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. In 2007, Robitaille was named as Kings President of Business Operations where he oversees all day-to-day business operations of the Kings. In the 2011-2012 season, Robitaille and the Kings franchise achieved a lifetime goal and celebrated their first ever Stanley Cup championship.
Since assuming the position, 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.
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 joined the Kings in 1984. 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.
Robitaille is one of the greatest players in NHL history. He played 19 seasons in the NHL – including 14 with the Kings. 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, Robitaille holds the NHL record for left wingers for goals (668).
When Robitaille had his popular No. 20 jersey retired by the Kings, he became just the fifth player to be so honored by the club. On June 23, 2009, Robitaille was selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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.