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ON THE SPOT WITH STEVE DUCHESNE

Thursday, 09.04.2008 / 12:24 AM / Multimedia
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ON THE SPOT WITH STEVE DUCHESNE
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LAKings.com's Mike Kalinowski continued his "On The Spot With Seires" interviewing different Kings alumni each week.

This week's interview, Steve Duchesne.

 On The Spot with Steve Duchesne 

Position: Defenseman
Born: June 30, 1965 (Sept-Iles, Quebec)
Acquired By Kings: Originally signed by the Kings as a free agent on Oct. 1, 1984. Later signed with the Kings as a free agent on July 2, 1998.
Years With The Kings: 1986-91, 1998-99
Career With The Kings:

  • Recorded 315 points (99-216=315) in 442 career regular season games with the Kings.
  • Named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team (along with Luc Robitaille and Jimmy Carson) following the 1986-87 season.
  • Represented the Kings in the NHL All-Star Game in both 1989 and 1990.
  • Holds the Kings record for most goals scored by a defenseman in one season (25 goals in 1988-89).
  • His 99 career goals with the Kings rank second all-time among franchise blue-liners.
  • He also ranks among the all-time best Kings defensemen in assists (216, third all-time), points (315, second all-time) and plus/minus (plus-49, third-all-time).
  • Helped the Kings advance to the postseason in each of his first five seasons with the club.
  • Totaled 39 points (13-26=39) in 43 career postseason games with the Kings.
  • Shares the club record for most points by a defenseman in one playoff year (12 points; 4-8=12 during the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs) and holds the team record for most points by a defenseman in one playoff series (8 points; 2-6=8 vs. Calgary during the 1990 Stanley Cup Playoffs).
Other Noteworthy Accomplishments:
  • Appeared 1,113 career NHL regular season games during his 16-year NHL career.
  • Totaled 752 points (227-525=752) during his 16 seasons with the Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Quebec Nordiques, St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings.
  • Won the Stanley Cup in 2002 with Detroit.
  • Named to the NHL All-Star Game while with Quebec in 1993.
  • Scored a career-high 82 points (20-62=82) in 82 games with Quebec in 1993.
  • Officially announced his retirement from the game on Oct, 20, 2002.
Interview Highlights:
  • Has signed on with several other Kings Alumni to participate in the Kings Fantasy Camp, scheduled for Sept. 6-7 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.
  • Says the Kings gave him a chance and really boosted his confidence by inviting him to Training Camp in 1984.
  • Says he bonded quickly with both Marcel Dionne and Luc Robitaille during his first season with the Kings in 1986-87.
  • Had an English tutor during his one season in New Haven of the American Hockey League (1985-86).
  • Credits former Kings Head Coach Pat Quinn for taking a chance on him that first season with the Kings (1986-87).
  • Talks about where he was when he first heard that Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Kings prior to the start of the 1988-89 season and how things changed for the players with Gretzky as a teammate.
  • Talks about winning the Stanley Cup with his close friend, Luc Robitaille, in 2002 with Detroit.
  • Talks about his maturation as a player over the years as he went from being a pure scorer to a more defensive defenseman.
  • Watched the Kings play Montreal in the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals as a fan at the Forum after being traded from LA to Philadelphia two seasons prior.
  • Talks about what it took to when the Stanley Cup in 2002 after Detroit lost its first two playoff games against Vancouver in a first round playoff series that year.