Robitaille named president of USHL's Omaha Lancers
OMAHA, Neb. -- The highest-scoring left winger in NHL history will now try his hand behind a desk.
Luc Robitaille, who retired from the NHL in April after 19 stellar seasons, on Thursday was named president of the United States Hockey League's Omaha Lancers.
Robitaille, a sure-fire Hall of Famer once he becomes eligible in three years, is part of the Lancers' ownership group that includes current Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux and 1980 U.S. Olympic hero Mike Eruzione.
"I've been around hockey my whole life, and now that the opportunity is here, I will become more involved with the Lancers," Robitaille said. "I'm excited to have more time with the players, staff and supporters on a more personal level. The 'Commitment to Excellence' has always been a part of this organization, but with the help of fellow owner Mike Hastings, I want to take this team to the next level."
A ninth-round pick of Los Angeles in 1984, Robitaille went on to win the Calder Trophy three years later and made eight All-Star Game appearances during his career. The 40-year-old appeared in 65 games with the Kings last season, recording 15 goals and 24 points.
Robitaille registered 668 goals and 726 assists for 1,394 points in 1,428 NHL games with the Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings. He is Los Angeles' all-time leader with 557 goals.
A native of Montreal, Robitaille played 14 of his 19 seasons with the Kings, serving three different tours of duty with the club.
Robitaille holds the single-season record for goals and points by a left winger with 63 and 125, respectively, set in 1992-93 with the Kings. He recorded three 50-goal seasons and is the only left winger in NHL history to compile eight consecutive 40-goal seasons.
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