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Luc Robitaille, president of business operations, Los Angeles Kings

PROFESSIONAL
PHOTO BY: BERNSTEIN ASSOCIATES / LOS ANGELES KINGS

What I Like …

A person: David O’Connor of CAA.

An influential person in my career: Tim Leiweke.

A timeless idea: The customer always comes first.

A business deal: The naming-rights deal for Farmers Field before ground was broken.

A sports facility: The Olympic ski facility ­— Utah Olympic Park — in Park City, Utah.

A strategy: The vision of downtown Los Angeles.

A hire: John Collins as NHL chief operating officer.

A brand: Four Seasons.

LUC ROBITAILLE
President of business operations,
Los Angeles Kings


Where I'm from: Originally Montreal; now living in Los Angeles.

Where I Went to School: Montreal’s Henri-Bourassa High School.

My First Job:
Worked for my dad in his scrap yard in Quebec.
An innovation: Internet access on airplanes.

A story that bears watching: NBA lockout.

An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Composite hockey stick.

A fantasy job: Hiking guide in Hawaii.


What I Like About …

My job: Feeling the passion of the people who work around me every day.

Sports:
It is the greatest form of reality TV.

Sports media: The ability to get instant information.

Sports technology: Skycam, the robotic camera that runs on a cable used for national TV broadcasts.

Competing: I liked it as a player and now, in my role today, I still love the thrill of competition.
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The future (or direction) of sports business: The quest to find new, incremental streams of revenue.


What I Would Like To …

Change: Negativity on the whole.

See more of in sports: That the general public could have a better understanding of what a professional athlete goes through on a daily basis.

See more of in sports business: Clubs working together for the good of the league.

See less of in sports: Head injuries.

See less of in sports business: Egos.

Eliminate: Conversations on email — pick up the phone.


What I Don’t Like ...
 
Pet peeve: People who don’t offer solutions.

In business: Dishonesty.

About sports fans: The potential for “unsportsmanlike conduct” in the stands.


PERSONAL

What I Like …

People: Honesty.

That would surprise those who know me: I am a cycling enthusiast.

Above all else: My family.

Heroes: John Wooden, Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Joe Montana.

Players: Wayne Gretzky, Joe Sakic, Steve Yzerman and Rob Blake.

Teams: Kings (obviously) and the New York Yankees.

Cities: Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

Possession: My 2002 Stanley Cup ring.

Memento: Hand-written letters from Maurice Richard and Phil Esposito.

Time of year (because):
Winter — it’s time for hockey.

Books: “Many Lives, Many Masters,” “Outliers,” and “Good to Great.”

Magazine: Forbes.

Websites: LAKings.com and TSN.ca.

Gadget: iPad.

IPad apps:
Flipboard, MyFitnessPal.

Chores: Feeding my dogs.

Hobby: Hiking.

Trips: Traveling across the U.S. in a motor home/RV.

Movies: “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Goodfellas,” and the new movie called “The Help.”

TV:
“The Vampire Diaries” (my son’s show).

Concerts: Damien Rice.

Artists: David Garibaldi and Amedeo Modigliani.

Food: Sushi.

Dessert: Sugar pie (popular in Quebec).

Drink: Venti coffee.

Scent:
My wife’s perfume — Chanel No. 5.

Vacation spots: Hawaii.

Singer: Jessarae (my son).

Quote: “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.” — Chinese proverb
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