January 27, 2013 |
Before the Kings hoisted their 2012 Stanley Cup banner to the rafters of Staples Center, the biggest decision they had was choosing a company to make it. Luc Robitaille, the team's president of business operations, said the club decided to go with New England Banner & Flag in Watertown, Mass. "It was important to us that we did the right banner for our fans," Robitaille said. "So we took our time to choose the right company and it was important for us to choose a company who had some history and for us to choose a company that showed our brand the right way. " That led the Kings to Steve Viola in Watertown.
January 18, 2013 |
The Stanley Cup champion Kings took care of another bit of housekeeping -- an important one -- by finalizing the contract extensions of General Manager Dean Lombardi, Coach Darryl Sutter and executive Luc Robitaille on Friday morning. Lombardi also holds the title of team president and Robitaille is the team's president in charge of business operations. As reported earlier this week by The Times' Helene Elliott , Lombardi's four-year extension runs through the 2016-17 season.
December 7, 2012 |
Now that the Kings have won the Stanley Cup, Luc Robitaille has accomplished pretty much all there is to accomplish in the NHL. Now, how about an Emmy for voice work? The legendary Kings star and current president of business operations has a prominent role on the season premiere of the Disney Channel's animated children's show "Phineas and Ferb" on Friday night. "It was a lot of fun. The guys over there are big hockey fans. It was fun to be there," Robitaille told NHL.com.
November 29, 2012 |
When David Courtney returned to the Kings for a second tour of duty in 1985 their staff was small enough to meet in a closet, which was no problem because that's where his office was located. Luc Robitaille, a scared rookie in 1986, vividly remembers his first encounter with the man whose warm, booming voice was a true reflection of the man himself. "He was our PR guy. He did video. He did a lot of things," said Robitaille, now Kings' president of business operations and one of many employees.
October 12, 2012 |
This was to be the night it would hit home that it wasn't a dream, that the Kings really did win the Stanley Cup. It was almost surreal while it unfolded. Their rampage through the playoffs was capped by a crazy celebration on the ice June 11, followed quickly by a parade and glimpses the next few months of the Cup sitting in someone's hayloft, shining at someone else's pool party or taking a boat ride against a distant and exotic backdrop. With fans and players reunited to watch the championship banner rise high above the ice at Staples Center there would have been a happy closure to a remarkable season.
October 1, 2012 |
The Stanley Cup, newly engraved with the names of Kings players, executives and staffers, will be making a few appearances in Southern California this week before continuing its travels and, eventually, finding its way back to the region. On Tuesday the Cup will visit six local rinks, where fans who have won special raffles will have their pictures taken with the trophy. Proceeds from those raffles will go to help youth hockey programs at the Ontario Ice Skating Center, L.A. Kings Icetown in Riverside, KHS Ice Arena in Anaheim, Aliso Viejo Ice Palace, Glacial Gardens in Lakewood and Ice Chalet Palos Verdes.
September 21, 2012 |
NORBERTVILLE, Canada - Madeleine Robitaille could have requested anything from her Hockey Hall of Fame son Luc and he would have moved mountains to give it to her, but that isn't her way. She and her husband, Claude, worked hard for all they had as they raised three kids in Montreal, Madeleine unfailingly elegant from her well-coiffed head to her stylish feet. "We always joke that everything she wears matches," said Luc, the Kings' president of business operations and dutiful son who calls his parents at least three times a week.
July 24, 2012 |
What happens when a team that plays in Hollywood's backyard wins the first Stanley Cup in franchise history? They get their own movie premiere, of course. On Monday night, the premiere of the Kings' official Stanley Cup DVD took place at Regal Cinemas in L.A. Live. It was a full red carpet affair, with several Kings in attendance, including Matt Greene and Jarret Stoll. And although the movie probably won't surpass "The Dark Knight Rises" at the box office, it will please and thrill Kings fans who have been waiting a long time for something like this.
June 26, 2012 |
Just when it seems the Kings finally have everything - the Stanley Cup, the love of a city, the respect of a league - it turns out something is still missing. It's three inches in diameter, weighs about six ounces, and is absolutely huge. The Kings may have discovered their championship soul, but they still can't find their championship puck. Two weeks after winning their first Stanley Cup in the franchise's 45-year history, the Kings don't know the whereabouts of the puck that was on the ice when the final game ended.
June 14, 2012 |
Thursday's celebration rally just might have been the first time the Kings were able to sit back and let the Stanley Cup championship sink in. In front of 18,000 fans at Staples Center, captain Dustin Brown said it was difficult to describe the feeling. "It's a pretty special moment," the forward said. PHOTOS: Kings Stanley Cup parade Forward Anze Kopitar echoed Brown's sentiments. "It's been quite a journey here these last six years," he said. "They weren't all smooth-sailing, but the last couple months, we made it pretty special.