Few players epitomize all that is right about hockey better than the Los Angeles Kings‘ legend Luc Robitaille. “Lucky Luc” went from being a late-round afterthought to being the most productive left wing in the history of the NHL, with the majority of his points coming with in L.A. The Kings have rightfully decided to honor Robitaille by building a statue in his honor outside of the Staples Center.
Staples Center already has statues honoring Los Angeles Lakers greats Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbbar and Jerry West, boxer and East L.A. native Oscar De La Hoya and of course Robitaille’s former teammate Wayne Gretzky. It speaks volumes about the impact Robitaille had on the team and on the city of Los Angeles for him to be in such elite company.
The statue will be unveiled on Mar. 7, 2015 before a game against another team Robitaille played for in the Pittsburgh Penguins. Though he left L.A. to suit up for the Penguins, New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, Robitaille will be forever a King. Every time he left he came back and in total had three stints with the Kings that saw him play over 1,000 games, recording 557 goals and 597 assists during his time in the City of Angels.
While Robitaille never won a Stanley Cup with the Kings, on the ice his role within the organization helped make the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cups a reality. He has earned this statue and all of the accolades that go with bronze immortality. It’s pretty ironic that Staples Center will now have two of the greatest passers in the history of sports (Johnson and Gretzky) and two of the greatest finishers (Kareem and Robitaille) immortalized outside the building.