CALGARY, Canada Although Jerry Buss sold the Kings in the 1980s to focus on his ownership of the Lakers, the news of his death this week struck a chord in the hockey world.
Charlie Simmer, who was a member of the Kings famed Triple Crown line and is now an analyst on Calgary Flames TV broadcasts, said he was saddened to hear of Buss passing and offered his condolences to the Buss family. Simmer said he and Buss socialized quite a bit, and he had great respect for Buss business sense.
He was the first to admit that he didnt know much about hockey, but he was around a lot and really enjoyed it, Simmer said before the Kings went through an optional skate in advance of their game against the Flames on Wednesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
I think he was amazed at what hockey players did, and the sport. The big thing for him was basketball, but as a hockey owner he was great. They put in incentives for us there were a couple of trips to Hawaii that the team took. He definite...