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Los Angeles Kiss
33px Current season
Established 2013
Play in Honda Center
in Anaheim, California
Logo
League/conference affiliations

Arena Football League (2014–present)

  • National Conference (2014–present)
Team colorsBlack, Flame, Gold, White                    
Personnel
Owner(s)Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley
Doc McGhee
Brett Bouchy
PresidentSchuyler Hoversten
Head coachBob McMillen
Team history
  • Los Angeles Kiss (2014–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)
*Honda Center (2014–present)

The Los Angeles Kiss (stylized as LA KISS) are a professional arena football team based in Los Angeles, California. They are currently members of the West Division of the National Conference of the Arena Football League (AFL). The Kiss joined the AFL as an expansion team after Los Angeles' previous franchise (Los Angeles Avengers) did not return as a part of Arena Football 1. The team's ownership is a group of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, members of rock band Kiss, as well as their manager Doc McGhee. The team plays its home games at the Honda Center in nearby Anaheim, which they share with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League.

HistoryEdit

Southern California's prior AFL historyEdit

The Kiss is the third AFL team to represent Los Angeles, the fourth to represent Southern California, and the second to play at the Honda Center. Los Angeles' first AFL team was the Los Angeles Cobras, which called the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena home for the team's only season of 1988, in which they finished 5–6–1, making the playoffs but losing to the Chicago Bruisers in the first round. Eight years later, the Anaheim Piranhas moved from Las Vegas, beginning play for the 1996 season at the Honda Center (known as the Arrowhead Pond at the time). Their first season saw them finish 9–5 and make the playoffs (losing to the Tampa Bay Storm in the first round), but their second season saw them finish 2–12 and fold after year's end, most likely because of their owner, C. David Baker, being named the AFL's commissioner and wanting to focus on that.

However, perhaps Los Angeles' most notable foray into arena football was the Los Angeles Avengers, which called the Staples Center home during their nine-year run from 2000 until the league's suspension of operations in 2008. During that time, the team made five playoff appearances and won one division title (in 2005), though only winning one of those playoff games.

Kiss arrivesEdit

On August 15, 2013, it was announced that Kiss (who performed at halftime of ArenaBowl XXVI) had purchased a share of an AFL expansion team set to begin play in 2014. Kiss lead members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, their manager Doc McGhee, and league veteran Brett Bouchy jointly own the team. Both Simmons and Stanley are known fans of the AFL, and they look forward to bringing an experience like no other in the AFL in specific or sports in general.[1]

On September 10, 2013, the Kiss began assembling their first roster, trading their first pick in the dispersal draft of Chicago Rush and Utah Blaze players, to the Iowa Barnstormers in exchange for quarterback J. J. Raterink.[2] With their 2nd and 3rd picks, they drafted wide receiver Chase Deadder and linebacker Antwan Marsh. On September 17, 2013, they named Bob McMillen, the 2013 AFL Coach of the Year, the franchise's first head coach.[3] On September 18, the Kiss hired former Los Angeles Dodgers business executive Schuyler Hoversten as its inaugural president.[4]

The games are themed to echo a Kiss music concert: games open with an electric guitar rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner; there is "loud pyrotechnics and music" throughout the game; "the Kiss logo is plastered everywhere: on the arena football field, on the end zone and on the flame-emblazoned jerseys in the stands. ... [There is a] Kiss Girls dance-squad in black leather. ... Through the entire game, scantily clad women dance around poles in cages hanging over the end zones."[5] The team's artificial turf field is also colored in a unique silver color scheme.

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, AMC premiered 4th and Loud, a reality documentary series focusing on the team's inaugural season.[6]

Notable playersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Los Angeles Kiss rosterview · talk · edit
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

  • Currently vacant

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Kickers

Injured reserve

Refuse to report

Other League Exempt

League Suspension

Inactive reserve

Recallable reassignment

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated August 14, 2014
21 Active, 30 Inactive

More rosters

All-Arena playersEdit

The following KISS players have been named to All-Arena Teams:

Notable coachesEdit

Head coachesEdit

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Bob McMillen 2014–present 3 15 0 .167 0 0

StaffEdit

Los Angeles Kiss staff
Front Office  

Head Coach

Offensive Coaches

  • currently vacant

Defensive Coaches

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Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses
Los Angeles Kiss
2014 AFL National West 3rd 3 15
Total 3 15 (includes only regular season)
0 0 (includes only the postseason)
3 15 (includes both regular season and postseason)

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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