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Emerson celebrates Kings' development success

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 9:49 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

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Emerson celebrates Kings' development success

Nelson Emerson celebrated with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Waterford, Ontario, on Tuesday, having watched his hard work pay off with a second championship in three seasons.

Emerson has been part of the Los Angeles Kings player development department for six seasons, helping select and nurture many of the young players who have contributed to the success.

"I get to follow [them] from 18 when they're drafted and watch them grow, to watch them follow their dream and get the Cup," the 46-year-old told the Simcoe Reformer. "You feel part of it."

Emerson played 12 seasons in the NHL and was an assistant coach for the Kings.

The highlight was an aerial photo taken of about 750 fans in an image of the trophy.

Assistant general manager Rob Blake attended the event Tuesday.

"Our development staff is second to none in the League," said Blake, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.

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I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.

— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday