LOS ANGELES – Former Los Angeles Kings captain and defenseman Rob Blake has been named the club’s Assistant General Manager, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Blake – the Kings’ all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points by a defenseman – replaces Ron Hextall who is leaving the Kings organization to take a front office position with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Lombardi interview on Kings Vision: http://youtu.be/tHte5yHRhWk.
Blake played 14 of his 20 NHL seasons with the Kings (1990-01 and 2006-08), the San Jose Sharks (2008-10) and the Colorado Avalanche (2001-06), where he won a Stanley Cup in 2001. He recorded 777 points (240-537=777) in 1270 regular season games while in 146 playoff games he registered 73 points (26-47=73).
Blake, 43 (12-10-1969), served as the Kings captain from 1996-01 and again from 2007-08 (six seasons totals). He helped lead the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993; won the franchise’s first Norris Trophy in 1998; captured a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics; and made six trips to the NHL All-Star Game including four as a King.
In his new role, Blake assists Lombardi in all facets of the Kings Hockey Operations department, including contract negotiations, player personnel and overseeing the organization’s top prospects. In addition, Blake now oversees the Manchester Monarchs’ hockey operations department while serving as General Manager of the Kings’ primary affiliate (American Hockey League).
Blake was originally selected by the Kings in the fourth round (70th overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. A native of Simcoe, Ontario, Blake played college hockey at Bowling Green State University. He made his NHL debut with the Kings during the 1989-90 season and his final game came in the 2010 postseason with the Sharks.
Most recently, Blake worked in the NHL’s Player Safety department the last three years.
Blake and his family over the years have maintained their primary residence in Manhattan Beach. His job with the Kings officially begins immediately.
Below is a comprehensive look at Blake’s playing career.
KINGS REGULAR SEASON ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• 1st all-time among defensemen in games played (805), fourth overall
• 1st all-time among defensemen in goals (161), 13th overall
• 1st all-time among defensemen in assists (333), 7th overall
• 1st all-time among defensemen in points (494), 7th overall
• 1st all-time among defensemen in power play goals (92), 5th overall
• 1st all-time among defensemen in game-winning goals (29), 4th overall
• 1st all-time among defensemen in shots (2,468), 3rd overall
• 3rd all-time among defensemen in penalty minutes (1,231), 4th overall
• Led all defensemen in scoring six times (1992-93, 1993-94, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-00)
• Recorded 12 power-play goals in 1999-00, the most-ever scored in one season by a defenseman
• Recorded six game-winning goals in 1993-94, the most-ever scored in one season by a defenseman
• Attempted 327 shots on goal in 1999-00, the most-ever attempted in one season by a defenseman
• His 23 goals in 1997-98 rank 2nd all-time among defensemen
• His 68 points (20-48=68) in 1993-94 rank 3rd all-time among defensemen
• Scored a career-high five points (3-2=5) and notched his only career hat trick vs. the New York Rangers on December 14, 2000
• Served as the Kings captain from 1996-01 and again from 2007-08 (six seasons)
• Two-time winner of the Kings Most Valuable Player “Bill Libby Memorial Award” (1997-98 and 1999-00)
• Six-time winner of the Kings Outstanding Defenseman Award (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1997-98 and 1999-00)
• Winner of the Most Popular Player Award (1997-98)
• Winner of the Most Inspirational “Ace Bailey Memorial Award” (1997-98)
• Three-time winner of the Kings Community Service Award (1995-96, 1998-99 and 1900-00)
• Named to NHL All-Rookie Team in 1991
• Norris Trophy Winner in 1998
• Named to NHL First All-Star Team in 1998
• Named to NHL Second All-Star Team in 2000 and 2001 (2002 with Colorado)
• Four-time NHL All-Star with the Kings (six total)
KINGS PLAYOFFS ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• 5th all-time in games played (57), second among defensemen
• 3rd all-time among defensemen in goals (8)
• 3rd all-time among defensemen in assists (16)
• 3rd all-time among defensemen in points (24)
• 3rd all-time among defensemen in penalty minutes (98)
• T-3rd all-time among defensemen in power play goals (3)
• One of only two Kings defensemen to score a short-handed goal
• Member of the 1993 Kings team which reached the Stanley Cup Final
ADDITIONAL NHL REGULAR SEASON ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• 21st all-time among defensemen in games played (1,270)
• 11th all-time among defensemen in goals (240)
• 24th all-time among defensemen in assists (537)
• 18th all-time among defensemen in points (777)
• 3rd all-time among defensemen in power play goals (136)
• 6th all-time among defensemen in game-winning goals (41)
• 4th all-time among defensemen in shots (3,896)
ADDITIONAL NHL PLAYOFF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• 2001 Stanley Cup Champion with Colorado in 2001
• T-13th all-time among defensemen in goals (26)
• 25th all-time among defensemen in points (73)
• Represented Canada at three Winter Olympic Games: 1998 (named top defenseman of tournament), 2002 (gold medal) and 2006
• Represented Canada the World Championships five times: 1991 (silver medal), 1994 (gold medal), 1997 (gold medal, named best defensemen of tournament), 1998 and 1999
• Represented Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and 2004 (DNP due to injury)
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