Only the greats are immortalized.
For the Kings, they recognized a name this past season that has been a prominent part of the organization from the moment the club selected him 171st overall in the ninth round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.
The name is a household one – not only for Kings fans, but also for folks that behold any general knowledge of the NHL or the sport of hockey.
That name is the one of Luc Robitaille.
Robitaille spent 14 seasons in a Kings uniform, was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, and had his #20 retired by the Kings organization on January 20, 2007 – the fifth player in franchise history to have their jersey raised to STAPLES Center’s rafters.
Robitaille remains the NHL’s top scoring left-wing in league history, registering 1,394 points in his career in the form of 668 goals and 726 assists, and won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1987 – an award given annually to the top rookie in the league – in which he put up 84 points with 45 goals and 39 assists.
On March 7, 2015, prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins – who Robitaille played for during the 1994-'95 season, the Kings erected a statue of Robitaille outside of STAPLES Center at Star Plaza.
Fans packed in to see a star-studded cast that were present for the ceremony, including the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Jerry West, and Mario Lemieux.
Following a brief video presentation, including the best career highlights from Robitaille's 14 seasons with the Kings, and speeches from friends and family of Robitaille's in attendance, the statue was finally unveiled.
Robitaille’s statue was the seventh to be implanted at Star Plaza – joining the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Oscar De La Hoya, Chick Hearn, Jerry West, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
After the ceremony, Robitaille entered the building to drop the ceremonial first puck with Penguins’ Captain Sidney Crosby and Kings’ Captain Dustin Brown at center ice for the draw.
Robitaille currently holds the role of President of Business Operations and Alternate Governer of the Kings organization – titles he was appointed on May 25, 2007.