Rogie Vachon has seen the L.A. Kings from every possible viewpoint.
The first player to ever have his number retired by the team, Vachon has served the Kings as a player, coach, General Manager and now as the team's Royal Ambassador.
It seems like just yesterday Vachon was a brick-wall clad in purple and gold, turning away shots from every angle. As the Kings goaltender from 1971-1978, Rogie put his permanent stamp on the heart of every Kings fan, becoming the franchise all-time leader in games played by a goalie (389), wins (171) and shutouts(32).
One of Vachon's greatest attributes as a player was his consistency. Only once during his seven seasons with the Kings did Rogie allow more than 3.2 goals per-game or record a sub-.500 record. In perhaps his best year (1974-75), Vachon was nearly unbeatable, going 27-14-13 with a 2.24 GAA and six shutouts. Aside from the statistics, Vachon was also named the Hockey News' NHL Player of the Year that season.
Following his playing days, Vachon moved from the ice to the bench, serving as a Kings assistant coach. On Jan. 30, 1984, Rogie was named the team's General Manager, a job he held for eight-plus seasons.
These days, Vachon still remains an integral part of the Kings organization serving as a Royal Ambassador under the Kings new management team. In this capacity, he represents the team at alumni events and charitable functions and also assists the Kings Player Development efforts by providing various counsel and guidance for the Kings young goaltending prospects.
Now is your chance to ask Rogie a question. E-mail him at email@example.com
. Vachon will answer your questions and lakings.com will post the answers next week.