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[Report] Kings to retire Rob Blake’s number on January 17th


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The franchise leader in games played, goals, assists and points by a defenseman to have his No. 4 raised to the rafters:

Los Angeles, CA - The Los Angeles Kings announced Monday that the team will retire the No. 4 jersey of former defenseman Rob Blake this coming season.

The ceremony will take place prior to the Kings' January 17 game against Anaheim.

Blake, a member of the 2014 class bound for the Hockey Hall of Fame, played parts of 14 seasons during two stints with the Kings and is the franchise's all-time leader in games played (805), goals (161), assists (333) and points (494) by a defenseman.

"It is an honor to be included with the former great LA King players who have their jersey's retired," Blake said. "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."

Blake will become the sixth Kings player to have his jersey hang from the rafters of the Staples Center, joining Rogie Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille.

A former Norris Trophy winner, Blake currently serves the Kings' assistant general manager.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=459201

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Why did it take so long? He was damn good for them.

I am guessing they waited till he was in HHOF. Also there was a bit of animosity among Kings fans since he signed in San Jose. Not really a big deal but its like if the Sedins signed with Oilers/Flames, bound to piss off the Canucks fan base.

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I am guessing they waited till he was in HHOF. Also there was a bit of animosity among Kings fans since he signed in San Jose. Not really a big deal but its like if the Sedins signed with Oilers/Flames, bound to piss off the Canucks fan base.

Guess that makes sense. Although I don't think I'd personally be upset if the Sedins chose Calgary or Edmonton. If they went to Chicago or LA I'd be pretty angry, lol.
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