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Luc Robitaille

President, LA Kings

Luc Robitaille – a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the highest scoring left wing in NHL history and the all-time Kings leader in goals scored – is in his second season as Kings President, in which he directs and oversees all hockey and business operations, and his 12th season overall in the Kings front office after working the previous 10 years as President, Business Operations.  He played 19 seasons in the NHL – including 14 with the Kings – and won a Stanley Cup in 2002.

Since retiring as a player Robitaille has had a tremendous impact on the Kings in the front office in an executive role.  On April 10, 2017, Robitaille was promoted to President on the same day Rob Blake, who directs all day-to-day hockey operations for the organization under Robitaille, was promoted to Vice President and General Manager.  Robitaille also serves as an Alternate Governor with the Kings. 

For the Kings Business Operations department, Robitaille has especially been effective in the areas of Sponsorship Sales and Renewal, Fan and Customer Relations, Game Entertainment, Communications and Broadcasting as revenue has doubled and the Kings won their first two Stanley Cups.  Since 2007-08, the Kings have increased their number of sellouts at STAPLES Center each full season, and the team concluded the 2017-18 season with a club record sellout streak of 289 consecutive games including 254 straight regular season contests.  Under Robitaille the Kings were named the Sports Team of the Year at the Sports Business Journal’s Sports Business Awards event in 2015. 

He has been a driving force behind unique events including the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at STAPLES Center and the Kings hosted the 2017 NHL All-Star Game at STAPLES Center as part of the club’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.  In 2014 the Kings hosted the Anaheim Ducks in a regular-season outdoor NHL game at Dodger Stadium in front of 54,099 fans and the Kings also played outdoor hockey again in 2015 in front of 70,205 fans at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. 

In addition to being the highest scoring left wing in NHL history, a mark he set in a Kings uniform with his 1,370th point in 2004, Robitaille holds the NHL record for left wingers for most goals (668).  He is also 12th in overall NHL goal scoring with 668 goals, 22nd in overall NHL scoring with 1,394 points and he is the only left wing in NHL history to record eight consecutive 40-goal seasons (all with the Kings).

With the Kings, Robitaille ranks second all-time in games played (1,077), second in points (1,154) and fourth in assists (597).  In 2006, Robitaille set the Kings all-time record for goals when his 551st goal as a King surpassed Marcel Dionne.  In 1,077 total regular season games as a King, Robitaille had 557 goals.

Robitaille, 52 (2/17/66), was selected by the Kings in the ninth round (171st overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.  As a rookie, the Montreal native became the first (and only) King to win the Calder Memorial Trophy and he was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 1987.  Later he helped lead the Kings to the club’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993 and that season Robitaille set NHL records for the most goals (63) by a left wing and for the most points (125) by a left wing.

Robitaille would go on to reach other milestones in a Kings uniform, including his 500th career goal in 1999 and his 1,000th game as a King in 2004.  When Robitaille had his jersey retired by the Kings, he became just the fifth player to be so honored.  In 2009, Robitaille – an eight-time All-Star (all with the Kings) – was selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  In 2014 he was named a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee and in 2017 he was announced as one of the NHL’s 100 greatest players of all-time.

Robitaille has also immersed himself into the Southern California community.  He is on the Board of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Ronald McDonald House, and he and his wife Stacia are the co-founders of a non-profit organization, Echoes of Hope. 

Luc and Stacia have two sons, Steven and Jesse.  They reside in Santa Monica.

Wednesday, September 25

Featured Interview

From the Locker Room to the C-Suite: Journey Traveled, Lessons Learned 

Chris Klein, President, LA Galaxy
Luc Robitaille, President, LA Kings
Guest Moderator: Fred Roggin, Sports Anchor, KNBC-TV