December 31, 1988
Dec. 3: Why did it have to come to this? We hear that Wayne Gretzky is mad at Coach Robbie Ftorek, that Robbie thinks he can win without Wayne, and everyone else keeps quiet because they're afraid of being traded. Has anyone noticed who hasn't been mentioned in any of this? How about Rogatien Vachon? Vachon should take the initiative or just bow out gracefully and let Bruce McNall get a general manager who realizes that the second word in his title is manager. DOMINICK ANASTASI Redondo Beach
May 22, 1998 |
Embarrassed in the playoffs the last two years, the New Jersey Devils will start over next season with former King coach Robbie Ftorek. The New Jersey assistant was hired Thursday to succeed Jacques Lemaire, who quit after his team was ousted in the first round after finishing with the best record in the conference. "There is no question in my mind that Robbie is the right man for this responsibility," Devil General Manager Lou Lamoriello said in East Rutherford, N.J.
April 13, 1989 |
It is not the habit of the Edmonton Oilers to lose playoff games at the Northlands Coliseum. They didn't do so last year and they haven't done so this year. In fact, they've won 14 straight on their home ice. Which is not to say the Oilers can't be beaten in Edmonton. "Oh, they've lost there before," Coach Robbie Ftorek of the Kings said. Tonight, Ftorek is going to have to find a way for them to be beaten again if the Kings are not to be ousted from the National Hockey League playoffs.
April 26, 1989 |
On the morning after the Kings were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, Coach Robbie Ftorek and General Manager Rogie Vachon were back in their offices at the Forum, meeting with the players and starting to think about next season. One by one Tuesday the players met with Ftorek and then with Vachon. There are a few loose ends to be tied up before the book can be closed on the season. Ftorek is not the only one whose return is in question. Vachon had to break it to some of the Kings that there is still a "player to be named later" as compensation to the Islanders for goalie Kelly Hrudey.
May 3, 1989 |
The Kings fired Coach Robbie Ftorek on Tuesday, inviting him to a noon meeting with General Manager Rogie Vachon, who informed him that his contract would not be renewed. It was a move that had long been expected, and not even Ftorek was very surprised. Ftorek was not fired because of the Kings' record this season or because the Kings did not win the Stanley Cup. Their regular-season mark was 42-31-7, their third-best ever, good for fourth place overall in the league, up from 18th the previous season.
December 21, 1987 |
The Kings had more trouble getting to Calgary Sunday than they had in scoring an improbable victory over the Flames Sunday night at the Olympic Saddledome. Their 7:50 a.m. flight from LAX was delayed more than 2 1/2 hours, and several players had their baggage misplaced by the airline. By the time they checked into their downtown hotel, it was less than three hours before the start of the game.