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Kings to host Legends Night with Jimmy Carson on Monday

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Former Los Angeles Kings forward Jimmy Carson will be honored at STAPLES Center on the night of March 7 as the club concludes this year’s popular Legends Night Series presented by McDonald’s.

The Kings will also wear their Vintage Jerseys as part of this special evening, marking the last time the Kings will wear these sweaters at STAPLES Center during the 2015-16 season.

Carson, one of the game’s first U.S. born stars, will receive his recognition as part of the Kings-Vancouver contest.

He was a part of the Kings team from 1986-88 and again from 1992-94 and he too was a part of the Kings team that made the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 1993.

With the Kings his individual highlights include winning the club’s Most Popular Player award in 1986-87, and in 1987-88 Carson was named the club’s Most Valuable Player.

At the end of his rookie season, he was named an NHL All-Rookie Selection along with teammates Luc Robitaille and Steve Duchesne, and he was a Calder Trophy finalist (he was third in final voting; Robitaille won the award).

Carson -- in terms of statistics and rankings – scored 37 goals as a rookie in 1986-87 (fifth most ever scored a Kings rookie).

In his second season he scored 55 goals making him one of six Kings players to score that many in a single campaign; his 55 goals were the third most in the NHL that season; his 107 points were eighth overall; he had seven game-winning goals (sixth most in the league); and he led the NHL with five hat tricks (a Kings record).

Overall he ranks seventh all-time in Kings history in goals scored by a center, and in 1992-93 he set an NHL record in 1992-93 by playing in 86 regular season games (due to trade).

Carson in August of 1988 was one of the principle players who went from the Kings to Edmonton as part of the Wayne Gretzky mega-trade.

Among hockey players born in the U.S., Carson was the first to get 20-plus goals in each of his first six (and then seven) seasons in the league; was only the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season before turning 20 years old (Gretzky was the first); and he was the first player in NHL history to collect 50 goals and 50 assists in one season.

Fans are encouraged to arrive to their seats early.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on CH. 13 before the game.

All fans in attendance will receive a “commemorative Jimmy Carson pin” presented by FOX Sports West.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

For Kings ticket information, call 1-888-KINGS-LA and visit

Earlier this season the Kings honored Mike Donnelly and Nick Nickson.  As part of this series the Kings to date have recognized Rogie Vachon, Bob Berry, Bob Pulford, Bernie Nicholls, Daryl Evans, Charlie Simmer, Kelly Hrudey, Ian Laperriere, Jay Wells, Jim Fox, Larry Murphy, Barry Melrose, Tony Granato and Luc Robitaille.

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