LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles Kings announced today they will retire the No. 4 jersey worn by Rob Blake on Jan. 17 in connection with his selection to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Blake’s white jersey from the “silver and black” era will hang from the rafters at Staples Center. He will be the sixth player to have his jersey retired by the Kings, joining Marcel Dionne, Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Dave Taylor and Rogie Vachon.
Blake was selected by the Kings in the fourth round of the 1988 entry draft. He played 14 of his 20 NHL seasons with the Kings and holds the team records for games, goals, assists and points by a defenseman. In 1998, he became the first King to receive the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman.
Blake will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. He is now a Kings vice president/assistant general manager.