On the Spot With Rogie Vachon
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Sept. 8, 1945 (Palmarolle, Quebec) Acquired By The Kings:
From Montreal for Denis Dejordy, Dale Hoganson, Noel Price and Doug Robinson on Nov. 4, 1971. Years With The Kings:
1971-78 Career With The Kings:
•A member of the Kings Hall of Fame and the first Kings player to ever have his jersey retired. His No. 30 jersey has been retired since 1985.
•He’s the Kings all-time leader for games played (389), wins (171) and shutouts (32) by a goaltender.
•He was named The Hockey News
NHL Player of the Year after posting a record of 27-14-13 (including six shutouts) and a 2.24 goals-against-average in 1974-75.
•He was named the Kings MVP in three straight season from 1972-73 to 1974-75.
•He was also named the Kings Most Popular Player in 1976-77.
•He represented the Kings at three NHL All-Star Games (1973, 1975, 1978).
•Was named a 2nd Team NHL All-Star as a King in 1974-75 and 1976-77.
•Returned to the Kings as an assistant coach after his playing career ended following the 1981-82 season.
•A year later he was named General Manager of the Kings, a post he held for eight-plus seasons (Jan. 30, 1984 through June 25, 1992).
•Served as an interim head coach of the Kings on three different occasions. Other Noteworthy Accomplishments:
•Recorded 355 wins in 795 career NHL games with the Kings, Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins.
•He had a career 2.99 goals-against-average and his teams advanced to the post-season 10 times during his 16-year NHL career.
•He was named MVP of Team Canada at the 1976 Canada Cup after allowing only 10 goals in seven games (1.44 GAA).
•His first NHL game was Feb.18, 1967 vs. Detroit.
•He led the NHL in playoff wins (6) and playoff GAA (2.38) in 1966-67.
•He won the Stanley Cup in 1967, 1968, 1971 (Ken Dryden played all of the playoff games in 1971) as a member of the Canadiens.
•He shared the Vezina Trophy with Gump Worsley in 1967-68. What He’s Doing Now:
•Still active with the Kings as a Royal Ambassador who makes a number of appearances each season to help spread the word about the Kings and the game of hockey.
•He’s also still active in the community as he serves as a co-chair of the Paralysis Project of America. Interview Highlights:
•He asked to be traded from Montreal after the 1970-71 season and he got his wish when Larry Regan, the first General Manager of the Kings, traded for him early in the 1971-72 season.
•He missed a big part of the 1971-72 season with a knee injury.
•He really got up for games against the Canadiens, who happened to be in the same division as the Kings in the late 1960’s and early to mid 1970’s.
•He ranks the moment his jersey was retired ahead of winning the Canada Cup once and the Stanley Cup three times.
•He says being a GM is a thankless job. If the team is winning, the credit goes to the players and to the head coach. If the team is going bad, it’s the GM’s fault.
•He says Dr. Jerry Buss, who owned the Kings in the 1984, fired both Head Coach Don Perry and General Manager George Maguire at the same time, and that opened the door for him to move from an assistant coach to GM. He says he was offered the job after a good meeting in Palm Springs.
•Says his biggest move as a GM was pulling off the Wayne Gretzky trade on Aug. 9, 1988.