Los Angeles Blades Booster Club Button

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On April 23, 1961, the WHL approved the transfer of the Victoria Cougars to a Los Angeles-based ownership group headed by James Piggott and Los Angeles Rams owner Dan Reeves. The WHL also approved a conditional expansion franchise for San Francisco on the same day, creating an all-California rivalry that would begin in October 1961.

After finishing 25-39-6 in their inaugural season, the Blades improved to 35-32-3 in 1962-63, led by coach Jack Bownass and fleet left wing Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player. Los Angeles won its playoff opener over San Francisco, only to lose the next two games and the best-of-three series to the Seals.

The Blades’ breakout year came in 1963-64, when Alf Pike took over as coach. While Los Angeles finished at .500 (31-31-8), the Blades would make it all the way to the WHL finals, where the San Francisco Seals defeated Los Angeles in six games.

Pike’s biggest impact on the Blades came when he shifted O’Ree – who’d lost the vision in his right eye to a puck during his junior hockey days – from left wing to right. O’Ree went on to become one of the WHL’s most exciting players and prolific scorers, improving from 17 goals in 1963-64 to 38 in 1964-65 and scoring 30 or more goals in three consecutive seasons in Los Angeles. But the Blades were unable to match O’Ree’s artistry, failing to make the playoffs in their final three seasons in the WHL.

On Feb. 9, 1966, the National Hockey League – sensing a possible merger between the WHL and the American Hockey League – awarded expansion franchises to Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Francisco for the 1967-68 season. Jack Kent Cooke was awarded the Los Angeles franchise, which would be called the Kings; the Blades played their final game in April 1967.

The Blades name was revived twice – once for a short-lived franchise in the Pacific Hockey League from 1978–79 and again for a franchise in Roller Hockey International from 1993-97.

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LA Blades

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On April 23, 1961, the WHL approved the transfer of the Victoria Cougars to a Los Angeles-based ownership group headed by James Piggott and Los Angeles Rams owner Dan Reeves. The WHL also approved a conditional expansion franchise for San Francisco on the same day, creating an all-California rivalry that would begin in October 1961.

After finishing 25-39-6 in their inaugural season, the Blades improved to 35-32-3 in 1962-63, led by coach Jack Bownass and fleet left wing Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player. Los Angeles won its playoff opener over San Francisco, only to lose the next two games and the best-of-three series to the Seals.

The Blades’ breakout year came in 1963-64, when Alf Pike took over as coach. While Los Angeles finished at .500 (31-31-8), the Blades would make it all the way to the WHL finals, where the San Francisco Seals defeated Los Angeles in six games.

Pike’s biggest impact on the Blades came when he shifted O’Ree – who’d lost the vision in his right eye to a puck during his junior hockey days – from left wing to right. O’Ree went on to become one of the WHL’s most exciting players and prolific scorers, improving from 17 goals in 1963-64 to 38 in 1964-65 and scoring 30 or more goals in three consecutive seasons in Los Angeles. But the Blades were unable to match O’Ree’s artistry, failing to make the playoffs in their final three seasons in the WHL.

On Feb. 9, 1966, the National Hockey League – sensing a possible merger between the WHL and the American Hockey League – awarded expansion franchises to Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Francisco for the 1967-68 season. Jack Kent Cooke was awarded the Los Angeles franchise, which would be called the Kings; the Blades played their final game in April 1967.

The Blades name was revived twice – once for a short-lived franchise in the Pacific Hockey League from 1978–79 and again for a franchise in Roller Hockey International from 1993-97.

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