ROGIE VACHON - 30
Retired Feb. 14, 1985
Vachon spent seven seasons (1971-72 to 1977-78) with the Kings putting an undeniable mark on the club's record book. He is the Kings' all-time leader in games played (389), wins (171) and shutouts (32). Perhaps his greatest season wearing the Forum purple and gold was 1974-75, the year Vachon posted a 27-14-13 record (including six shutouts) and a 2.24 GAA. The Hockey News rewarded Vachon by naming him the NHL Player of the Year.
After Vachon ended his playing career during the 1981-82 season, he returned to the Kings as an assistant coach. On Jan. 30, 1984, Vachon was named General Manager of the Kings, a post he held for eight-plus seasons. Active in the community, he serves as co-chair of the Paralysis Project of America.
| MARCEL DIONNE - 16
Retired Nov. 8, 1990
The 1975 acquisition of Dionne brought Kings fans a player who performed offensive magic like no King before. In his second Kings season, (1976-77), Dionne became the first player in club history to score 50-plus goals (53) and 100-plus points (122).
Dionne's greatest glory as a King came as a member of the famed "Triple Crown Line." Centering a line with right winger Dave Taylor and left winger Charlie Simmer during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dionne posted the biggest numbers of his career.
Before a 1987-trade sent Dionne to the New York Rangers, he set Kings career scoring records that still stand: 757 assists and 1,307 points. Dionne retired from the NHL before the 1989-90 season and at the time, his scoring accomplishments (731 goals, 1,040 assists and 1,771 points) were surpassed by only two men - Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.
Dionne currently operates Marcel Dionne Enterprises, Ltd., in Upstate New York.
| DAVE TAYLOR - 18
Retired April 3, 1995
No player in the history of the Kings ever wore the uniform with more distinction and class than Dave Taylor For 17 seasons, Taylor gave his all, both on and off the ice, receiving All-Star status for his outstanding play. He was rewarded with the retirement of his jersey on April 3, 1995.
Taylor served in a variety of front office positions with the Kings including the position of President, Hockey Operations/General Manager. He left the Kings organization in 2007.
A virtually unknown prospect while playing at Clarkson University, Taylor was the Kings’ 15th round pick in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. His grit and work ethic kept him around long enough to hook up with a center named Marcel Dionne, who helped ignite Taylor’s career. As a member of the renowned “Triple Crown Line” with Dionne and left wing Charlie Simmer, Taylor became a prolific scorer who also packed a fearsome check. Before retiring at the end of the 1993-94 season, Taylor played in 1,111 games and recorded 431 goals, 638 assists and 1,069 points.
Throughout Taylor’s distinguished career, he endured the highs and lows with equal temperament. His crowning glory was reaching the Stanley Cup Finals with the 1992-93 Kings.
Away from the ice, Taylor continues to work tirelessly for numerous charities. He and Jim Fox annually co-host the Cystic Fibrosis Golf Classic which has raised more than $3 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation over the last 20 years. In 1991, the NHL honored Taylor’s contributions to hockey and the community by awarding him both the Masterton and King Clancy trophies. He currently serves as the Director, Player Personnel for the Dallas Stars.
| WAYNE GRETZKY - 99
Retired Oct. 9, 2002
To many, Gretzky was the sport of hockey. The arrival of "The Great One" in 1988 brought instant credibility and notoriety to the franchise. Sellout crowds became the norm at the famed Great Western Forum, and all of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood quickly followed. A ticket to a Kings game to see Gretzky was a must.
Gretzky -- the greatest scorer in the history of the National Hockey League with 2,857 points -- played eight seasons in Los Angeles during which he won the NHL's scoring title (Art Ross Trophy) on three occasions (1989-90, 90-91, 93-94); was named the league's Most Valuable Player (Hart Memorial Trophy) once (1988-89); and he led the Kings on their storied run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993.
Fourth on the Kings all-time scoring list, Gretzky recorded 918 points (246-672=918) in only 539 games with the Kings. He is also the Kings all-time leading scorer in the playoffs with 94 points (29-65=94) in 60 post-season contests. Some of his more memorable highlights as a King include Oct. 15, 1989, when he became the NHL's all-time leading scorer, passing Gordie Howe's total of 1,850 points; and March 23, 1994, when he became the NHL's all-time leading goal-scorer, also surpassing Howe with goal No. 802.
To only call Gretzky "The Great One" may be an understatement. His many records and accomplishments are legendary. But the fact his name is basically synonymous with the sport of hockey might not be superseded by any other athlete in any other major sport.
Gretzky currently serves as head coach of the Pacific Division-rival Phoenix Coyotes.
| LUC ROBITAILLE - 20
Retired Jan. 20, 2007
The highest scoring left wing in NHL history, Robitaille’s accomplishments with the Kings are nearly unmatched, including the most goals ever by a King. He played 14 of his 19 NHL seasons with the Kings, and his prolific scoring touch, on-ice determination and will to win is unrivaled.
But it is Robitaille’s true and genuine passion for the game -- and for the fans of Los Angeles in particular – that has helped elevate him into a unique grouping of athletes in this community. Robitaille has been as active off the ice as he was on the ice, promoting the sport of hockey and in numerous charitable endeavors.
Since retiring as a player, Robitaille has turned his attention to the business aspect of the Kings. He was named as the President of Business Operations for the Kings in 2007 and his day-to-day work in helping give the Kings stand-alone leadership while continuing to instill a sense of passion and pride throughout the Kings organization is crucial to the long-term vision of the hockey club.