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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
brought to you by's Mike Kalinowski continued his "On The Spot With Seires" interviewing different Kings alumni each week.

This week's interview, Steve Duchesne.

 On The Spot with Steve Duchesne 

Position: Defenseman
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:

  • 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).
Other Noteworthy Accomplishments:
  • 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.
Interview Highlights:
  • 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.
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