What were the Kings trying to capture with their Ryan Smyth mullet morning? Well, there’s this picture from 10 years ago…

Below are a couple videos from this morning’s festivities. Who came the closest, in Smyth’s view, to matching him? Anze Kopitar got a vote. “That’s pretty close. It’s getting there,” Smyth said. “Actually, when (equipment manager) Darren Granger had his on, he had a hat on and it was pretty close.”

Terry Murray didn’t participate in the wig-wearing, but he had his day… “I was saying that to Schenner [Brayden Schenn], when we were dropping pucks at the end of practice in the faceoff circle. `Now you know what guys had to deal with through the early 70s.”’

The quote of the morning came from Kevin Westgarth, often known for his flowing locks, who took a good look at his wig and said, “My hair is nicer than this. I think this needs some conditioner.”

Murray fully endorsed the idea of paying tribute to Smyth this morning…

MURRAY: “The best way to show respect for a teammate is to do exactly what they did. All of the presentations or talk, or a wristwatch or a piece of crystal, this is the best for sure. He had a lot of fun with it this morning. … This is a fun part of it, and it’s important to do this kind of stuff. The team-bonding part of the game is so important. We’ve got a young group of guys that are going through the process of seeing what a team is all about and how they get the job done on a day-to-day basis. You stay focused. This brings it together, to me, as a tighter group.”

Here are this morning’s two videos…

Mullet morning skate

Drew Doughty and Matt Greene, a stylish interview

In other great moments in hair history…

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

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Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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