There’s a lot of debate going on in the Sharks Nation right now about whether or not Rob Blake is going to retire and if he does, who dons the “C”.
The right information will come soon enough from Blake when he announces his intentions, but there’s one thing there’s no debate on – Blake will soon be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Blake’s resume is beyond reproach. When trying to compare him to his peers on the blueline, the fact that he’s just one of six different defensemen to capture a Norris Trophy in the last 12 years shows his impact.
Defensively, he’s used his 6-foot-4, 225 pound frame to stop opponents any way he could. Whether it’s muscling them from in front of the crease or laying his patented hip check at full speed coming down the wing, Blake is a force in preventing goals.
On offense, his shot is arguably one of the five hardest in the National Hockey League and Blake is one of those players who can find a path to the net and avoid having his shot blocked.
Offensively, he has scored more than 15 goals seven times in a season. That would make many forwards happy. Twice he’s reached 20 goals and he’s scored 50 points six times.
Then there’s the one category that cannot be measured, but which every Hall of Famer has – the intangibles. Blake is a two-time captain of the Los Angeles Kings and the current captain of the San Jose Sharks. Very few people can claim captaining multiple franchises, much less division rivals.
Finally, Blake is a winner. He won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001 and led the Kings to their lone Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 1993.
The Hockey Hall of Fame credentials are there, it will be just a matter of time. Ideally, Blake has another year left in the tank, but if not, his next hockey achievement will be attained in Toronto.