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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Luuuuuuuc!!!!

It's official. Makes me wanna cry. It's not going to be the same without him. Truly the end of an era. For you non-hockey types, imagine a guy drafted in the ninth round, the 171st pick of that draft, whose skating was suspect, who worked his ass off to become the all-time highest scorer in his position (left wing), Calder Trophy winner (Rookie of the Year), an eight time All Star, a Stanley Cup winner (with Detroit, not L.A. of course) and a future Hall of Famer. Robitaille is from Montreal and barely spoke any English when he arrived here in 1986, but that didn't stop him from falling in love with L.A. and vice-versa. The few years he spent with other teams were not the best of times for Kings fans and apparently not for him either, because he always returned to the L.A. As if all that isn't enough, he's probably the classiest, most genuinely down to earth pro athlete ever. Always upbeat, a family man, a role model, active in the community, wonderful with fans, just one of the most decent people you could imagine. Success never went to his head or changed him. And he's cute. Even at 40 he still has a happy, boyish smile that could light up Staples Center. My words just don't do him justice. He is the professional athlete of every fan's dreams. I'm going to miss him terribly. When the Kings retire his number 20, I plan on being there. I don't go to Staples often (combination of cost, not liking downtown or the arena, and oh yeah, the crappy team) but I definitely want to be there when his jersey his hoisted into the rafters. Thanks for everything Luc. It was an awesome twenty years. Picture stolen from Yahoo Sports because I'm too miserable to care.

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