GALLERY: Best of Kings, Ducks, Clippers & Angels in 2015
#8 in the rafters
No Anaheim Duck will ever wear the no. 8 again. Teemu Selanne finished his career as the team's all-time leader in goals and points, among a handful of other records, and brought the first Stanley Cup to Southern California in 2007. His jersey will forever preside over the Honda Center ice as the first retired by the Ducks. Photo: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
In an outfield that has Mike Trout, it's sometimes easy to go overlooked. LA Angels rightfielder Kole Calhoun made sure everyone took notice in 2015 with his stellar defense and highlight-reel catches earning his first Gold Glove award. Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The Great Outdoors
Outdoor hockey? In California? Oh, yeah. The LA Kings played in their second Stadium Series game and took it to NorCal with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks outdoors at Levi's Stadium. Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Down Goes the Champ
The San Antonio Spurs were the reigning champs and been to back-to-back finals when they matched up with the Clippers in the first round of the 2015 NBA playoffs. Blake Griffin and co. pushed and eventually eliminated the Spurs in a thrilling Game 7 at Staples Center. It was the first time the Clippers had defeated the previous year's champ in a playoff series.
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Kings Retire #4
A hard check and an even harder shot. Rob Blake will forever be one of the greatest defensemen in LA Kings history. Now an assistant GM with the team, the Kings honored Blake by retiring his iconic no. 4 in 2015. Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
It might be a Lakers' town but the Clippers own Kobe and co. as of late. On Christmas, the Clips pushed their win streak over the Lakers to eight games, claiming city bragging rights once again. Photo: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Moving On Up
Not one, not two... three. Albert Pujols passed Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt in career home runs by blasting three homers in a doubleheader with the Red Sox. Pujols ended the year by passing Manny Ramirez and is now 14th all-time in HRs.
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What. A. Series.
Comebacks, overtime winners and one of the greatest playoff battles in NHL history. The Ducks were on the wrong side of their series with the Chicago Blackhawks but everyone took notice of how well both teams played. Chicago would go on to win the Stanley Cup and many Hawks players would later say the Anaheim series was their toughest. Photo: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
The 2015 Christmas Day jerseys were straight fire for the Clippers. Enought said. Photo: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
It's been a great year for our SoCal teams. Lots of must-see moments and thrilling contests. The Kings are atop their division to finish 2015 and the Clippers and Ducks are coming on strong to end the year. Things are looking good for 2016 with more great moments and photos to come.