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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings


The Kings certainly don’t believe that’s true.  In the final part of this three-part Royal Reign series, we take a close look at four players who proudly wore the Kings crown on their chest during their NHL playing days and now are excelling with second careers as Kings executives and broadcasters. 

We focus on Nelson Emerson, Daryl Evans, Joe Paterson and Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille in this edition of ‘Coming Home.’  Read two previous versions of COMING HOME now at



NHL and LA Kings Highlights: 

 Emerson, a right wing, played with the Kings from 2000-02 and recorded 31 points (17-14=31)   and 79 penalty minutes in 124 regular season NHL games.  He also played in 19 playoff games with the Kings and had five points (2-3=5) and six penalty minutes.


Originally selected by the Blues in the third-round (44th overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Emerson recorded 488 points (195-293=488) and 575 penalty minutes in 771 career regular season NHL games.  In 40 career NHL playoff games, he had 22 points (7-15=22) and 33 penalty minutes. 


Prior to turning pro, Emerson enjoyed four standout years at Bowling Green State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), where he was a two-time All-American, a three-time CCHA All-Star and he was the school’s all-time leading scorer with 294 points.

Current role with the Kings: 

Emerson is in his seventh season in the Player Development department with the Kings alongside

Mike O’Connell, Kim Dillabaugh and Glen Murray.  Prior to that, he spent two seasons as a Kings Assistant Coach. 


He was originally named to the club’s coaching staff on July 10, 2006 and before that Emerson worked as a Coaches Aide with the Kings for one season.



NHL and LA Kings Highlights: 

A member of the Kings as a player from 1981-85, Evans scored the franchise’s most memorable goal in a game forever remembered as the “Miracle on Manchester.”  Facing the heavily-favored Edmonton Oilers in the best-of-five first round of the 1982 playoffs, the Kings pulled off two huge upsets – one, in winning the series three games to two; and two, winning Game 3 of the series. 

Down 5-0 in the third period of that game on April 10, 1982, the Kings steadily chipped away at Edmonton’s lead and tied the game with five seconds left in regulation.  At 2:35 of the extra period, Evans, then a rookie, sent a shot over Grant Fuhr’s shoulder to seal an improbable end to an incredible game.  Evans went on to lead the Kings in playoff scoring with 13 points (5-8=13) in 1982.

Originally selected by the Kings in the ninth-round (178th overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, the left wing recorded 52 points (22-30=52) in 113 career NHL games with the Kings, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Current role with the Kings:

In his 16th season as the Kings Radio Color Commentator, Evans and veteran Play-by-Play Announcer Nick Nickson are heard on all club radio broadcasts on new flagship station KABC 790 AM and along the Kings Radio Network. 

Evans serves as a Power Skating Consultant for the Kings, having started those duties in 2007; he works as a TV Analyst (pre-game, post-game and intermissions) for Kings games on FOX Sports West; and he contributes to Kings Vision (



NHL and LA Kings Highlights: 

Paterson played with the Kings as a left winger for three seasons (1985-88) before being traded to the Rangers.

He played in 124 games with the Kings and scored 12 goals, had 22 assists and registered 34 points. As a King, Paterson played with players including Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Luc Robitaille, and in 1987 he played in two playoff games with the Kings before the team lost to the Edmonton Oilers (who went on to win the Stanley Cup that year) in the first round.

Current role with the Kings: 

Paterson recently made his return to the Kings organization. He is now working for the club as a Pro Scout under Rob Laird.

The club’s other pro scout is Alyn McCauley, another former Kings player.


NHL and LA Kings Highlights: 

Robitaille – a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame – is the highest scoring left wing in NHL history and the all-time Kings leader in goals scored. 

Robitaille, who had his popular No. 20 jersey retired by the Kings on January 20, 2007, is one of the greatest players in NHL history.  He played 19 seasons in the NHL – including 14 with the Kings – and in 1,431 career regular season games with the Kings, Detroit Red Wings (where he won a Stanley Cup in 2002), New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, had 1,394 points (668-726=1,394).  In 159 playoff games, he had 127 points (58-69=127). 

Current role with the Kings: 

He is in his eighth season as Kings President, Business Operations.

Since retiring as a player and assuming his current front office executive position, Robitaille has had a tremendous impact on the Kings Business Operations department, especially in the areas of sponsorship sales and renewal, fan and customer relations, game entertainment, media relations and broadcasting.  Since 2007-08, the Kings have increased their number of sellouts at STAPLES Center each full season.




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