One of the NHL’s top goaltenders during his illustrious 16-year career, Vachon has also served in a number of front office roles throughout his long tenure with the Kings. He currently works for the club as a Royal Ambassador.
With 355 career wins, Vachon ranks 15th on the NHL’s all-time victory list among goalies. He played for Montreal, Detroit and Boston in addition to being a fan favorite as a Kings goalie. With the Canadiens, Vachon played for three Stanley Cup winners and shared the Vezina Trophy with the legendary Gump Worsley in 1967-68 as the league’s top goaltending tandem.
It was in Los Angeles where Vachon ultimately proved he belonged among the premier goalies in the game, serving in net for seven seasons (1971-78) with the Kings. His finest season came in 1974-75 when he posted a 27-14-13 record and a 2.24 goals against average while being named Player of the Year by The Hockey News as the Kings set a franchise-record with 105 points. Overall, he is the Kings’ all-time goaltending leader in games played (389), wins (171) and shutouts (32). He also was named an All-NHL Second-Team selection twice, represented the Kings at three All-Star Games, won numerous team awards including being named the club’s Most Valuable Player three times, and was one of six original members of the Kings Hall of Fame.
Internationally, Vachon excelled as well. In the 1976 Canada Cup, Vachon allowed only 10 goals in the seven-game series (1.44 GAA) for Team Canada, including one shutout and an overtime victory in the finals versus Czechoslovakia. The native of Palmarolle, Quebec, earned MVP honors for his efforts.
After retiring as a player, Vachon joined the Kings in 1982 as an Assistant Coach (in charge of goaltenders). He would ultimately serve as the club’s Interim Head Coach three different times, but his longest tenured front office position came when he was named General Manager on January 30, 1984, a post Vachon held until June 25, 1992. Among the highlights during his tenure were the Kings’ high-profile acquisition of Wayne Gretzky in 1988 and the team’s first division title as they won the Smythe Division with 102 points, including a club-record 46 victories, in 1990-91.
Vachon, 62 (9/8/45), who has also held the titles of Team President, Chief Hockey Operations Officer, Assistant to the Owner and Vice President of Special Projects with the Kings, received one of the great honors in team sports with the Kings retired his No. 30 jersey on February 14, 1985. He was the first Kings player to be so honored, with Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Gretzky and Luc Robitaille having since joined Vachon on the wall at STAPLES Center.
Rogie (whose given name is Rogatien) and his wife, Nicole, reside in Venice. They have three children: son Nicholas and daughters Jade and Mary Joy.