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KINGS TO OFFICIALLY RETIRE LUC ROBITAILLE'S NO. 20 JERSEY

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings will officially retire Luc Robitaille's jersey No. 20 in a special pre-game ceremony this Saturday, January 20, when the Kings host the Phoenix Coyotes at STAPLES Center. Robitaille will join Rogie Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Wayne Gretzky as the only Kings players to have their jersey retired.


The ceremony, which will be broadcast live on FSN West and KTLK AM 1150, will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Kings-Coyotes game is scheduled to begin at 8:08 p.m. Media availability with Robitaille will be in the visitor's NBA dressing room at first intermission.

As part of the evening's festivities, several of Robitaille's former teammates, coaches and members of the Kings alumni will take part in the ceremony, including: Bob Berry, Jimmy Carson, Mike Donnelly, Steve Duchesne, Daryl Evans, Stephane Fiset, Jim Fox, Garry Galley, Butch Goring, Wayne Gretzky, Bob Kudelski, Jari Kurri, Marty McSorley, Barry Melrose, Jay Miller, Bernie Nicholls, Larry Playfair, Larry Robinson, Rogie Vachon and Jay Wells. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is also scheduled to be on the ice during the pregame ceremony.

Robitaille is the highest scoring left wing in NHL history, the all-time Kings leader in goals scored (557) and a future member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He last year completed his 19th NHL season and his 14th with the Kings, officially retiring as a player following his last contest on April 17.

Robitaille was originally selected by the Kings in the ninth-round (171st overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. In 1,431 regular season games with the Kings, Detroit Red Wings (where he won a Stanley Cup in 2002), New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, Robitaille had 1,394 points (668-726=1,394) and 1,177 penalty minutes.

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