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“What’s happening now is, we’ve been seen a huge influx of players. This summer, we’re trying to have a hockey clinic run by the Kings every week in a different rink, and we’re selling them out everywhere. We started at 300 the first year, sold out. This year, we went to 500, sold out in 24 hours. We’re going to 1,000 right away because the demand has been crazy. We’re really seeing this demand increasing. TV ratings are up. Everything is going up.”
-Luc Robitaille on the hockey growth in Southern California. Much more from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.
The Montreal Canadiens are planning to reach out to Los Angeles Kings executive Luc Robitaille in their search for a new general manager.
Sources tell Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos that the Canadiens are interested in speaking with the 46-year-old Montreal native, who is currently the Kings’ president of business operations.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The aftermath of a soured business partnership between Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille and jailed financier William “Boots” Del Biaggio III that left Robitaille responsible for a $2-million line of credit has led a bank to foreclose on the Santa Monica home owned by Robitaille, a longtime favorite of Kings fans and president of the club’s business operations.
Robitaille, however, isn’t expected to lose the home and won’t lose his job while he settles his financial obligations.
“I have nothing to hide,” Robitaille said Wednesday. He otherwise declined to comment on the foreclosure action, which was first reported Tuesday by TMZ.com. TMZ did not identify the bank.
Tim Leiweke, president of the Kings’ parent company, AEG, said via email that AEG is working with Luc Robitaille and the former player’s wife, Stacia.
“This issue,” said Leiweke, “is short term, very fixable and will not have an impact on Luc’s responsibilities with the L.A. Kings.”
Luc Robitaille—a National Hockey League Hall of Famer who reportedly raked in roughly $35 million during his career—is in danger of losing his L.A. home now that a bank has begun to foreclose on the property.
TMZ obtained a lawsuit ... which claims Robitaille and his wife stopped paying the mortgage on their Santa Monica, CA home.
According to the suit, Robitaille took a $975,000 loan out on the house in October 2009, but stopped making the monthly payments in December 2010.
BURBANK, Calif. – November 11, 2009 – On Thursday, November 12 recent inductee to the NHL Hall of Fame Luc Robitaille will take to the ice on “The Jay Leno Show” (Monday-Friday, 10-11 p.m. ET). The Stanley Cup winner will take penalty shots on Leno’s IT guy in a segment called “Extreme Johnny.”
Robitaille made the NHL All-Star team 8 times in his career and logged 668 career goals and adding 726 assists. The left winger skated for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers, the Detroit Red Wings and the Los Angeles Kings.
Thursday’s show will also feature an in-studio visit by Penelope Cruz and a “Ten @ Ten” with Dolly Parton.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Painting himself as a victim, former Los Angeles Kings star Luc Robitaille has launched a lawsuit against a former minority owner of the Nashville Predators in an attempt to recoup the $2 million Robitaille says was fraudulently taken from him and left him unwittingly in debt to a bank.
In a court filing that is part of the bankruptcy proceedings for William (Boots) Del Biaggio, Robitaille says he was left owing a bank $2 million (all figures U.S.) after Del Biaggio misused a joint line of credit that had been intended for real estate deals.
From Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News,
On last season’s version of “The Apprentice: Los Angeles” reality show, Heidi Androl - aka “The Hottie” - made it all the way to the final six contestants before the inevitable: Donald Trump fired her.
A few months later, Luc Robitaille hired her. And the Kings, immersed in their own reality show disguised as the 2007-08 NHL season, may have trumped every local TV station in the process.
More than just an apprentice reporter for the team’s “Kings Vision” element to their official Web site, Androl has become part of a forward-thinking element to TV sportscasting, something that has forced other professional teams to reconsider how they get their message across directly to their fans. In turn, it will alter the big-picture thinking of local news organizations.
more… about both the success of Androl as well as the Kings publicity efforts this season.
Video below shows some of Androl’s work on a recent trip to Vancouver:
From Alyssa Milano at her NHL.com blog,
I actually bumped into Luc Robataille last night, and I haven’t seen Luc in probably 15 years. When he saw me, he said to me “I used to carry you around on my back!” because when I met him I was so little. When we spoke last night, I said “you know what? You were like my only high school friend. I never got to go to high school, so you’re like my only high school buddy!” He laughed.
note: more on Alyssa yesterday, as she promotes her line of NHL fashions at the ASG.
This week, Luc Robitaille of the LA Kings will be hosting a Celebrity Shoot-Out—a charity event in Utah to raise money for a spinal care center there.
This is just one of the many ways Robitaille involves himself in charitable causes; not only just throwing money onto a collection plate, but getting involved in a very personal, hands-on way. From Mike G. Morreale at NHL.com,
”Following Hurricane Katrina (in 2005), my wife and I started our own foundation (Shelter for Serenity) and actually went to New Orleans, picked up a bunch of families and brought them back to live in our house in Utah,’’ Robitaille told NHL.com. “We wanted to provide them a chance to restart their lives. But during this process, we realized that the people most affected and in need of help were the children. The kids were the ones at risk since they came mostly from poor families.’’
continued with much more about Robitaille’s various personal and team commitments to good causes.
from John Ondrasik at Sports Illustrated,
Over a pre-game beer in the Grand Reserve Room at Staples Center, I recently had the chance to talk to Hall of Fame-bound and current L.A. Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille….
John: I actually went to Game One of [last season’s] Stanley Cup Final and I sat next to Mr. Bettman. It was all I could do to restrain myself [laughs] about some of the marketing choices the NHL’s made in the last few years. What specifically do you think the NHL could really do for outreach?
Luc: The biggest thing is you gotta find a way for people to see the game. It doesn’t matter what channel it’s on, it’s how you market and promote it. You gotta tell people to go to a certain station, but I think we need to work harder at it. Look at the NFL. The NHL’s never really done a good job of marketing players. People on the inside say that hockey players are the nicest guys, but then nobody talks about them….
from LA Downtown News,
Robitaille foresees a not-too-distant future where the adage “Think King” is just as common as “Think Blue.”
“We are the biggest market. We should be the [NHL] team that everybody wants to copy,” Robitaille said. “It’s a challenge and it’s a lot of fun for me to build this organization that I love so much.”
That’s a line of goods that he’s definitely selling, not renting.
read on about Luc’s plans for the Kings…
From Lisa Dillman & Lonnie White at the LA Times,
“I think this city is waiting for us to do something special,” said Robitaille, who acknowledged the franchise had lost focus. “For a long time we didn’t pay attention to our neighbors in Hollywood.”
The first significant move to rectify that was a red-carpet affair and party for the team at Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Thursday night, with TV and film producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who is a Kings season-ticket holder and potential future NHL owner in Las Vegas, serving as host.
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