The Los Angeles Kings, who reportedly paid as much as $20 million to acquire Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers, have raised ticket prices for next season.

Tickets in the loge sections that sold for $18.50 last year will cost $25. Bought as season tickets, they will sell for $22. Tickets in the collonade will sell for $16 and $10, an increase from last season of $3.50 and $2 per ticket.Kings owner Bruce McNall, though, does not expect the fans to complain.

"With Gretzky, people will understand," he said. "There's no way I'm getting even on the money I'm putting out. At least by increasing the ticket prices I can bring it closer into line, and I think I've given the fans a reason for increasing the prices."