A hearty congratulations to Rogie Vachon, who was named to the 2016 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame. This is an overdue honor for the first superstar in the history of the Los Angeles Kings organization and the first player to have his jersey retired by the club.
— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) June 27, 2016
Vachon, who appeared in net in Los Angeles from 1971-78, ranks second in franchise history in games played (389), wins (171) and shutouts (32). Given the pace of play in the era, his 1974-75 season, in which he posted a record of 27-14-13 with a 2.24 goals-against average and .926 save percentage, is among the greatest seasons by any goaltender in league history. Twice an All-NHL Second-Team selection, Vachon appeared in three All-Star Games and was named the club’s Most Valuable Player three times. Vachon also served as general manager of the Kings from January, 1984, through June, 1992, and served as the club’s head coach for 10 games split between the 1983-84, 1987-88 and 1994-95 seasons.
The late Pat Quinn, also named to this year’s Hall of Fame class, coached Los Angeles from 1984-87, compiling a record of 75-101-26.
This year’s induction will take place on Monday, November 14 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
From LA Kings Insider and its readers, congratulations, Rogie!
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