This week's interview, Steve Duchesne.
On The Spot with Steve Duchesne
Born: June 30, 1965 (Sept-Iles, Quebec)
Acquired By Kings: Originally signed by the Kings as a free agent on Oct. 1, 1984. Later signed with the Kings as a free agent on July 2, 1998.
Years With The Kings: 1986-91, 1998-99
Career With The Kings:
Other Noteworthy Accomplishments:
- Recorded 315 points (99-216=315) in 442 career regular season games with the Kings.
- Named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team (along with Luc Robitaille and Jimmy Carson) following the 1986-87 season.
- Represented the Kings in the NHL All-Star Game in both 1989 and 1990.
- Holds the Kings record for most goals scored by a defenseman in one season (25 goals in 1988-89).
- His 99 career goals with the Kings rank second all-time among franchise blue-liners.
- He also ranks among the all-time best Kings defensemen in assists (216, third all-time), points (315, second all-time) and plus/minus (plus-49, third-all-time).
- Helped the Kings advance to the postseason in each of his first five seasons with the club.
- Totaled 39 points (13-26=39) in 43 career postseason games with the Kings.
- Shares the club record for most points by a defenseman in one playoff year (12 points; 4-8=12 during the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs) and holds the team record for most points by a defenseman in one playoff series (8 points; 2-6=8 vs. Calgary during the 1990 Stanley Cup Playoffs).
- Appeared 1,113 career NHL regular season games during his 16-year NHL career.
- Totaled 752 points (227-525=752) during his 16 seasons with the Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Quebec Nordiques, St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings.
- Won the Stanley Cup in 2002 with Detroit.
- Named to the NHL All-Star Game while with Quebec in 1993.
- Scored a career-high 82 points (20-62=82) in 82 games with Quebec in 1993.
- Officially announced his retirement from the game on Oct, 20, 2002.
- Has signed on with several other Kings Alumni to participate in the Kings Fantasy Camp, scheduled for Sept. 6-7 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.
- Says the Kings gave him a chance and really boosted his confidence by inviting him to Training Camp in 1984.
- Says he bonded quickly with both Marcel Dionne and Luc Robitaille during his first season with the Kings in 1986-87.
- Had an English tutor during his one season in New Haven of the American Hockey League (1985-86).
- Credits former Kings Head Coach Pat Quinn for taking a chance on him that first season with the Kings (1986-87).
- Talks about where he was when he first heard that Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Kings prior to the start of the 1988-89 season and how things changed for the players with Gretzky as a teammate.
- Talks about winning the Stanley Cup with his close friend, Luc Robitaille, in 2002 with Detroit.
- Talks about his maturation as a player over the years as he went from being a pure scorer to a more defensive defenseman.
- Watched the Kings play Montreal in the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals as a fan at the Forum after being traded from LA to Philadelphia two seasons prior.
- Talks about what it took to when the Stanley Cup in 2002 after Detroit lost its first two playoff games against Vancouver in a first round playoff series that year.