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SI Names Robitaille Greatest To Ever Wear #20

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings



In a special feature presented by Sports Illustrated on Monday, LA Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille was named the Greatest NHL player to ever wear the #20.

Robitaille played 14 seasons in a Kings uniform along with five additional as a member of the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Detroit Red Wings meddled in between.

In league history, 463 players have donned the #20.

From Sports Illustrated:

“Surprisingly little competition for such a commonly worn number, but Lucky Luc would hold his own in a more stellar bunch with his 668 career goals, 1,394 points and Hall of Fame enshrinement.”

In 1,077 career games played with Los Angeles, Robitaille registered 1,154 points – in the form of 557 goals and 597 assists.

Robitaille won the Calder Memorial Trophy as a member of the Kings for his outstanding rookie season during the 1986-87 campaign. The annual award is given “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.”

The Kings retired Robitaille's #20 on January 20, 2007. WATCH

Robitaille was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on June 23, 2009. WATCH

A statue of Robitaille was erected outside STAPLES Center at Star Plaza on March 7, 2015. His statue joined the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Oscar De La Hoya, Chick Hearn, Jerry West, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. WATCH

Thirteen other former Kings players cracked SI's list as the greatest NHL players to wear their respective numbers. All who are listed below, with the exception of Terry Sawchuck, Rick Tocchet, and Larry Murphy, donned the numbers that got them into SI's list while with the Kings. Sawchuck wore #30 in his one season with the Kings, Tocchet #22 in his one-plus season, and Murphy #5 in his three-plus seasons.

Terry Sawchuck #1 *Wore #30 with Los Angeles*
(One Season w/ LAK -- 1967 - '68)
Jari Kurri #17
(Four + Seasons w/ LAK -- 1991 - '96)
Grant Fuhr #31
(One Season w/ LAK -- 1994 - '95)
Pavol Demitra #38
(One Season w/ LAK -- 2005 - '06)
Jason Allison #41
(Two Seasons w/ LAK -- 2001 - '03)
Jonathan Bernier #45
(Five Seasons w/ LAK -- 2007 - '13)
Larry Murphy
#55 *Wore #5 with Los Angeles*
(Three + Seasons w/ LAK -- 1980 - '83)
Martin Straka #82
(One Season w/ LAK -- 2003 - '04)
Petr Klima #85
(One Season w/ LAK -- 1996 - '97)
Rick Tocchet #92 *Wore #22 with Los Angeles*
(One + Seasons w/ LAK -- 1994 - '96)
Ryan Smyth #94
(Two Seasons w/ LAK -- 2009 - '11)
Jeremy Roenick #97
(One Season w/ LAK -- 2005 - '06)
Wayne Gretzky #99
(Eight Seasons w/ LAK -- 1988 - '95)

You can read the full feature from Sports Illustrated, which picks all players from #00 - #99 HERE.


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