Tom in NO
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Luc Robitaille To Retire At End Of Season

Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:03 am

This won't mean much to those who don't follow the NHL, but one of the class players of the league is hanging up his skates at season's end.....and the way his team is playing, that'll be in another week or so.

Luc Robitaille is the top scoring left winger in NHL history. He started, and spent the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Kings, also spending time in Detroit (where he won a Stanley Cup), Pittsburgh, and New York. He also holds the Kings goal scoring record, passing Marcel Dionne this season I believe.

I'm sure it won't be long before those of us who attend Kings games at Staples Center see his jersey (#20) retired, and hung up on the wall next to Rogie Vachon, Dionne, Dave Taylor, and Wayne Gretzky.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2405349

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RE: Luc Robitaille To Retire At End Of Season

Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:35 am

Yeah a great career for Robitaille, I am sure it was a tough decision but probably the right one. I think for lots of the vetrans, the year off for the strike will cause several more to make similar decisions. At least he was able to carry the cup.
 
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RE: Luc Robitaille To Retire At End Of Season

Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:40 am

It's so dissapointing to see so many top-quality NHLers of old retiring this year because they either got injured or couldn't keep adapt to the "New NHL" (Refer to: Brett Hull, PROBABLY Stevie Y, Andreychuck, Lemieux, Palffy, etc.)

It would be nicer to see some guys go out on top with a Stanley Cup, or at the very least, have a complete-but-mediocre season.

Although, at the same time, it's encouraging to see the younger guys have their hey-day. (Refer to: Savard, Ovechkin, Crosby, Spezza, Heatley, etc.)
This shows that the "New NHL" is indeed a much-needed change to the game.

It will be interesting to see how long Jagr's new-found energy will last over the next couple years, and to see if he will become the greedy money-grabber of his past...
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RE: Luc Robitaille To Retire At End Of Season

Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:57 am

Lucky Luc was one of the players I idolized growing up playing hockey as I was a left winger too, sad to see him go.

Quoting Iamcanadian (Reply 2):
It would be nicer to see some guys go out on top with a Stanley Cup, or at the very least, have a complete-but-mediocre season.

thats exactly what Andreychuck should have done.

Quoting Iamcanadian (Reply 2):
It would be nicer to see some guys go out on top with a Stanley Cup, or at the very least, have a complete-but-mediocre season.

But then you get the guys who hang on by a string for a few years hoping for that last crack at the cup, and they become to old, slow and slowly fizzle away into the sunset.
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RE: Luc Robitaille To Retire At End Of Season

Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:28 am

Quoting TuffGong (Reply 3):
But then you get the guys who hang on by a string for a few years hoping for that last crack at the cup, and they become to old, slow and slowly fizzle away into the sunset.

That's exactly what Andreychuck did... sort of.

He decided to stay after winning the cup, knowing full well that he could have pulled a "Ray Bourque" and retired after winning it. Instead, he tried to stay, and in his words he "couldn't keep up"...
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RE: Luc Robitaille To Retire At End Of Season

Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:35 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Thread starter):
I'm sure it won't be long before those of us who attend Kings games at Staples Center see his jersey (#20) retired, and hung up on the wall next to Rogie Vachon, Dionne, Dave Taylor, and Wayne Gretzky.

Better not put #20 next to #99, they will probably bicker again  Silly

When I was growing up and watching hockey, I knew 2 names perfectly. One, obviously, was Wayne Gretsky. The second was Luc Robitaille. They were my heroes in that sport and combined to make Kings Hockey the greatest show on ice in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It is a pity that they made that bullsh!t call on Marty McSorley's stick or we would have a Stanley Cup banner in Los Angeles because of those two.
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RE: Luc Robitaille To Retire At End Of Season

Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:40 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 5):
They were my heroes in that sport and combined to make Kings Hockey the greatest show on ice in the late 1980s and early 1990s

It wasn't "the greatest show on ice" to us Calgarians! The memory of Gretzky's goal to put the Flames away during the playoffs is still repressed in just about every Flames fan alive  crazy 
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RE: Luc Robitaille To Retire At End Of Season

Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:46 am

Quoting Iamcanadian (Reply 6):
It wasn't "the greatest show on ice" to us Calgarians! The memory of Gretzky's goal to put the Flames away during the playoffs is still repressed in just about every Flames fan alive

Well, that is what you get for being an Albertan  Silly. Besides, didn't you guys get a cup around that time too?
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RE: Luc Robitaille To Retire At End Of Season

Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:57 am

I remember seeing Lucky in a playoff game against the Blues. He was a magnificent actor! The stick blade was more than a foot away from his face, but he sold it to the refs like it was a season ending injury  Smile

Luc was a wonderful player and a great sportsman. Good luck, Luc!

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RE: Luc Robitaille To Retire At End Of Season

Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:02 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 5):
It is a pity that they made that bullsh!t call on Marty McSorley's stick or we would have a Stanley Cup banner in Los Angeles because of those two.

Back in "81-'82 we had the "Miracle On Manchester" when the Kings came from 5 goals down in the 3rd period to beat the Gretzky-led Oilers 6-5 in OT. The '92-'93 Finals were known as "Madness on Manchester". And yes, the Kings got screwed on the McSorley call. But to lose three striaght in OT in that series was heartbreaking.

Btw, speaking of Manchester, Staples has its certain charm, but the Fabulous Forum was the place to see a hockey game.

Quoting Iamcanadian (Reply 6):
The memory of Gretzky's goal to put the Flames away during the playoffs is still repressed in just about every Flames fan alive

Yes, but I would have figured you guys would also still be smarting from Krushelnyski's lying-on-the-ice hacking-at-the-puck flipping it over a fallen Mike Vernon OT goal to knock the Flames out of the '89'-90' playoffs.

I've got that goal on tape if you ever want to see it again  wink .

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RE: Luc Robitaille To Retire At End Of Season

Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:18 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 9):
But to lose three striaght in OT in that series was heartbreaking.

Well, there is a reason Patrick Roy is the best goalie ever.

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 9):
Btw, speaking of Manchester, Staples has its certain charm, but the Fabulous Forum was the place to see a hockey game.

The Forum was the better venue generally, especially for the Lakers. Staples, to be fair, is still a great building and has really helped downtown
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