|Hockey Hall of Fame, 2014|
Blake in June 2014.
December 10, 1969 |
Simcoe, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)|
|Played for||Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
|NHL Draft||70th overall, 1988
Los Angeles Kings
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 as a player, though he won the Cup again as a member of the Kings front office in 2014. 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.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Retirement
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Awards and honours
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Los Angeles Kings (1990–2001)
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 to 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.
Colorado Avalanche (2001–06)
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. In the post-season he played a second-round series against his former club, the Kings, before he won his first and only Stanley Cup with the Avalanche, adding 19 points in 23 post-season games. In totalling 59 points in 67 games in the regular season, Blake was selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team.
On July 1, 2001, Blake re-signed with the Avalanche in the off-season to a five-year contract with an optional sixth year. As the Avalanche's top defenseman, Blake recorded his highest total with the Avalanche in recording 56 points in 75 games, third amongst NHL defenseman, in the 2001–02 season, before falling in their defence of the Stanley Cup in the Western Conference finals to the Detroit Red Wings. For his third successive season, Blake was selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team.
In the following 2002–03 season, Blake recorded his 500th career point against the Minnesota Wild on October 29, 2002. In finishing 5th in Norris Trophy voting, Blake placed second amongst Avalanche blueliners with 45 points in 79 games. In each of his first three seasons with the Avalanche he was selected to the NHL All-Star Game, and in the 2003–04 campaign he was selected as a starter for the 54th All-Star Game in Minnesota. He finished the season with the Avalanche, placing ninth in the NHL amongst defenseman with 46 points.
After losing a season to the NHL lockout, Blake returned for his final season under contract with the Avalanche in 2005–06. He continued his scoring presence amongst the Avalanche in recording 51 points in 81 games, the seventh time in his career he surpassed to 50 points plateau. He scored his 200th career goal against the Chicago Blackhawks on April 3, 2006, to become just the 17th defenseman of All-time to reach the mark.
Return to Los Angeles (2006–08)
After five years 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.
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.
San Jose Sharks (2008–2010)
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. 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.
On June 18, 2010, Blake announced his final retirement from professional hockey. 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."
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. 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," said Blake. "I'm also going to help out in the selection process for Team Canada for the upcoming World Championships," Blake said.
On August 11, 2014, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they would be retiring Blake's No. 4 jersey on January 17, 2015. He was later selected to the Colorado Avalanche's 20th anniversary team honored on December 8, 2015.
Blake and his wife Brandy have three children, sons Jack and Max, and daughter Brooke. 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. A short street in his hometown of Simcoe, Rob Blake Way, is named after him.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for Canada|
|2002 Salt Lake City|
|1996 World Cup of Hockey|
Awards and honours
|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|||
|All-Star Game||1994, 1999, 2000,
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
|First All-Star Team||1998|
|Second All-Star Team||2000, 2001, 2002|
|James Norris Memorial Trophy||1998|
|Stanley Cup (Colorado Avalanche)||2001|
- "Avs hope Blake puts them over the top". ESPN.com. 2001-02-21. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
- "Sakic, Roy and Blake re-sign with Avalanche". Los Angeles Times. 2001-07-01. Retrieved 2001-07-01.
- "Rob Blake biography". Los Angeles Kings. 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
- "Avalanche rally past Blackhawks". highbeam.com. 2006-04-03. Retrieved 2006-04-05.
- "Blake, Kings agree on a two-year contract". ESPN.com. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
- "Kings announce Captains". Los Angeles Kings. 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "San Jose Sharks sign veteran Rob Blake to $5 million, one year deal". thehockeynews.com. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
- "Sharks defenceman Blake retires". CBC. June 18, 2010. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
- "Los Angeles Kings announce plans to retire Rob Blake's No. 4 jersey on Jan. 17". The Hockey News. August 11, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
- "Avs 20th anniversary team:Rob Blake". Colorado Avalanche. 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
- "Kings welcome back captain Rob Blake". Los Angeles Kings. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
- "Kings defenseman Rob Blake makes an appearance in upcoming movie Love Guru". proathletesonly.com. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
- "Google Maps, Rob Blake Way". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
- "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- Rob Blake's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Rob Blake's career statistics at EliteProspects.com