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Q-and-A with Luc Robitaille

by Jeff Moeller / Los Angeles Kings
Luc Robitaille checks in from Vancouver.

Luc Robitaille is in the Hockey Hall of Fame, he is the greatest scoring left wing in NHL history and he won a Stanley Cup. In fact, about the only thing missing from his resume is the title "Olympian." Now the Kings’ President of Business Operations, Robitaille is in Canada now and spent a few minutes by phone from Vancouver with on Thursday answering the following questions: Why are you in Vancouver?

Robitaille: I am here for a number of reasons. I have met a few times with Hockey Canada. They have the Hockey House here and I was there with some alumni. I am here to work on behalf of the Kings, we have a lot of partners here, and my son, Jesse, had a performance on Sunday. It was a hat trick for me. What have you done or seen so far?

Robitaille: I went to the Canada-Norway game. We were going to see the half-pipe on Wednesday, but the travel was a mess so we couldn’t make it. What is the hockey-vibe like there?

Robitaille: It is incredible. It is truly amazing. It is just everywhere. It is all about Canada and hockey and it is overwhelming. The demand for hockey tickets is unlike anything I have seen before. It is crazy. Can you describe what type of pressure the Canadian team must be feeling?

Robitaille: It is always like this for Team Canada. I think the difference is that the Games are here. If you were in Japan, they would get off the ice, do their press and then it would be over. Here all the players came to the Hockey House after the game and it excited the entire country. When they won the first game, 8-0, the streets were celebrating and everyone was screaming. As we get to the quarterfinals, semifinals and the finals, I can only imagine how crazy it will be. Are you disappointed you never got the chance to play in the Olympics?

Robitaille: No, I don’t regret it. It was wrong timing through it all. As a player it is something you wish you could have been apart of but those are things you can’t control. I am happy to be here and to see this. What did you do for your birthday on Wednesday?

Robitaille: My wife took me out to dinner. I had a nice massage in the morning. Have you seen or talked to any ex-teammates?

Robitaille: I saw Russ Courtnall. I saw Wayne and we hung out for awhile. I have spent time with former players like Denis Potvin, Nick Kypreos. I know Ray Ferraro is here but I haven’t seen him yet. I saw Drew Doughty after the game and talked to him. He played so well, I had to go tell him.
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