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Four In The Rafters

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

FOUR YOU

In a special pregame ceremony this coming Saturday night, the Kings will retire their sixth player number in franchise history, that of Hall-of-Fame defenseman Rob Blake. Blake, who now serves as the Kings’ Assistant General Manager, is a common, well recognized face involved in the club’s day-to-day operations.

Blake’s history with the Kings stretches back to 1988, when he was selected 70th overall in the fourth round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, QC. A tall, lanky, defenseman, Blake developed his physical prowess at Bowling Green State University, where he played three years of Division I NCAA hockey.

His debut with the Kings came in 1990, and he played his first full season during the 1990-’91 campaign. During his 20-year NHL career, Blake played 14 seasons as a King, from 1990-2001, and again from 2006-2008.

Blake was known for his thundering hip-checks, and his lethal shot from the point.

FOLLOW THE LEADER

Blake served as the Kings’ team captain for six seasons, once from 1996-2001, then again from 2007-2008. He captured the franchise’s first-ever Norris Trophy in 1998 after registering 50 points (23G, 27A). In his 14 total seasons in a Kings uniform, Blake played in the most games (805), scored the most goals (161), and recorded the most assists (333) out of any defenseman to ever play for the franchise. He totaled 494 points in a Kings uniform, and also has the most power play goals (92), game-winning goals (29), and shots recorded (2,468) of any defenseman to ever don a Kings uniform.

“It is an honor to be included with the former great LA King players who have their Jersey’s retired. I have always felt LA was a special place to play and it was and is a tremendous privilege to put on an LA Kings jersey.”

CEREMONY

Blake’s retired jersey will join the likes of Luc Robitaille, Wayne Gretzky, Dave Taylor, Marcel Dionne, and Rogie Vachon atop STAPLES Center’s rafters on Saturday night prior to the Kings’ game against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Kings are encouraging fans to be in their seats no later than 6:30PM. The on-ice ceremony – which will be hosted by Bob Miller and will feature close to 40 former Kings players – will also air LIVE in its entirety on FOX SPORTS WEST.


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