ROBITAILLE TO BE HONORED AT JIM MURRAY INVITATIONAL
/ Los Angeles Kings
La QUINTA, Calif. [April 9, 2007] - On March 6, 1988, Jim Murray wrote, “Luc Jeanmarie Robitaille could skate almost before he could walk. He ate with his skates on, he slept with his skates on, he went to school with his skates on. He was on more ice than a polar bear.”
On Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, in La Quinta, Calif., the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation will honor future Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille with its Great Ones Award.
Born Feb. 17, 1966, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Robitaille's 20-year NHL career began in 1986 and ended with his final NHL home game as a Los Angeles King against the Calgary Flames on Saturday, April 15, 2006. He played with the Los Angeles Kings (three different times), the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. Robitaille retired as the all-time highest-scoring left winger in history and as the holder of the Kings franchise record for goals.
As of April 2006, Robitaille's records include: 10th in all-time NHL goals and first among left wingers (653); 40th in all-time NHL assists and second to John Bucyk among left wingers (717); 19th in all-time NHL points and first among left wingers (1370); 28th in all-time NHL games (1366); and he holds the Los Angeles Kings franchise record for career goals (552).
Robitaille starred in junior hockey for the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (known as “The Q”), and was named Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Player of the Year that season. Other awards include: 1987 Calder Memorial Trophy (for Rookie of the Year honor); (named to the NHL All-Rookie Team - 1987; played more) in 8 NHL All-Star Games - 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2001; and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Aquatic Foundation of Metropolitan Los Angeles on June 8, 2006.
“Hockey players usually look like something the Mounties are after. Luc looks like something the movies are after,” wrote Jim Murray in that 1988 column. As usual, Murray scored a hat trick. Robitaille was a guest panelist on the John Davidson version of “Hollywood Squares” in 1989; played himself in "D2: The Mighty Ducks" ("The Mighty Ducks 2"); and he appeared in the 2003 National Hockey League TV commercial.
While wearing the Captain's 'C' that normally belonged to Mattias Norstrom at the time, Luc Robitaille played his final NHL home game as a Los Angeles King against the Calgary Flames on Saturday, April 15, 2006. Held without a point in the game, he logged 18:37 of ice time, and had four shots on goal. Robitaille announced his retirement in a press conference at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, on Tuesday, April 11, 2006. He finished his legendary career with 668 goals, and 726 assists for a total of 1,394 points in 1,431 games played over the course of 19 NHL seasons (1986-87 to 2005-06). On Jan. 20, 2007, Robitaille became the fifth player to have his number (20) retired by the Los Angeles Kings, after Rogie Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Wayne Gretzky.
On July 6, 2006, Robitaille was named president of the Omaha Lancers hockey team of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He also holds the title of Assistant to the Governor and Alternate Governor for the Kings.
The Jim Murray Memorial Foundation will host its ninth annual Jim Murray Memorial Golf Classic event at SilverRock Resort, La Quinta, California, on Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, with the Murray Scholars-Great Ones Awards dinner on Sunday evening, Dec. 2, 2007. Twenty-eight prominent universities, which include Murray's alma mater, Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.), as well as Columbia University's School of Journalism in honor of Murray's 1990 Pulitzer Prize, currently compete for the seven annual journalism scholarships funded by the golf classic.