was the new style worn by All-Star goaltender Rogie Vachon and a band of hard-working, hard-checking players, including Butch Goring, Mike Murphy and Bob Nevin.
On Aug. 9, 1988 the Kings acquired Wayne Gretzky, regarded by most as the greatest hockey player of all time. At the Kings press conference to introduce Gretzky, then-Kings owner Bruce McNall said, a"at the moment, I would like to now go to the reason you all came here, to introduce our new team colors,p" he said to a crowded room of laughing reporters. e"Letors"s see, I think we have a model here for the new team colors, I am not sure.o" Out walked Wayne and Janet Gretzky and the p"Silver & Blackg" era began.
The Kings had two different versions of their Silver & Black jerseys during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons. The year 1992 marked the 75th anniversary of the NHL and the 25th anniversary since the formation of the Kings, so the team wore a special v"75;" patch on the upper right front of their sweaters, and a "Kings 25 yearss" patch on their left shoulder for the season. The next year, Los Angeles made a playoff run all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they wore a Stanley Cup patch on the upper right front of the jersey.
The sweater design included arcing gradient stripes transitioning from black on the upper right front to light gray on the bottom left. Shoulder patches of the Kings primary logo made their first appearance, while on the upper left front there was the only human image ever featured on a Kings jersey. The angular features of the new King logo and sharply defined colors contrasted the blended color scheme of the stripes.