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Kings to unveil statue of Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille

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The Los Angeles Kings will unveil a statue for former star forward and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille next month, the team announced.

A 19-foot, 2,500-pound bronze statue with a granite pedestal will sit in Star Plaza outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will be unveiled before the Kings play the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 7.  

Other statues that sit outside the Staple Center include NHL all-time leading scorer Wayne Gretzky, broadcaster Chick Hearn, Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoy, and Basketball Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 

[daily_cut.nhl]Robitaille’s statue will be made by the artists who created the models for Abdul-Jabbar, West, Johnson and Hearn.

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Robitaille, an eight-time All-Star, retired as highest-scoring left winger in NHL history. He spent 14 years with the Kings over three different stints.

Robitaille had 668 goals and 726 assists in his 19 seasons in the NHL with the Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings before retiring after the 2005-06 season.

He is currently the president of business operations for the Kings.

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