Los Angeles Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille has been honored with a prestigious Hockey Hall of Fame position as announced today by Pat Quinn, the Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
A 2009 Hall of Fame inductee as the highest scoring left wing of all time, Robitaille was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee along with Philadelphia Flyers Senior Vice-President Bob Clarke and Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations and General Manager David Poile. Columbus Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson, who previously sat on the Selection Committee, will succeed Jim Gregory as the Chairman of the Selection Committee as announced at the Directors’ meeting earlier today in Toronto.
The group will meet on June 23 and 24 to consider candidates for election to the Hockey Hall of Fame, with the announcement of this year’s inductees announced on June 24. The 2014 Induction Celebration will be held on November 10.
Rob Blake, the Kings’ Assistant General Manager, is a player whose Hall of Fame nomination could take place while Robitaille holds the post.
There has also been speculation that Rogie Vachon, whose Los Angeles Kings all-time win total of 171 was recently eclipsed by Jonathan Quick, could benefit from Robitaille being chosen for the post. Vachon, who appeared in 795 games with the Kings, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins, owned a 355-291-127 record with a 2.99 goals-against average. His 355 wins rank 17th all-time, while his 51 shutouts are tied for the 22nd most in NHL history.
Colin Campbell and Igor Larionov were also reappointed to the Selection Committee.
“John has been a dedicated member of the Selection Committee since 1999 and the Board’s appointment to the Chairman’s role recognizes his expertise and long-time contribution to the game as a player, media representative and hockey executive along with the fact that he is still very active in the game,” Quinn said in a statement. “I am also very pleased to welcome Bob, David and Luc, all three accomplished and knowledgeable hockey people, with the utmost confidence that the Selection Committee will continue its integral work honoring excellence in the game of hockey.”
The Hall of Fame’s press release can be read here.