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Honors and prestige for California hockey legends

Luc Robitaille

Former LA Kings left wing Luc Robitaille is getting a statue, and newly-retired Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne is opening a hockey school.

Legends Night Series

During the NHL’s Legends Night Series, sponsored by McDonalds, the Los Angeles Kings will honor not only Robitaille, but Tony Granato and Barry Melrose as well.

Melrose coached the Kings from 1992-95. The Kings will honor him February 12, 2015, before the game against the Calgary Flames at the Staples Center. Granato played 380 games for the Kings, recording 305 points. His day comes February 24, 2015, before the match against the Detroit Red Wings.

Robitaille, universally recognized as a class act in the hockey world, is also a Hall of Fame member. He spent 14 of his 19 NHL seasons with LA, having retired in 2006. In that time, he set the Kings’ franchise record for goals at 577. The Kings have already honored him by retiring his number, 20.

On, March 7, 2014, Los Angeles will honor Robitaille again before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Robitaille spent a season in Pittsburgh.) The statue, being created by sculptors Julie Rotblatt and Omri Amrany, will be unveiled at that time. The Kings will wear their vintage jerseys on all three Legends nights.

Roibitaille is currently the Kings president of business operations.

Hockey School in Finland

 On Monday, August 11, Teemu Selanne announced that he’s going to create the Teemu Selanne Academy in his native Finland. The school is to be based out of the multi-sport complex he and his wife, Sirpa, designed. The complex will be located in Kirkkonummi, Finland, 20 miles west of Finland’s capital city, Helsinki. The Selannes maintain a summer home in Kirkkonummi.

Teemu Selanne explained his idea:

“We have goalie schools all over the world, especially in Finland, but not goal scoring schools. That’s what I want to do. We want the best young players whose goal is in [the] NHL, from Finland, but also from Sweden, Russia and why not from North America. We want to co-operate with federations and junior clubs. They could send their forwards here to learn.”

Selanne retired from the Anaheim Ducks after the 2013-14 season. He will be honored at a Teemu Tribute Night on Sunday, January 11, 2015, before the game against the Winnipeg Jets. At that time his number, 8, will be retired.

Selanne, for his part, might not be hanging up the skates just yet. He’s been talking to Jokerit, the Helsinki-based team that’s part of the Kontinental Hockey League.

 

Photo credit: Inside Social

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A professional writer, Nadia Archuleta is a hockey expert. In addition to maintaining her own hockey blog, Hockeygrrls, she has contributed sports writing for numerous websites. From the hockey smile to the butterfly style -- she covers it all.

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