LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have promoted Luc Robitaille to President, Business Operations, it was announced Friday by Kings Governor and CEO of AEG, Tim Leiweke. Robitaille, the highest scoring left wing in NHL history and a future member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has been working in the Kings front office as the club’s Assistant to the Governor and Alternate Governor since his retirement as a player.
“I have invested so much of myself into this organization since I was drafted here in 1984 and I look forward to the opportunity to truly have an impact on our future success,” said Robitaille. “I have gained tremendous experience this past year with AEG and the Kings and I look forward to continued growth as a business professional in this great city. The opportunity to have a significant impact on how our fans experience this team and our players is something I am extremely excited about.”
Said Leiweke: “This is a critical step for AEG to give the Kings stand-alone leadership and staffing that does nothing but focus on the Kings. We want the Kings to have independent leadership and a specific focus while maintaining the ability to utilize the vast resources of AEG. Putting Luc in this position alongside our leader on the hockey side, Dean Lombardi, gives us a tremendously passionate leadership team with a desire to win that will be second to none.”
In his new role, Robitaille will oversee the day-to-day business operations of the Kings. Primarily his efforts will focus directly on all business initiatives as it relates to the Kings and the integration of all communication vehicles to the Kings fan base that includes game experience, fan/player relations, community outreach, broadcasting, fan development, LAKings.com, team events and player appearances. He will also oversee and influence all Kings business relations and partnerships including season-ticket holders, media partners, corporate partners and community organizations. Additionally, he will work closely with President/General Manager Dean Lombardi on Kings player initiatives and helping to instill a sense of passion and pride throughout the Kings organization.
“Luc is an outstanding addition to our off-ice team,” said Lombardi. “His passion for the Kings is unparalleled and he is committed to excel in his new position with the same vigor that has already inspired a Hall of Fame career.
In his role in the Kings/AEG front office this past season, Robitaille’s responsibilities primarily focused on the Kings business development and player/community relations, and the continued development of both the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. and the new Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.
Shawn Hunter, who has served as Kings President, Business Operations since Sept. 12, 2005, will continue in his role as President of AEG Sports, the parent company of AEG and one of the world’s leading presenters of sports and entertainment programming.
Robitaille, who had his popular No. 20 jersey retired by the Kings on Jan. 20, (Jersey Retirement Photo Gallery ) is the all-time Kings leader in goals scored in addition to being the highest scoring left wing in NHL history and a future member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
He retired as a player at the end of the 2005-06 season, and in 19 seasons in the NHL – including 14 with the Kings -- Robitaille, in 1,431 career regular season games with the Kings, Detroit Red Wings (where he won a Stanley Cup in 2002), New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, had 1,394 points (668-726=1,394). In 159 playoff games, he had 127 points (58-69=127) and 174 penalty minutes.
Robitaille as a player was honored with several awards and he set numerous records throughout his long and distinguished career. In addition to being the highest scoring left wing in NHL history, a mark he set in a Kings uniform with an assist on March 22, 2004, with his 1,370th point to pass Hall of Famer John Bucyk, Robitaille holds the NHL record for left wingers for goals (668). He is also 10th in overall NHL goal scoring with 668 goals (he was second among active players at the time of his retirement to former Red Wings teammate Steve Yzerman), 19th in overall NHL scoring with 1,394 points and he is the only left wing in NHL history to record eight consecutive 40-goal seasons (all with the Kings).
With the Kings, Robitaille ranks second all-time in games played (1,077), second in points (1,154) and fourth in assists (597). On January 19, 2006, Robitaille set the Kings all-time record for goals when his 551st goal as a King surpassed former teammate, long-time friend and Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne. In 1,077 total regular season games as a King, Robitaille had 1,154 points (557-597=1,154).