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Blake, Rob
Los Angeles Kings

At 6'4" and 225 pounds, ROB BLAKE was a tower on the Los Angeles Kings blueline. Born in Simcoe, Ontario December 10, 1969, BLAKE was a fourth round draft choice of the Kings' in 1988. But although buried deep in the draft, ROB BLAKE earned a reputation as one of the league's premier defensemen quickly after earning a spot with the Kings in 1990-91. After several years of struggling, the Kings returned to respectability in 1997-98, and much of the credit had to be given to their captain, ROB BLAKE. That season, he enjoyed an outstanding campaign, scoring 23 goals and 27 assists for 50 points. By season's end, BLAKE was selected to the First All-Star Team (his first such selection) and he was awarded the NORRIS TROPHY as the NHL's finest defenseman. To foreshadow his dominant year, during the Japan Olympics preceding the NHL season, ROB BLAKE had been named the Best Defenseman as well. Future NORRIS winner Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit was named runner-up.

Blake, Rob