Luc Robitaille

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Luc Jean-Marie Robitaille is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive and former player. He currently serves as president of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.

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Luc Jean-Marie Robitaille[1][2] (born February 17, 1966) is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive and former player. He currently serves as president of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

During his 19-season National Hockey League (NHL) career, Robitaille won the Stanley Cup in 2001–02 with the Detroit Red Wings, and played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, but is most known for his fourteen seasons, over three different stints, with the Kings.[3] He served as Kings team captain during the 1992–93 season (while Wayne Gretzky was injured) and for the final two games of the 2005–06 season. Robitaille retired after the 2005–06 season as the highest-scoring left winger in NHL history and the holder of several Kings franchise records,[4] along with numerous Kings playoff records.[5] In 2017 Robitaille was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players‘ in history.[6]

Legacy

At the end of his career, Robitaille had made eight All-Star teams,[citation needed] set the NHL record for goals by a left winger (with 668) and points (with 1394),[citation needed] as well the Kings’ franchise record for goals, with 577,[24] finished second to Dave Taylor in games played,[24] fourth (behind Marcel DionneWayne Gretzky, and Taylor) in assists with 726,[24] second behind John Bucyk’s NHL record for assists by a LW (813),[citation needed] and second to Dionne in points, with 1,154.[24] Robitaille also became the second player in NHL history to record 1,000 points after being drafted as low as the ninth round.[citation needed]

The Kings honored his playing career by retiring his number during a pre-game ceremony on January 20, 2007. Robitaille’s number 20 hangs in the rafters of Staples Center alongside Rogatien Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Wayne Gretzky and Rob Blake.[citation needed]

On June 23, 2009, it was announced that he would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was honoured during the November 6–9 induction weekend alongside his former Red Wing teammates Steve Yzerman and Brett Hull, and his former Ranger teammate Brian Leetch.[25]

He has won three Stanley Cup Championships, in 2002 as the member of the Detroit Red Wings, and in 2012 and 2014 as President of Operations with the Los Angeles Kings.[citation needed]

On March 7, 2015, the Kings organization unveiled a bronze statue of Robitaille outside of the Staples Center honoring his accomplishments as an NHL player and a member of the Kings. The statue is located near the main entrance to the arena, next to the statue honoring former King and teammate Wayne Gretzky.[citation needed]

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