Wayne Gretzky provided a big boost to hockey in Los Angeles in eight seasons with the Kings. He did the same during his stint as owner and later coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
There won't be a lot of carry-over affection once the Great One's former teams meet in the Western Conference finals.
The Kings and Coyotes, Pacific Division rivals, don't like each other much and played six games during the regular season that featured nearly as many fights as goals.
The testiness is expected to ratchet up in the conference finals with the teams meeting in the playoffs for the first time and a trip to the Stanley Cup finals on the line.
Game 1 is Sunday night in the desert.