Kings Announce Contract Extensions
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings, the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions, have agreed to multi-year contract extensions with Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille and Head Coach Darryl Sutter, Kings Governor Tim Leiweke announced today.
“We are ecstatic that we have kept our leadership team in place both on the hockey side with Dean and Darryl and on the business side with Luc and remain in a position to continue competing for the Stanley Cup for many more years. They have all done a fantastic job in their respective areas and they have put together outstanding leadership teams. They collectively are a huge reason our franchise is enjoying the success we
are enjoying. Now the challenge is to stay on top of that mountain,” said Leiweke.
Lombardi was named the eighth General Manager in Kings’ history on April 21, 2006. A veteran of 25 NHL seasons in the front office as an executive and a pro scout, Lombardi’s well-earned reputation for being one of hockey’s true visionaries was instrumental in the Kings winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
As the club’s President/General Manager, he is responsible for all hockey operations decisions, including all NHL player-personnel moves, directing the professional and amateur scouting staffs, negotiating all contract matters and overseeing the Manchester Monarchs.
Lombardi has clearly valued the draft more than any other GM in Kings’ history, and the talent the Kings have drafted since 2006 is the envy of hockey clubs around the league. Lombardi also effectively identified a core group of players shortly after his arrival to L.A., and masterfully complimented that core group with key veterans that had winning track records and great character. The results speak for themselves as over the last three seasons the Kings have registered 294 points, a franchise record.
Robitaille -- who in 2009 was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame -- is the highest scoring left wing in NHL history and the all-time Kings leader in goals scored. He is in his sixth season as Kings President, Business Operations, and since assuming the position on May 25, 2007, Robitaille has had a tremendous impact on the whole as his experience as a former player brings a unique perspective to the business side of the club.
In his current position, Robitaille continues to help impact the Kings business operations department, especially in the areas of sponsorship sales and renewal, fan and customer relations, game entertainment, media relations and broadcasting. He has been a driving force behind unique events including LA Kings Hockey Fest and the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at STAPLES Center.
Since 2007-08 and under Robitaille’s leadership, the Kings have increased their number of sellouts at STAPLES Center each season. Last season the Kings sold out a STAPLES Center-record 37 (of 39 games as the club had two “home” game in Europe) contests and they enter this season expecting to sellout every game. Last year the Kings enjoyed an average attendance of 18,119 – best in club history, while also enjoying record revenues on the whole.
Darryl Sutter is in his second season as Head Coach and his first full season after being hired on December 20, 2011. Last year he helped lead the Kings to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship as the team went 16-4 in the postseason and, prior to that, 25-13-11 in the regular season with him behind the bench.
Sutter, the 24th head coach in Kings’ history, came to the Kings with a wealth of NHL experience. His teams have eclipsed the 40-win mark five times, the 100 points mark twice, and his clubs have finished in first place three times. He is also only one of nine head coaches in NHL history to lead three different teams to 100 wins. Sutter’s teams have qualified for the postseason 11 of his 12 seasons.
Sutter was previously the General Manager of the Calgary Flames and he held that position from the 2003-04 season until he resigned on December 28, 2010. Sutter also served as Calgary’s Head Coach from 2002-03 through 2005-06 (he held dual roles as Head Coach and General Manager from 2003-04 through 2005-06). As the Head Coach of the Flames for three seasons, Sutter compiled a 107-73-30 record in the regular season and an 18-15 record in the postseason. He led Calgary to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final and a first-place finish in the Northwest Division in 2006 when the Flames finished with a 46-25-11 record (103 points).