The Los Angeles Kings announced on Thursday that they will honor team legend, Hockey Hall of Famer, fan favorite, and current team President of Operations, Luc Robitaille, with a statue in Star Plaza at Staples Center as part of their Legends Night Series during the upcoming 2014-15 season. As part of the Legends Night Series, the Kings will also honor former player Tony Granato and former head coach Barry Melrose. In past seasons, the team has honored the likes of: Rogie Vachon, Bob Berry, Bob Pulford, Bernie Nicholls, Daryl Evans, Charlie Simmer, Kelly Hrudey, Ian Laperriere, Jay Wells, Jim Fox, and Larry Murphy.
Robitaille actually had three separate stints with the Kings–the team that originally drafted him–during his playing career: 1986-1994, 1997-2001, and 2003-06* [*the 2004-05 season was cancelled]. He ended up playing a total of 14 seasons with the Kings, and 19 total seasons (two seasons with the New York Rangers, two seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, and one season with the Pittsburgh Penguins).
During his 14 seasons with the Kings, he played a total of 1,077 games, scored 557 goals, and tallied 1,154 points. During his entire career, he scored 668 goals in 1,431 games. To this day, Robitaille is still the top-scoring left winger in NHL history and is the all-time Kings leader in goals scored. He was also an eight-time All Star, and the Kings retired his jersey (number 20) back in 2007.
Unfortunately (for Kings fans), he won his only Stanley Cup championship as a player in 2001-02 with the Red Wings, but has since won two Stanley Cup championships as an executive for the Kings. The team plans to honor Robitaille on March 7, 2015 prior to their game against the Penguins.