A Day In The Life With NHL Kings President Luc Robitaille
Hockey HOFer LUC ROBITAILLE's role as President of the NHL Kings is multifaceted, as he is tasked with having to balance responsibilities on both the business and hockey operations sides of the organization. With the season now in full-swing, Robitaille took some time to talk THE DAILY through his typical gameday, including how he unwinds in the morning time, beating L.A. traffic and where he likes to sit at Staples Center during the game.
5:30-6:00am: My wife and I will get up and we'll go on a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. We'll bring our dogs. I know I'm going to have a late night, so I like to spend a little bit of time with her. Then I'll get ready at home and head over to the office.
8:30-9:00am: I like to get to the office as early as possible because that's when you get real quiet time. A lot of times, the first meeting I'll have will be with Kings COO KELLY CHEESEMAN, where we'll go over what we're going to do that night, who we're going to meet, and then we'll talk about what our gate looks like.
10:00am: The last couple years, I'll go and watch our morning skate with our GM, ROB BLAKE, and we'll catch up on a few things.
11:30am: After the morning skate, we have a different lunch each gameday. We're always trying to push our business, so usually I'll have lunch with either a sponsor or some type of partner that we have. Sometimes it's with our radio partner or Fox. We do a lot of lunches with season-ticket holders that have been around for a long time.
4:00pm: I try to go downtown to Staples Center as early as possible so I can beat the traffic. A lot of times, I'll go early and meet with our global partnership team that works with us. So, I'll go meet with either AEG Global Partnerships COOs NICK BAKER or RUSSELL SILVERS -- they kind of lead our group. We'll sit down. We'll go over what's coming up with our sponsors. I'll usually stop by and say hello to AEG Worldwide President & CEO DAN BECKERMAN to give him an update on our team.
5:00pm: I like to have a little quiet time where I catch up on emails and then I start watching games back east. I like to have my quiet corner at Staples Center where I can pick a couple games that I'll watch, because we're lucky in L.A., where we can watch games at 4:00-5:00pm.
6:00pm: We try to have some type of dinner where we entertain a partner or someone that works with us. If it's something that has to do with one of our Legends Nights where we're hosting our alumni, a lot of former players will stop by.
7:00-7:30pm: By the time the game starts -- usually in the 1st period -- we'll get our group and we'll do a few suite visits. I try to do it right after the anthem. We'll go see if we have an event or something or if somebody is in town. We'll have a list, and someone will come with me and we'll go shake hands and welcome them.
8:00pm: I'll usually go upstairs in the press box and sit with our hockey group. I'll watch the rest of the game there. Every once in a while, we might have to do something between periods, but for the rest of the game, I'll sit with our people and watch. Occasionally, during the 2nd period, I don't mind going down by the boards to just stand and see how our guys are doing, the quality of the ice, really anything that could go on. But I like watching up in the press box because when you're sitting with your hockey people, you're just watching the game. If you're sitting in a suite, it's really tough to watch.
10:00pm: After the game, we'll meet back in our GM's room and a few of us will, depending on the game, address what happened and what's coming up. A lot of times, Rob will find out if there are any injuries. I'll mostly listen in to see what's coming up for our team -- if there's any kids coming up or so forth. If the game is over at 10:00, we'll probably leave Staples Center by 10:45-11:00.
11:20-11:45pm: It's really easy to get home -- just a 15-20 minute ride. Once I get home, I try to wind down right away and go to bed because the next morning, we'll start early again. Whatever I miss, I make sure I'll catch up in the morning.
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