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LA's pro hockey history goes back to the 1930s, long before Wayne Gretzky's arrival




The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks played outdoors in a sold-out game at Dodgers Stadium in January 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks played outdoors in a sold-out game at Dodgers Stadium in January 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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Today, the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs continue with the Los Angeles Kings losing to the San Jose Sharks last night 6-3, and the Anaheim Ducks play game 2 tonight hosting the Dallas Stars.

Hockey around these parts has arguably never been more popular or successful. Within the last 7 years both the Ducks and Kings have won a Stanley Cup, and back in January, the rivals sold out Dodger Stadium in the NHL's first outdoor game in Southern California.

If they can both get past the first round of the playoffs, the teams will meet in the postseason for the first time in history.

For some, pro hockey may seem like a recent thing for the L.A. area but the sport has been around since the 1930s. For more on the evolution of hockey in L.A., we're joined now by Bob Miller, Kings play by play announcer and a Hockey Hall of Famer.