The Los Angeles Kings are a National Hockey League team based in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Western Hockey League had several teams in California, and minor pro hockey found success there in the early 1960s. There was also a sizeable colony of Canadian expatriates. However, the lack of a suitable arena in the area was the primary factor in the National Hockey League's decision before the Sixties to not expand to Los Angeles, even though it was the third-largest city in the United States. The only major arena in the area, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, was certainly large enough to accommodate an NHL team, but its sight lines were inadequate.