Luc Robitaille statue to be placed outside of Staples Center in March

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A statue of Hockey Hall of Fame member Luc Robitaille will be unveiled outside Staples Center on March 7, the Los Angeles Kings announced today.

The unveiling will coincide with the final game of the Kings three-game Legends Series, which also will consist of a Feb. 12 game honoring former coach Barry Melrose and a Feb. 24 contest saluting Tony Granato, who played left wing for the Kings in 1989-96.

The statue will be created by Julie Rotblatt Amrany and Omri Amrany and will be the seventh in Star Plaza, joining those of retired Los Angeles Laker stars Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Jerry West, late Lakers announcer Chick Hearn, retired Kings star Wayne Gretzky and retired boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya.

Robitaille — selected by the Kings in the ninth round of the 1984 entry draft — received the Calder Memorial Trophy for the 1986-87 season, signifying the NHL’s rookie of the year, and scored 668 goals during a 19- season NHL career, the most by a left wing.

His 557 goals in 14 seasons with the Kings is a team record.

Robitaille has been the Kings president of business operations since May 25, 2007.

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