On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they will retire the number of former captain Rob Blake next season. The ceremony is set to take place on Jan. 17, when the Kings take on the Anaheim Ducks.
“It is an honor to be included with the former great LA King players who have their Jersey’s retired. I have always felt LA was a special place to play and it was and is a tremendous privilege to put on an LA Kings jersey,” said Blake.
Blake’s No. 4 jersey will be the sixth retired by the reigning Stanley Cup champions; joining Luc Robitaille (#20), Wayne Gretzky (#99), Dave Taylor (#18), Marcel Dionne (#16) and Rogie Vachon (#30).
Selected by Los Angeles in the fourth round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Blake ranks first overall in several categories amongst Kings’ defensemen, including: games played (805), goals (161), assists (333) and points (494). He also won a Norris Trophy with the team in 1998, as the league’s best defenseman.
Aside from his two tours of duty with the Kings, Blake also played with the Colorado Avalanche and the San Jose Sharks. In his career, he played in 1,270 games, amassing 777 points. He captured the only Stanley Cup of his career with the Avalanche in 2001. Blake also won an Olympic gold medal representing Canada in 2002.
After retiring from the NHL in 2010, Blake joined the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. He rejoined the Kings organization last season as the assistant general manager. Now 44, he also serves as the general manager of the Kings’ top minor league affiliate: The Manchester Monarchs. He was Canada’s general manager for their entry in the 2014 World Championships.
Blake will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17 in Toronto, as part of the class of 2014