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Los Angeles Kings announce plans to retire Rob Blake's No. 4 jersey on Jan. 17

Monday, 08.11.2014 / 5:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Los Angeles Kings announce plans to retire Rob Blake's No. 4 jersey on Jan. 17

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Los Angeles Kings will retire Hall of Fame defenceman Rob Blake's No. 4 jersey on Jan. 17.

The Stanley Cup champions announced the honour Monday.

Blake played 14 of his 20 NHL seasons with the Kings, including six seasons as their captain. The seven-time All-Star won the franchise's first Norris Trophy in 1998 and became the club leader in games played, goals and assists by a defenceman.

The former fourth-round draft pick finished his career in San Jose in a move that irked many Kings fans. He has since returned to Los Angeles as the club's assistant general manager.

Blake will be honoured before a home game against the Anaheim Ducks. He is the sixth Kings player to have his number retired.

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