Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rob Blake
Born December 10, 1969 in Simcoe, Ontario, Rob Blake was starring in his freshman year at Bowling Green State University in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) when he was drafted 70th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Blake played three seasons with Bowling Green, earning CCHA and NCAA West First All-Star Team honours in 1990 as well as the award for Best Offensive Defenceman in the CCHA.

He turned professional with the Kings late in the 1989-90 season, joining an L.A. team that featured Wayne Gretzky. An offensive defenceman who was equally adept in his own end, Blake cherished the opportunity to join the rush when Gretzky had the puck, and in his first year he had 12 goals and 46 points from the back end. In his rookie season in 1990-91, Blake was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team

Blake was a member of Stanley Cup championship team with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. In his third season (1992-93), Blake played a key role in helping lead Los Angeles to the Stanley Cup final, although they were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens. The following season, he enjoyed a career-best 48 assists and 68 points. In 1995-96, Blake suffered an injury that restricted him to but six games. That same season, team captain Wayne Gretzky was traded to the St. Louis Blues, and Rob Blake was named captain; the Kings' eleventh in franchise history. Blake served as captain from 1996-97 to 2000-01. In 1997-98, he was awarded the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman. After eleven seasons in L.A., the Kings traded Blake to the Colorado Avalanche in February 2001.

In his first season in Colorado, Blake helped lead the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup championship; the first in team history. In 23 post-season games, Blake recorded an impressive 19 points, while providing a stable and physical defensive presence.

His stay in Colorado lasted four seasons. During the summer of 2006, he re-joined the Los Angeles Kings as a free agent. He was once again named captain prior to the start of the 2007-08 season. His second tenure in Los Angeles would be short-lived, however. In summer of 2008, once again a free agent, Blake signed on to join the San Jose Sharks. Blake would spend his final two seasons with the Sharks and went on to wear the 'C' there, too. Rob Blake also participated in significant international action. He was a member of Team Canada in three consecutive Winter Olympics (1998, 2002 and 2006), winning Olympic gold in 2002 and earning top defenceman honours in 1998. He represented Canada at the World Championship on five occasions, taking home the gold medal in 1994 and 1997, and silver in 1991. He also added a silver medal at the World Cup tournament of 1996.

By virtue of winning the Stanley Cup championship and gold medals at the World Championship and Olympic Winter Games, Rob Blake became the eleventh member of the prestigious Triple Gold Club.

On June 18, 2010, Rob Blake announced his retirement. Through nineteen NHL seasons, Blake played 1,270 regular season contests, scoring 240 goals and 537 assists for 777 points, adding 1,679 penalty minutes. In 146 playoff games, he added 26 goals and 47 assists for 73 points. He also served 166 minutes in penalties. He was a First Team All-Star in 1997-98 and was named to the Second Team in 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2010-02.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Brantford Alexander B's ON-Jr.B 39 3 13 16 43
1986-87 Stratford Cullitons ON-Jr.B 31 11 20 31 115
1987-88 Bowling Green University CCHA 43 5 8 13 88
1988-89 Bowling Green University CCHA 46 11 21 32 140
1989-90 Bowling Green University CCHA 42 23 36 59 140
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 0 0 4 0 8 1 3 4 4
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 12 34 46 125 +3 12 1 4 5 26
1990-91 Canada WEC-A 2 0 2 2 0
1991-92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 57 7 13 20 102 -5 6 2 1 3 12
1992-93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 16 43 59 152 +18 23 4 6 10 46
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 84 20 48 68 137 -7
1993-94 Canada WC-A 8 0 2 2 6
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 24 4 7 11 38 -16
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 1 2 3 8 0
1996-97 Canada W-Cup 4 0 1 1 0
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62 8 23 31 82 -28
1996-97 Canada WC-A 11 2 2 4 22
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 23 27 50 94 -3 4 0 0 0 6
1997-98 Canada Olympics 6 1 1 2 2
1997-98 Canada WC-A 5 1 0 1 6
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62 12 23 35 128 -7
1998-99 Canada WC-A 10 2 5 7 12
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 18 39 57 112 +10 4 0 2 2 4
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 54 17 32 49 69 -8
2000-01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 13 2 8 10 8 +11 23 6 13 19 16
2001-02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 16 40 56 58 +16 20 6 6 12 16
2001-02 Canada Olympics 6 1 2 3 2 +2
2002-03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 79 17 28 45 57 +20 7 1 2 3 8
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 74 13 33 46 61 +6 9 0 5 5 6
2004-05 Canada W-Cup
2004-05
2005-06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 14 37 51 94 +2 9 3 1 4 8
2005-06 Canada Olympics 6 0 1 1 2 0
2006-07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 14 20 34 82 -26
2007-08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 9 22 31 98 -19
2008-09 San Jose Sharks NHL 73 10 35 45 110 +15 6 1 3 4 4
2009-10 San Jose Sharks NHL 70 7 23 30 60 +14 15 1 1 2 10
NHL Totals 1270 240 537 777 1679 146 26 47 73 166


CCHA Second All-Star Team (1989)
CCHA First All-Star Team (1990)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1990)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1991)
WC-A All-Star Team (1997)
Named Best Defenseman at WC-A (1997)
Named Best Defenseman at Olympic Games (1998)
NHL First All-Star Team (1998)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (1998)
NHL Second All-Star Team (2000, 2001, 2002) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Missed majority of 1995-96 due to knee injury vs. Washington, October 20, 1995. Traded to Colorado by Los Angeles with Steve Reinprecht for Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, a player to be named later (Jared Aulin, March 22, 2001) and Colorado's 1st round choices in 2001 (Dave Steckel) and 2003 (Brian Boyle) Entry Drafts, February 21, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 1, 2006. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, July 3, 2008. Officially announced his retirement, June 18, 2010.