Kings to retire Rob Blake’s No. 4 jersey on Jan. 17

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Kings announced that defenseman Rob Blake’s No. 4 jersey will be retired on Jan. 17 before their game against the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center.

The announcement came less than two months after Blake was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

It will be the NHL’s second number retirement that month. The Ducks will raise Teemu Selanne’s No. 8 to the rafters at Honda Center on Jan. 11.

Blake is the Kings’ all-time leader among defensemen in games (805), goals (161), assists (333), points (494), power-play goals (92), game-winning goals (29) and shots (2,468).

Blake went to the 1993 Stanley Cup Final, was named team captain in 1996 and won the 1998 Norris Trophy with the Kings but was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 2001 because the Kings couldn’t meet his contract demands.

He returned to the Kings in 2006 and served as captain in 2007-08 before finishing his career with the San Jose Sharks. He is currently assistant general manager of the Kings.

Blake, currently assistant general manager of the Kings, will join Wayne Gretzky (99), Marcel Dionne (16), Dave Taylor (18), Luc Robitaille (20) and Rogie Vachon (30), whose numbers were retired by the team.

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