Kings to retire Hall of Fame defenseman Rob Blake's jersey

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Hall of Fame defenseman Rob Blake will have his No. 4 jersey retired by the Kings, the team announced on Monday.

Blake, who is L.A.'s assistant general manager, played 14 seasons with the Kings. He won the franchise's first Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman in 1998. Among the team's blueliners, Blake is the franchise leader in games, goals, assists, points, power play goals, game-winning goals, shots and penalty minutes.

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The ceremony will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17, before Los Angeles hosts the Anaheim Ducks.

Blake will be the sixth player to have his jersey retired by the Kings.

“It is an honor to be included with the former great L.A. Kings players who have their jersey’s retired.  I have always felt L.A. was a special place to play and it was and is a tremendous privilege to put on an L.A. Kings jersey,” said Blake.

Along with the jersey retirement, Blake will also enter the Kings Hall of Fame.

- Paul Palladino

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