Luc Robitaille
Canadian ice hockey player
Luc Robitaille
Luc Jean-Marie Robitaille is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player, and currently serves as President of business operations for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.
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How the Los Angeles Kings helped bring the NHL to Las Vegas
ABC News - 4 months
LAS VEGAS -- Before the Los Angeles Kings' final home preseason game in Las Vegas earlier this month, Luc Robitaille, the president of business operations for the Kings, presented Bill Foley, the majority owner of Las Vegas' NHL franchise, with a silver hockey stick. It was a ceremonial passing of the torch from the team that had been Las Vegas' adopted hockey team to the team that next season will become Las Vegas' first major professional sports franchise. "The Kings had a lot to do with developing interest in hockey in Las Vegas," Foley said. "They've been playing preseason games here for years. It's great for us. We're coming in here a couple of steps ahead." Not only have the Kings been playing preseason hockey games in Las Vegas since 1991, but the Anschutz Entertainment Group, the company that owns the Kings, has been trying to build an arena in Las Vegas, which it always believed could house an NHL team, for the past decade.... ...
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LA Kings honor Luc Robitaille with statue outside Staples
USA Today - almost 2 years
Luc's lucky day: Los Angeles Kings honor left wing Luc Robitaille with statue outside arena           
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Anson Carter: NHL 2013 Conference Finals Preview -- and Picks From Steven R. McQueen
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Western Conference Semifinal #7 Detroit Red Wings vs. #1 Chicago Blackhawks Detroit let this series slip away by failing to close out Game 6. Game 6 was crucial, as the reality is a team is not going to roll into the Madhouse on Madison and steal a Game 7. After a slow start and being outcoached early in the series, coach Quenneville finally found his thinking cap and started making the necessary adjustments to free up his Captain Jonathan Toews. Once he regained his composure, Toews showed in this series why he wears the "C." Western Conference Semifinal #6 San Jose Sharks vs. #5 Los Angeles Kings The turning point in the series was the Raffi Torres hit, and suspension that followed. The Sharks gave the Kings all they could handle, but in the end could not match L.A.'s physicality. Having Torres in the lineup gave the Sharks some bite and an edge that has been missing from the mental makeup of San Jose. Eastern Conference Final #4 Boston Bruins vs. #1 Pittsbu ...
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NHL hopes perks make fans forget
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
NHL hopes perks make fans forget Marc Ganis, president of Chicago-based sports business consulting firm Sportscorp Ltd., said the league is skating against a steep incline in many parts of the United States. The Tampa Bay Lightning offered fans free lunch if they showed up for practice Friday and those attending Boston Bruins games this month can get free grub, too. The Stars and other clubs are offering free tickets to kids, hoping to expose the sport to a younger generation in the hopes of hooking them on a game that is tough to beat in person. "If you get one good Cup run and get the people in the building, then they can see what it's like to watch live and feel that buzz and that electricity in the crowd," Stars forward Brenden Morrow said The Kings gave multi-year contract extensions to coach Darryl Sutter, general manager Dean Lombardi and president of business operations Luc Robitaille. ... The Islanders suspended defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky for faili ...
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Luc Robitaille honors mother's Stanley Cup request
LATimes - over 4 years
The Los Angeles Kings' president of business operations takes the Cup to his parents' home in Norbertville, Canada, at the request of his mother, Madeleine, who has liver cancer. NORBERTVILLE, Canada — Madeleine Robitaille could have requested anything from her Hockey Hall of Fame son Luc and he would have moved mountains to give it to her, but that isn't her way. She and her husband, Claude, worked hard for all they had as they raised three kids in Montreal, Madeleine unfailingly elegant from her well-coiffed head to her stylish feet.
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L.A. Kings rally: 'You have changed this city,' Robitaille says
LATimes - over 4 years
Greeted by a Staples Center packed with patient but rabid fans, each member of the L.A. Kings got a few moments Thursday to soak in the glory. The Kings capped off their celebratory day by taking turns thanking the fans for sticking with them for more than four decades. But first, the team’s president had praise for the players.   "The last two months have been amazing," Kings President Luc Robitaille said to the players in one of a series of speeches at the start of Thursday’s rally. "You have changed this city." LIVE COVERAGE: L.A. Kings Stanley Cup victory parade Indeed, thousands of hockey fans lined Figueroa Street to help their team celebrate its Stanley Cup victory in style. Many said they were longtime fans, some hopped on the bandwagon late, but all reveled in the confetti and the sight of the Stanley Cup itself throughout the afternoon.    The rally had a little bit of everything. It drew a crowd and included speeches from team officials and players along with a vi ...
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Kings' Cup win has Lucky Luc beaming
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
To get a sense of what winning the Stanley Cup meant to a franchise that waited 45 years for this moment, you only had to see former Kings great Luc Robitaille Monday night.
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Long road to glory for Robitaille [Video]
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
If there is a guy who can appreciate what is happening with the Los Angeles Kings right now, what being on the cusp of the franchise's first Stanley Cup means to the franchise, to the city and to its long-time core of fans, it is Luc Robitaille.
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Kings Await Eastern Winner In Finals
Channel 10 News - San Diego, CA - over 4 years
After a 19-year wait, the Los Angeles Kings have returned to a land last traversed by Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Kelly Hrudey and pals: the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Singer Toscano finding new fans at Staples Center
NHL - almost 5 years
Los Angeles Kings president of business operations Luc Robitaille calls her the team's good luck charm and the L.A. faithful have fully embraced her. All in all, it's an interesting way for a young up-and-coming chanteuse to find new fans. But Ame...
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NHL Playoffs 2012: L.A. Kings More Dominant Than Ever After Sweeping St. Louis
Bleacher Report - almost 5 years
When the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs began, the Los Angeles Kings were a mere afterthought in the minds of hockey experts everywhere. Now after winning eight of their nine postseason games, the Kings have moved from the shacks of South Central to the oceanfront property of Malibu. After sweeping the second-seeded St. Louis Blues to advance to the Western Conference Finals, the Kings have all of the momentum in the world behind them and have become the elite team in this year's playoffs. Not bad for a No. 8 seed. Despite all of their questions offensively, the Kings outscored the Blues 15-6 in the series and trailed for a total of seven minutes in the series. The Blues came in as one of the best defensive teams in the NHL led by goaltender Brian Elliott, who had been nearly flawless before facing the Kings. Meanwhile, Los Angeles dominated the entire series forcing several penalties on the Blues, and driving St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchock crazy in the process. Dustin Brown score ...
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Kings one win from conference finals
The Morning Call - Blogs - almost 5 years
Drew Doughty has a goal and two assists in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3, giving L.A. a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series. Finally, the names Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille and Kelly Hrudey are on the verge of having some long-awaited company, some fresh names in the Kings' playoff ledger.
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Ben Affleck Attends Children Mending Hearts Spring Benefit
Green Celebrity Network - almost 5 years
Children Mending Hearts (CMH) held its 4th Annual Spring Benefit honoring young heroes in the community and raise awareness for CMH’s new global after-school program for at-risk children on Sunday. This year’s honorees included Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surfer) and Carson Meyer (Teen Board Advisor), who are making waves by making a difference. Past Honorees include Maria Bello, Anderson Cooper, Eve Ensler, Bill Gates, Sr. and Luc Robitaille. Among the guests at Sunday’s event were Ben Affleck and his daughter, Seraphina. Photo: Splash News: Toby Canhan In the theme of surf and sun, the event celebrated family, fun, art and citizenship. Designed for the entire family, the event included with art activities, musical guests, fun interactive surfing and skating demos and games for everyone with music by DJ Connor Cruise and a musical performance by Trevor Jackson. All proceeds to benefit Children Mending Hearts, which provides global arts and education to Los Angeles’ underserved youth ...
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LA Kings Hockey Fest - Richards and Gagne Meet Fans, But No Doughty - Neon Tommy
Google News - over 5 years
After the Q-and-A portion, former King Luc Robitaille, Hall of Famer and President of Business Operations, thanked the crowd. He welcomed the fans and let them know that all proceeds of the sold-out Hockey Fest will go to charity
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9-11: Ten years after their deaths, presence of Kings scouts Bailey, Bavis ... - Los Angeles Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
"I think it's important to never forget," said Luc Robitaille, the Kings' president of business operations. "Those were such hard moments for anyone in this world, especially America. We should never forget. Those two special people, they make sure to
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Hockey Guy: Tributes pour in for Russian crash victims -
Google News - over 5 years
Former Kings star Luc Robitaille: “I'm devastated. When he came to us he was going to be one of our top guys and he certainly didn't disappoint as a player. He had the same personality as Ziggy Palffy: just a fun guy to be around
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Luc Robitaille
  • 2015
    Age 49
    On March 7, 2015, the Kings organization unveiled a bronze statue of Robitaille outside of the Staples Center honoring his accomplishments as an NHL player and a member of the Kings.
    More Details Hide Details The statue is located near the main entrance to the arena, next to the statue honoring former King and teammate Wayne Gretzky.
  • 2012
    Age 46
    He has won two Stanley Cup Championships, in 2012 and in 2014, as President of Operations with the Los Angeles Kings.
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  • 2009
    Age 43
    On June 23, 2009, it was announced that he would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details He was honoured during the November 6–9 induction weekend alongside his former Red Wing teammates Steve Yzerman and Brett Hull, and his former Ranger teammate Brian Leetch.
  • 2007
    Age 41
    Robitaille was named as the Kings' President of Business Operations on May 25, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He also serves as the team's alternate governor along with Dan Beckerman and Dean Lombardi. Since joining the Kings in a management role, the team has won 2 Stanley Cups in 2011-12 and 2013-14. Robitaille and his wife, Stacia, co-founded the non-profit charity Shelter for Serenity in 2005 to help families displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and has extended to needy children in the Los Angeles community as Echoes of Hope. Robitaille made an appearance on the FOX TV series Bones in the Season 4 episode "Fire in the Ice". He appears as himself in an hallucination had by lead character Seeley Booth (portrayed by David Boreanaz, a passionate hockey fan), when Booth is knocked out while playing in a recreational hockey game. Robitaille also appeared in the movie Sudden Death. The directors used this to their advantage, sending Robitaille in on a breakaway to tie the game as time expired.
    The Kings honored his playing career by retiring his number during a pre-game ceremony on January 20, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Robitaille’s number 20 hangs in the rafters of Staples Center alongside Rogatien Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Wayne Gretzky and Rob Blake.
  • 2006
    Age 40
    On July 6, 2006, Robitaille was named president of the Omaha Lancers hockey team of the United States Hockey League (USHL).
    More Details Hide Details Robitaille has participated in three international tournaments for Canada:
    Robitaille finished his playing career on April 17, 2006 at the HP Pavilion in a game against the San Jose Sharks.
    More Details Hide Details The Kings won this game 4-0, with Jason LaBarbera earning the shutout. He received applause and chants of his name throughout the night by the 17,496 fans in attendance, as well as good wishes from many of the opposing players of the Sharks. After the game ended, the Kings players came out and gathered around him first, rather than the traditional congratulation of the goaltender. The Sharks players also came onto the ice to shake hands with Robitaille before they headed off into their locker room. At the end of his career, Robitaille had made eight All-Star teams, set the NHL record for goals by a left winger (with 668) and points (with 1394), as well the Kings’ franchise record for goals, with 577, finished second to Dave Taylor in games played, fourth (behind Marcel Dionne, Wayne Gretzky, and Taylor) in assists with 726, second behind John Bucyk’s NHL record for assists by a LW (813), and second to Dionne in points, with 1,154. Robitaille also became the second player in NHL history to record 1,000 points after being drafted as low as the ninth round.
    Robitaille played his final NHL home game as a Los Angeles King against the Calgary Flames on April 15, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details He also wore the captain's "C" that normally belonged to Mattias Norström. Although he was held without a point in the game, he logged 18:37 of ice time, and had 4 shots on goal. He was also the second shooter in the shootout, but his shot towards the upper-right corner of the net was stopped by the glove of goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, despite being given an open five hole. The Kings went on to win the game 2-1 off of a shootout goal by Pavol Demitra, and three shootout saves by the Kings' Jason LaBarbera. The Kings held a curtain call for Robitaille after the game, where he was given a standing ovation by the sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans in attendance. After chants of his name died down, he gave a short speech and did one final lap of the rink at Staples Center.
    Robitaille's final goal and point was scored in typical Luc Robitaille fashion: one-timing a pass from Jeremy Roenick while at the centre of the right wing face-off circle past Curtis Joseph during a power play in a March 14, 2006 6-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.
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  • 2005
    Age 39
    On April 10, the Kings announced Robitaille's intention to retire at the conclusion of the 2005–06 NHL season.
    More Details Hide Details Robitaille officially confirmed this the next day in a press conference held at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
  • 2004
    Age 38
    He played his 1,000th game as a King a few days later, on March 13, 2004, in a 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion at San Jose.
    More Details Hide Details On January 19, 2006, during a game against the Atlanta Thrashers, Robitaille scored a hat-trick, tying and passing Marcel Dionne’s then-franchise record of 550 goals. His record-breaking goal was met with several minutes of standing ovations and a video-congratulation reel on the scoreboard.
    On March 9, 2004, Robitaille scored the 650th goal of his professional career in a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center.
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  • 2002
    Age 36
    Robitaille had the lowest goal total in his career in 2002–03, due partially to limited ice time, and the Red Wings were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in a four-game sweep.
    More Details Hide Details Robitaille returned to Kings as a free agent. Although his scoring totals (22G, 29A) were below his previous levels as a King, he did lead the team in both goals and points, and the Kings stayed in playoff contention until a shocking 11-game losing streak to finish the season.
  • 2001
    Age 35
    Robitaille ended up signing a two-year, $9 million deal with Detroit starting with the 2001-02 season, settling for less than what other teams offered, as the Red Wings represented his best chance at winning the Stanley Cup, especially after their recent acquisition of goaltender Dominik Hašek.
    More Details Hide Details With the Red Wings, Robitaille scored 30 goals and 50 points, helping them win the Presidents' Trophy, awarded to the team with the best regular season record. Due to the tremendous depth of scorers among Detroit's roster, Robitaille had less playoff ice time, nonetheless he scored four goals in the postseason. The Red Wings defeated the Avalanche in the Western Conference Finals in seven games, meaning that Robitaille was going to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in his career. With the Red Wings’ 3-1 victory in Game 5 against the Carolina Hurricanes, Robitaille’s quest for an elusive Stanley Cup championship finally came to an end. At the direction of Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman, all of the teammates who had never previously won the Cup would hoist it after Yzerman, with Robitaille being the third Red Wing to skate the Cup around Joe Louis Arena, after Yzerman and Dominik Hašek.
  • 2000
    Age 34
    During the 2000–01 playoffs, Robitaille helped the seventh-seed Kings to a first round upset of the Detroit Red Wings, and his team took the eventual Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche to seven games in the conference semifinals.
    More Details Hide Details Robitaille was named a second team all-star, his postseason team honour since 1993. Robitaille turned down a one-year deal with a substantial pay cut by Kings GM Dave Taylor.
    During the 2000-01 season, Robitaille netted 37 goals and tallied 88 points and helped lead the Kings to their first playoff appearance since 1998.
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  • 1999
    Age 33
    On January 7, 1999, Robitaille scored his 500th career goal in a 4-2 victory at the Great Western Forum against the Buffalo Sabres.
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  • 1997
    Age 31
    Robitaille struggled in his first season back in Los Angeles, scoring only 16 goals in an injury-shortened 1997–98 season.
    More Details Hide Details Robitaille returned to his All-Star form, scoring no fewer than 36 goals and had the best stats of his career after his first stint with the Kings during those three seasons.
    On August 28, 1997, in new-GM Dave Taylor's first move, the Kings re-acquired Robitaille from the Rangers in exchange for Kevin Stevens.
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  • 1995
    Age 29
    After one season, Robitaille was traded to the New York Rangers with Ulf Samuelsson in exchange for Petr Nedvěd and Sergei Zubov. Robitaille had below-average numbers in two seasons with the Rangers, and for the first time in his career, had more penalty minutes (80) than points (69) in 1995–96.
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  • 1994
    Age 28
    There, Robitaille set then-career lows in goals and assists during the strike-shortened 1994–95 season.
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    Robitaille was traded on July 29, 1994 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, in exchange for Rick Tocchet and the Penguins’ 2nd round draft pick in 1995 (Pavel Rosa).
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  • 1993
    Age 27
    During the 1993–94 season, Robitaille scoring totals remained respectable but considerably lower than his previous seasons, while Gretzky had returned from injury to win the league scoring title.
    More Details Hide Details The Kings failed to make the playoffs.
  • 1992
    Age 26
    With captain and superstar Wayne Gretzky sidelined by injury for much of 1992-93, Robitaille assumed the captaincy and led the team in scoring, playing a key role in helping his struggling team to make the playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details The Kings reached the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history where they eventually lost to the Montreal Canadiens in five games. Robitaille had nine goals and 13 assists in 24 playoff games.
    Robitaille scored more than 40 goals in each of his first eight seasons, including three 50 or more goal seasons, with a career-high 63 in 1992–93.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Robitaille set league records for most goals and points (125) in a season by a left winger. Robitaille's 63-goal record amongst left wingers was eclipsed by Alexander Ovechkin during the 2007–08 season, although Robitaille still holds the record for most points in a season by a left winger.
  • 1986
    Age 20
    Robitaille made it to the NHL in 1986, helping the Kings make the playoffs, despite having a 31-41-8 record.
    More Details Hide Details Robitaille scored 45 goals and had 39 assists in 79 games, edging out the Philadelphia Flyers' Ron Hextall for the Calder Memorial Trophy, the only Los Angeles player ever to win the award. He also earned a spot on the Second All-Star Team.
  • 1983
    Age 17
    Robitaille played junior hockey for the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In three seasons with the Olympiques from 1983 to 1986, Robitaille amassed 155 goals and 269 assists, for 424 points in only 197 games, including winning the CHL Player of the Year with 191 points in 1985–86.
    More Details Hide Details In his honor, because of his efforts, the QMJHL created the Luc Robitaille Trophy, awarded to the team which scores the most goals each season.
  • 1966
    Age 0
    Born on February 17, 1966.
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