PRESIDENT, BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Luc 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 fifth season as Kings President, Business Operations, and in his role Robitaille oversees all day-to-day business operations of the Kings, including Ticket Sales and Service, Sponsorship Sales and Service, Marketing, Fan Development and Community Relations, Group Sales, Finance, Broadcasting, Communications and Content, Game Presentation and Human Resources.
Since assuming the position on May 25, 2007, Robitaille has had a tremendous impact on the Kings business operations department specifically and the Kings organization on the whole as his experience as a former player brings a unique perspective to the business side of the club. The Kings have increased their number of sellouts at STAPLES Center each season since Robitaille took over, including 38 total sellouts this past season as the Kings made the playoffs for the second straight year, and under Robitaille’s leadership the Kings’ sponsorship and sales division set a franchise mark in annual revenues last year while the Kings also set a franchise mark for revenue.
Robitaille has also been a driving force behind LA Kings Hockey Fest, a hugely successful event that is now a summer staple for the Kings, and for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at STAPLES Center as the first day of the event drew more than 11,000 fans. He has also helped implement a new Kings Royal Service Program and he has been at the front of a revamped Kings Community Relations department including the club’s strategic Kings Care community partnerships, which is highlighted by the Kings’ $500,000 commitment to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles blood program. In addition, Robitaille has directed the re-organization of the LA Kings Alumni Association.
During the 2006-07 season, following his retirement as a player, Robitaille worked as the Kings’ Assistant to the Governor and Alternate Governor (he remains Alternate Governor). In that Kings/AEG role, Robitaille’s responsibilities primarily focused on the Kings business development and player/community relations, and the continued development of both the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario and the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
Robitaille, who had his popular No. 20 jersey retired by the Kings on January 20, 2007, is one of the greatest players in NHL history. He played 19 seasons in the NHL – including 14 with the Kings -- and in 1,431 career regular season games with the Kings, Detroit Red Wings (where he won a Stanley Cup in 2002), New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, had 1,394 points (668-726=1,394). In 159 playoff games, he had 127 points (58-69=127).
Robitaille as a player was honored with several awards and he set numerous records throughout his long and distinguished career. In addition to being the highest scoring left wing in NHL history, a mark he set in a Kings uniform with an assist on March 22, 2004, with his 1,370th point to pass Hall of Famer John Bucyk, Robitaille holds the NHL record for left wingers for goals (668). He is also 10th in overall NHL goal scoring with 668 goals (he was second among active players at the time of his retirement to former Red Wings teammate Steve Yzerman), 20th in overall NHL scoring with 1,394 points and he is the only left wing in NHL history to record eight consecutive 40-goal seasons (all with the Kings).
With the Kings, Robitaille ranks second all-time in games played (1,077), second in points (1,154) and fourth in assists (597). On January 19, 2006, Robitaille set the Kings all-time record for goals when his 551st goal as a King surpassed former teammate, long-time friend and Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne. In 1,077 total regular season games as a King, Robitaille had 557 goals and 1,154 points.
Robitaille, 45 (2/17/66), joined the Kings in 1984 when the club selected him in the ninth-round (171st overall) in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. As a rookie, the Montreal-born Robitaille became the first King to win the Calder Cup Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year and he was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team. Joined later by the legendary Wayne Gretzky, the pair helped lead the Kings to the club’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993. That season Robitaille, who served as captain, set NHL records for the most goals (63) by a left wing (a mark later eclipsed by Alexander Ovechkin) and for most points (125) by a left wing, a mark that still stands.
Robitaille would go on to reach other milestones in a Kings uniform, including his 500th career goal on January 7, 1999, and he played in his 1,000th game as a King on March 13, 2004. When Robitaille had his jersey retired by the Kings, he became just the fifth player to be so honored (joining Gretzky, Dave Taylor, Dionne and Rogie Vachon) by the club.
On June 23, 2009, Robitaille was selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Hall with former teammates Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull and Brian Leetch in Toronto along with Lou Lamoriello. Robitaille is the third Hall of Fame player (Larry Murphy and Billy Smith are the others) to be drafted by the Kings.
An eight-time All Star, Robitaille has also immersed himself into the Southern California community. Always one of hockey’s most active and accessible Kings, Luc and his wife Stacia are the co-founders of a non-profit organization, Echoes of Hope. Founded in 2007, Echoes of Hope strives to awaken the spirit of hope in the lives of at-risk and emancipated foster youth by providing the resources, knowledge, skills, love and support they need to reach their full potential (www.echoesofhope.org).
Luc and Stacia, have two sons, Steven and Jesse. They reside in Santa Monica.