Rob Blake

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Rob Blake
Hockey Hall of Fame, 2014
Rob Blake - 2014.jpg
Blake in June 2014.
Born (1969-12-10) December 10, 1969 (age 44)
Simcoe, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Los Angeles Kings
Colorado Avalanche
San Jose Sharks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 70th overall, 1988
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1989–2010

Robert Bowlby Blake (born December 10, 1969) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player and the current assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally drafted by the Kings in 1988, appearing in the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, winning the James Norris Memorial Trophy and serving as team captain for five seasons in his initial 11 season-stint with the club. In 2001, Blake was traded to the Colorado Avalanche and helped the team win their second Stanley Cup championship. This was also Blake's first and only time winning the Stanley Cup. After a two-season return to Los Angeles, Blake signed with the Sharks in 2008, retiring as its captain after the 2009-10 season. Four years later, in 2014, Blake was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Internationally, Blake played for Team Canada in three consecutive Winter Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2006, winning gold in 2002 and becoming the eleventh member of the Triple Gold Club.

Playing career[edit]

Los Angeles Kings (1990–2001)[edit]

Blake was selected 70th overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. He had completed his freshman year with Bowling Green State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) when he was drafted and went on to play three years total in the college ranks, earning CCHA and NCAA West First All-Star Team honours in 1990. Blake was also the first player to ever receive the CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman award. Foregoing his final season of college eligibility, Blake joined the Kings for the final four games of the 1989–90 season before tallying 46 points in his NHL rookie campaign in 1990–91 to be named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

After a 59-point campaign in his third season, Blake helped lead the Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, where they were defeated in five games by the Montreal Canadiens. The following season, in 1993–94, Blake improved to a career-high 48 assists and 68 points, but the Kings failed to qualify for the playoffs.

In a season where Blake was kept to just six games due to injury, the Kings traded captain Wayne Gretzky to the St. Louis Blues at the 1995–96 trade deadline, leaving the team's captaincy vacant. Blake was named the 11th captain in team history. He served as captain from 1996-2001. In 1997–98, Blake received the James Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenceman after recording a career-high 23 goals to go with 50 points.

With Blake about to become an unrestricted free agent in the 2001 off-season, the Kings traded him, along with Steven Reinprecht, to the Colorado Avalanche for Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, Jared Aulin and a 1st round pick (David Steckel) on February 21, 2001.[1]

Colorado Avalanche (2001–06)[edit]

After 11 seasons in Los Angeles, Blake joined Colorado late in the 2000–01 season and made an immediate impact, tallying 10 points in the final 13 games of the regular season after being traded. He then won his first and only Stanley Cup with the Avalanche, adding 19 points in 23 post-season games. Blake re-signed with the Avalanche in the off-season and recorded 56 points in 2001–02, his highest total with the club.

Blake in his second tenure with the Kings in 2008.

Return to Los Angeles (2006–08)[edit]

After four seasons with Colorado, the Avalanche chose not to pick up his contract option for the 2006–07 season, making him a free agent. He re-signed with his former team, the Kings, for two years at $6 million per year on July 1, 2006.[2]

Having come off a 51-point campaign with Colorado the previous year, Blake's production dipped upon his return to Los Angeles. He recorded 34 points in 2006–07 for his lowest total since 1996–97. Nevertheless, prior to the start of the 2007–08 season, Blake was renamed team captain on September 28, 2007, after previous captain Mattias Norström's departure to the Dallas Stars.[3]

San Jose Sharks (2008–2010)[edit]

Blake with the San Jose Sharks.

Becoming an unrestricted free agent once more in the 2008 off-season, Blake signed a one-year, US$5 million contract with the Kings' Pacific Division rival San Jose Sharks on July 3, 2008.[4] Blake reached the 40-point plateau once more with the Sharks, tallying 10 goals and 35 assists in his first season in San Jose.

Blake extended his contract with the Sharks, re-signing for another year at $3.5 million to avoid free agency. Blake would be named captain of the Sharks approximately six weeks after previous captain Patrick Marleau was stripped of the role by Sharks management.

Retirement[edit]

On June 18, 2010, Blake announced his final retirement from professional hockey.[5] During a Los Angeles Kings telecast (on March 3, 2011), Blake discussed his post-playing career as a Hockey Operations Manager for the NHL, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. "This job kind of developed over the summer (of 2010) in talking with Brendan Shanahan. I played for a while in the NHL (20 years). As a former player, I can provide the league with some insight in various aspects of the game. I was able to stay on the West Coast (and commute to Toronto for work), so it worked out really well," Blake said. "I watch the game much differently now, just because I've been in Toronto, in the war room. Now, I watch the game and see the calls that are made as well as the ones which weren't but should have been.

Blake was also selected by Hockey Canada to be their General Manager for the 2014 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Before, I just looked at the score and see what happened in the game," Blake quoted. "I'm also going to help out in the selection process for Team Canada for the upcoming World Championships," Blake said.

Personal life[edit]

Blake and his wife Brandy have three children, sons Jack and Max, and daughter Brooke.[6] His best friend is former NHL goaltender Dwayne Roloson, with whom he grew up playing hockey in Simcoe, Ontario. He is also distantly related to Hall of Famer Red Kelly. In 2008, Blake appeared in the Mike Myers film The Love Guru as himself.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Brantford Classics OJHL-B 39 3 13 16 43
1986–87 Stratford Cullitons OJHL-B 31 11 20 31 115
1987–88 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 43 5 8 13 88
1988–89 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 46 11 21 32 140
1989–90 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 42 23 36 59 140
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 0 0 4 8 1 3 4 4
1990–91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 12 34 46 125 12 1 4 5 26
1991–92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 57 7 13 20 102 6 2 1 3 12
1992–93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 16 43 59 152 23 4 6 10 46
1993–94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 84 20 48 68 137
1994–95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 24 4 7 11 38
1995–96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 1 2 3 8
1996–97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62 8 23 31 82
1997–98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 23 27 50 94 4 0 0 0 6
1998–99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62 12 23 35 128
1999–00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 18 39 57 112 4 0 2 2 4
2000–01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 54 17 32 49 69
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 13 2 8 10 8 23 6 13 19 16
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 16 40 56 58 20 6 6 12 16
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 79 17 28 45 57 7 1 2 3 8
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 74 13 33 46 61 9 0 5 5 6
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 14 37 51 94 9 3 1 4 8
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 14 20 34 82
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 9 22 31 98
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 73 10 35 45 110 6 1 3 4 4
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 70 7 23 30 60 15 1 1 2 10
NHL totals 1270 240 537 777 1679 146 26 47 73 166
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Canada Canada
Olympic Games
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City
World Championships
Gold 1994 Italy
Gold 1997 Finland
Silver 1991 Finland
World Cup
Silver 1996 World Cup of Hockey

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Canada WC Silver medal icon.svg 2 0 2 2 0
1994 Canada WC Gold medal icon.svg 8 0 2 2 6
1996 Canada WCH Silver medal icon.svg 4 0 1 1 0
1997 Canada WC Gold medal icon.svg 11 2 2 4 22
1998 Canada OG 4th 6 1 1 2 2
1998 Canada WC 6th 5 1 0 1 6
1999 Canada WC 4th 10 2 5 7 12
2002 Canada OG Gold medal icon.svg 6 1 2 3 2
2006 Canada OG 7th 6 0 1 1 2
Senior totals 58 7 16 23 52

Kings management[edit]

Before the 2013-14 season, the Los Angeles Kings hired Blake as assistant general manager. The Kings won the Stanley Cup in his first year.

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-CCHA Second Team 1989
All-CCHA First Team 1990
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1990
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman 1990
CCHA All-Tournament Team 1990[8]
NHL
All-Rookie Team 1991
All-Star Game 1994, 1999, 2000,
2001, 2002, 2003
First All-Star Team 1998
Second All-Star Team 2000, 2001, 2002
James Norris Memorial Trophy 1998
Stanley Cup (Colorado Avalanche) 2001

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Avs hope Blake puts them over the top". ESPN.com. 2001-02-21. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Blake, Kings agree on a two-year contract". ESPN.com. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  3. ^ "Kings announce Captains". Los Angeles Kings. 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  4. ^ "San Jose Sharks sign veteran Rob Blake to $5 million, one year deal". thehockeynews.com. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  5. ^ "Sharks defenceman Blake retires". CBC. June 18, 2010. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Kings welcome back captain Rob Blake". Los Angeles Kings. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  7. ^ "Kings defenseman Rob Blake makes an appearance in upcoming movie Love Guru". proathletesonly.com. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  8. ^ "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 

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