LOS ANGELES – Former Los Angeles Kings captain/defenseman and current club executive Rob Blake will have his No. 4 jersey retired by the Kings as part of a special pregame ceremony at STAPLES Center on Saturday, January 17, prior to the Kings-Ducks game, the club announced today.
Blake – who is also being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November – will become the sixth Kings player to be so honored by the organization, joining Luc Robitaille (#20 / 2007), Wayne Gretzky (#99 / 2002), Dave Taylor (#18 / 1995), Marcel Dionne (#16 / 1990) and Rogie Vachon (#30 / 1985).
Blake’s white jersey from the “silver and black era” will hang from the STAPLES Center rafters.
“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,” said Blake.
Blake is the all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points by a Kings defenseman. He played 14 of his 20 NHL seasons with the Kings (1990-01 and 2006-08). He served as the Kings captain from 1996-01 and again from 2007-08 (six total seasons). He helped lead the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993; won the franchise’s first Norris Trophy in 1998; captured a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics; and made seven trips to the NHL All-Star Game, including four representing the Kings.
Blake was originally selected by the Kings in the fourth round (70th overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. A native of Simcoe, Ontario, Blake played college hockey at Bowling Green State University. He made his NHL debut with the Kings during the 1989-90 season, and his final game came in the 2010 postseason with the San Jose Sharks.
Blake’s NHL career included stints with the Sharks (2008-10) and the Colorado Avalanche (2001-06), where he won a Stanley Cup in 2001. He recorded 777 points (240-537=777) in 1,270 regular season games while in 146 playoff games, he registered 73 points (26-47=73).
Blake, currently serving as Vice President/Assistant General Manager for the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Kings, will join players Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano as part of the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame selection class with induction ceremonies set for November 17 in Toronto. Also selected as new members of the Hall of Fame were Pat Burns in the Builder Category; and Bill McCreary in the Referee and Linesman Category.
Below is a comprehensive look at Blake’s playing career.
KINGS REGULAR SEASON ACCOMPLISHMENTS
· 1st all-time among defensemen in games played (805), 4th overall
· 1st all-time among defensemen in goals (161), 13th overall
· 1st all-time among defensemen in assists (333), 8th overall
· 1st all-time among defensemen in points (494), 8th overall
· 1st all-time among defensemen in power play goals (92), 5th overall
· 1st all-time among defensemen in game-winning goals (29), 4th overall
· 1st all-time among defensemen in shots (2,468), 3rd overall
· 3rd all-time among defensemen in penalty minutes (1,231), 4th overall
· Led all defensemen in scoring six times (1992-93, 1993-94, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-00)
· Recorded 12 power-play goals in 1999-00, the most-ever scored in one season by a defenseman
· Recorded six game-winning goals in 1993-94, the most-ever scored in one season by a defenseman
· Attempted 327 shots on goal in 1999-00, the most-ever attempted in one season by a defenseman
· His 23 goals in 1997-98 rank 2nd all-time among defensemen
· His 68 points (20-48=68) in 1993-94 rank 3rd all-time among defensemen
· Scored a career-high five points (3-2=5) and notched his only career hat trick vs. the New York Rangers on December 14, 2000
· Served as the Kings captain from 1996-01 and again from 2007-08 (six seasons)
· Two-time winner of the Kings Most Valuable Player “Bill Libby Memorial Award” (1997-98 and 1999-00)
· Six-time winner of the Kings Outstanding Defenseman Award (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1997-98 and 1999-00)
· Winner of the Most Popular Player Award (1997-98)
· Winner of the Most Inspirational “Ace Bailey Memorial Award” (1997-98)
· Three-time winner of the Kings Community Service Award (1995-96, 1998-99 and 1900-00)
· Named to NHL All-Rookie Team in 1991
· Norris Trophy Winner in 1998
· Named to NHL First All-Star Team in 1998
· Named to NHL Second All-Star Team in 2000 and 2001 (2002 with Colorado)
· Four-time NHL All-Star with the Kings (seven total)
KINGS PLAYOFFS ACCOMPLISHMENTS
· 6th all-time in games played among defensemen (57)
· 4th all-time among defensemen in goals (8)
· T-4th all-time among defensemen in assists (16)
· 4th all-time among defensemen in points (24)
· 3rd all-time among defensemen in penalty minutes (98)
· T-3rd all-time among defensemen in power play goals (3)
· One of only two Kings defensemen to score a short-handed goal
· Member of the 1993 Kings team that reached the Stanley Cup Final
ADDITIONAL NHL REGULAR SEASON ACCOMPLISHMENTS
· 21st all-time among defensemen in games played (1,270)
· 11th all-time among defensemen in goals (240)
· 24th all-time among defensemen in assists (537)
· 19th all-time among defensemen in points (777)
· 3rd all-time among defensemen in power play goals (136)
· 6th all-time among defensemen in game-winning goals (41)
· 4th all-time among defensemen in shots (3,896)
ADDITIONAL NHL PLAYOFF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
· Stanley Cup Champion with Colorado in 2001
· T-13th all-time among defensemen in goals (26)
· 25th all-time among defensemen in points (73)
· Represented Canada at three Winter Olympic Games: 1998 (named top defenseman of tournament), 2002 (gold medal) and 2006
· Represented Canada at the World Championships five times: 1991 (silver medal), 1994 (gold medal), 1997 (gold medal, named best defensemen of tournament), 1998 and 1999
· Represented Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and 2004 (DNP due to injury)
Blake, as of January 17, will also officially become a member of the Kings Hall of Fame.
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