The Los Angeles Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Thursday afternoon that former Kings captain, Rob Blake will serve as Assistant General Manager of the Kings and General Manager of the Manchester Monarchs, AHL affiliate of the Kings.
Rob Blake has replaced former Assistant General Manager of the Kings/General Manager of the Monarchs Ron Hextall who was hired by the Philadelphia Flyers. Blake was selected 70th overall in the 1988 draft, before joining the Kings he played at Bowling Green State University in college. Blake had the most goals, assists, and points of all Kings’ defensemen. Blake had played 14 of his 20 NHL seasons with the Kings and was the captain from 1996-2001. In 2001 he went to the Colorado Avalanche where he later won the Stanley Cup that year. Rob won the Norris Trophy in 1998. In Rob’s 20 season NHL career he made one trip to the Winter Olympics in 2002 where he won a gold medal and made 6 appearances in the NHL All-Star Game.
Blake’s most recent role in the NHL was working for the player Safety Department for the past 3 seasons. Luc Robitaille shared his thoughts of Blake joining the Kings, “For us to have him (Rob Blake) on our organization, I think is an amazing plus and its going to bring a whole different package…” Luc also stated, “He started as a king and he’s always going to be a King at heart, he lives in L.A, he loves hockey, and he’s been following us for the past few years and knows our roster pretty well.” He stated in an exclusive interview with Daryl Evans. His job with the Kings and Monarchs is to begin immediately as he hopes to help bring the Stanley Cup back to Los Angeles and the Calder Cup to Manchester for the first time.