Rob Blake, a defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks during his 20 seasons in the NHL, joined NHL Live to discuss his selection into the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Blake will be inducted Nov. 17 in Toronto.
"The hard part is trying to make sure you thank everybody that helped you along the way, the organizations and the different teams you played for, in a short amount of time," Blake said. "It's an honor being inducted but it also gives you time to really reflect throughout your career. I don't think you get a lot of that time when you're playing. It makes it nice but we'll get the preparations ready."
Blake, a seven-time NHL All-Star, won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, a gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and two gold medals at the IIHF World Championship. Currently an assistant general manager for the Kings, Blake played 14 seasons in L.A., and is the franchise's all-time leader among defenseman in games played (805), goals (161), assists (333), points (494), power-play goals (92), game-winning goals (29) and shots (2,468).
Blake often worked with former teammate and fellow defenseman Larry Robinson, a 1995 Hall of Fame inductee whom he cited as a tremendous influence to his career.
"I was fortunate. I walked into a room with Larry Robinson, probably one of the greatest defensemen of all time," Blake said. "One of the things he told and reinforced with me on a daily basis was stick on the puck; keep your stick on the ice, keep it on the puck. You can be physical, you can follow your hits after, but your stick has to be down. He was big on his positioning and the defensive zone and things. To be able to learn from a guy like that definitely helps."