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Kings to honor Robitaille with statue

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 07 2014 01:32:36 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 07 2014 01:32:37 PM CDT

The Los Angeles Kings will honor Luc Robitaille with a statue in Star Plaza at Staples Center as part of their Legends Night Series, the team announced Thursday.

Robitaille, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who scored 668 goals in a career that saw him spend 14 of his 19 NHL seasons with the Kings, is scheduled to be honored prior to the March 7 game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Robitaille currently serves as president of business operations for the Kings.

The statue, to be created by renowned artists Julie Rotblatt Amrany and Omri Amrany, will join other iconic sculptures of celebrated Los Angeles sports superstars including Wayne Gretzky and Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

In addition, the Kings will also pay tribute to Tony Granato and Barry Melrose during the 2014-15 season. Granato played parts of seven seasons for the Kings and scored a career-high 82 points for the 1992-93 team that went to the Stanley Cup Final, coached by Melrose.

Melrose will be honored on Feb. 12 before the Kings face the Calgary Flames. Granato will be honored on Feb. 24 prior to a game against the Detroit Red Wings. The Kings will wear their vintage jerseys during all three games in the Legends Night Series.