1984–85 Los Angeles Kings season
The 1984-85 Los Angeles Kings season was the 18th in franchise history. Following a fifth-place finish the previous season under three different coaches, Pat Quinn was hired as the new head coach of the Kings. In his first season, he returned them to the playoffs after a two-year absence with a 23-point improvement in the standings. But despite the goal scoring brilliance of Marcel Dionne and Bernie Nicholls, the Kings could not duplicate their Miracle on Manchester performance this time, losing to the Edmonton Oilers in three straight games in the Smythe Division semi-finals.
|1984–85 Los Angeles Kings|
|General Manager||Rogie Vachon|
|Goals||Marcel Dionne and Bernie Nicholls (46)|
|Assists||Marcel Dionne (80)|
|Points||Marcel Dionne (126)|
|Penalties in minutes||Jay Wells (185)|
|Plus/minus||Dave Taylor (+13)|
|Wins||Bob Janecyk (22)|
|Goals against average||Bob Janecyk (3.66)|
- June 9, 1984 – Acquired Bob Janecyk, a first-round choice in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft (Craig Redmond), a third-round choice in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft (John English) and a fourth-round choice in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft (Tom Glavine) from Chicago for a first-round choice in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth-round choice in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.
- This draft would the first for Rogie Vachon as the team's general manager. It would be memorable in Kings history for hits as well as misses. On the down side, the team's first round selection, Craig Redmond, didn't amount to much, and they used their fourth round draft pick on Tom Glavine, who opted instead to play professional baseball with the Atlanta Braves. But on the plus side, Vachon struck gold in the 9th round with the 171st pick overall by choosing future Hockey Hall of Fame member Luc Robitaille.
|Los Angeles Kings||80||34||32||14||339||326||82|
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
Schedule and resultsEdit
|1984-85 Game Log|
1985 Smythe Division Semi-finalsEdit
Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings
|April 10||Los Angeles||2||Edmonton||3||(OT)|
|April 11||Los Angeles||2||Edmonton||4|
|April 13||Edmonton||4||Los Angeles||3||(OT)|
Edmonton wins best-of-five series 3-0.
- Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
- Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;
Awards and recordsEdit
- Most goals in a game, 4 (tied with many others): Bernie Nicholls, November 13, 1984, at Quebec
- Most 30+ goal scorers in one season, 5: Marcel Dionne, Bernie Nicholls, Dave Taylor, Brian MacLellan, and Jim Fox
- Most 40+ goal scorers in one season, 3 (tied with 1980-81 Kings): Marcel Dionne (46), Bernie Nicholls (46), and Dave Taylor (41)
- Greatest margin of victory at home: 11: November 29, 1984, vs. Vancouver, 12-1
- Greatest margin of victory on the road: 7: October 21, 1984, at Vancouver, 10-3
- October 24, 1984 – Acquired a first-round choice in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft (Dan Gratton) from Boston for Charlie Simmer.
- November 18, 1984 – Acquired Steve Shutt from Montreal for a 10th-round choice in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.
- March 12, 1985 – Acquired Dave "Tiger" Williams from Detroit for cash.
|Round #||Pick #||Player||Position||Nationality||College/junior/club team|
|1||6||Craig Redmond||Defence||Canada||University of Denver (WCHA)|
|2||24||Brian Wilks||Centre||Canada||Kitchener Rangers (OHL)|
|3||48||John English||Defence||Canada||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)|
|4||69||Tom Glavine||Centre||United States||Billerica High School (Massachusetts)|
|5||87||David Grannis||Left wing||United States||South St. Paul High School (Minnesota)|
|6||108||Greg Strome||Goaltender||Canada||University of North Dakota (WCHA)|
|7||129||Timothy Hanley||Centre||United States||Deerfield Academy (Massachusetts)|
|8||150||Shannon Deegan||Centre||Canada||University of Vermont (ECAC)|
|9||171||Luc Robitaille||Left wing||Canada||Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)|
|10||191||Jeff Crossman||Centre||Canada||Western Michigan University (CCHA)|
|11||212||Paul Kenny||Goaltender||Canada||Cornwall Royals (OHL)|
- Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225.
- "1984-85 Los Angeles Kings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-25.