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Rob Blake
Blake-08
Position Defenceman
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
225 lb (102 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
San Jose Sharks
Los Angeles Kings
Colorado Avalanche
Nationality Canada
Born December 10 1969 (1969-12-10) (age 46),
Simcoe, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 70th overall, 1988
Los Angeles Kings
Pro Career 1989 – present

Robert Bowlby Blake (born December 10, 1969) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1988, appearing in the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, winning the James Norris Memorial Trophy and serving as team captain for five seasons in his initial 11 season-stint with the club. In 2001, Blake was traded to the Colorado Avalanche and won a Stanley Cup championship. After a two-season return to Los Angeles, Blake signed with the Sharks in 2008, retiring as its captain after the 2009-10 season.

Internationally, Blake has played for Team Canada in three consecutive Winter Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2006, winning gold in 2002.

Playing careerEdit

Blake grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Simcoe, Ontario on some successful hockey clubs. From Novice to Bantam, Blake won two OMHA championships and was a teammate of future NHL goaltender, Dwayne Roloson.

Blake played for the Brantford Classics and Stratford Cullitons Jr.B. teams in the Midwestern Ontario Jr.B. league. After the 1985-86 season, Blake was selected in the 3rd round (31st overall) by the S.S. Marie Greyhounds in the 1986 OHL Priority Selection. Blake did not report to the Greyhounds, preferring to obtain an NCAA scholarship and then signed with the Stratford Cullitons for the 1986-87 season.

Blake accepted a scholarship to Bowling Green State University (CCHA) and played 3 seasons for the Falcons.

Los Angeles Kings (1990–2001)Edit

Blake was selected 70th overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. He had completed his freshman year with Bowling Green University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) when he was drafted and went on to play three years total in the college ranks, earning CCHA and NCAA West First All-Star Team honours in 1990. Foregoing his final season of college eligibility, Blake joined the Kings for the final four games of the 1989–90 season before tallying 46 points in his NHL rookie campaign in 1990–91 to be named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

After a 59-point campaign in his third season, Blake helped lead the Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, where they were defeated in five games by the Montreal Canadiens. The following season, in 1993–94, Blake improved to a career-high 48 assists and 68 points, but the Kings failed to qualify for the playoffs.

In a season where Blake was kept to just six games due to injury, the Kings traded captain Wayne Gretzky to the St. Louis Blues at the 1995–96 trade deadline, leaving the team's captaincy vacant. Blake was named the 11th captain in team history. He served as captain from 1996-2001. In 1997–98, Blake received the James Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenceman after recording a career-high 23 goals to go with 50 points.

With Blake about to become an unrestricted free agent in the 2001 off-season, the Kings traded him, along with Steven Reinprecht, to the Colorado Avalanche for Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, Jared Aulin and a 1st round pick (David Steckel) on February 21, 2001.[1]

Colorado Avalanche (2001–06)Edit

After 11 seasons in Los Angeles, Blake joined Colorado late in the 2000–01 season and made an immediate impact, tallying 10 points in the final 13 games of the regular season after being traded. He then won his first Stanley Cup with the Avalanche, adding 19 points in 23 post-season games. Blake re-signed with the Avalanche in the off-season and recorded 56 points in 2001–02, his highest total with the club.

Rob Blake

Blake in his second tenure with the Kings in 2008.

Return to Los Angeles (2006–08)Edit

After four seasons with Colorado, the Avalanche chose not to pick up his contract option for the 2006–07 season, making him a free agent. He re-signed with his former team, the Kings, for two years at $6 million per year on July 1, 2006.[2]

Having come off a 51-point campaign with Colorado the previous year, Blake's production dipped upon his return to Los Angeles. He recorded 34 points in 2006–07 for his lowest total since 1996–97. Nevertheless, prior to the start of the 2007–08 season, Blake was re-named team captain on September 28, 2007, after previous captain Mattias Norström's departure to the Dallas Stars.[3]

San Jose Sharks (2008–2010)Edit

Becoming an unrestricted free agent once more in the 2008 off-season, Blake signed a one-year, US$5 million contract with the Kings' Pacific Division rival San Jose Sharks on July 3, 2008.[4] Blake reached the 40-point plateau once more with the Sharks, tallying 10 goals and 35 assists in his first season in San Jose.

Blake extended his contract with the Sharks, re-signing for another year at $3.5 million to avoid free agency. Blake would be named captain of the Sharks approximately six weeks after previous captain Patrick Marleau was stripped of the role by Sharks management.

Retirement Edit

On June 18, 2010, Blake announced his final retirement from professional hockey.[5]

International playEdit

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Olympic Games
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 1994 Italy Ice hockey
Gold 1997 Finland Ice hockey
Silver 1991 Finland Ice hockey
World Cup
Silver 1996 World Cup of Hockey Ice hockey

Played for Canada in:

Personal lifeEdit

Blake and his wife Brandy have two children. His best friend in the NHL is New York Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson, with whom he grew up playing hockey in Simcoe, Ontario. He is also closely related to Hall of Famer Red Kelly. In 2008, Blake appeared in the Mike Myers film The Love Guru as himself.[6]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Brantford Classics OJHL-B 393131643
1986–87 Stratford Cullitons OJHL-B 31112031115
1987–88 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 43581388
1988–89 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 46112132140
1989–90 Bowling Green Falcons CCHA 42233659140
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 40004 81344
1990–91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75123446125 1214526
1991–92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5771320102 621312
1992–93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76164359152 23461046
1993–94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 84204868137
1994–95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 24471138
1995–96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61238
1996–97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 628233182
1997–98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8123275094 40006
1998–99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62122335128
1999–00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77183957112 40224
2000–01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5417324969
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1328108 236131916
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 7516405658 20661216
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 7917284557 71238
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 7413334661 90556
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 8114375194 93148
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7214203482
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 719223198
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 73103545110 61344
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 707233060 1511210
NHL totals 12702405377771679 146264773166

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Canada WC 20220
1994 Canada WC 80226
1996 Canada WC 40110
1997 Canada WC 1122422
1998 Canada OG 61122
1998 Canada WC 51016
1999 Canada WC 1025712
2002 Canada OG 61232
2006 Canada OG 60112
Senior Int'l Totals 587162352

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Avs hope Blake puts them over the top". ESPN.com (2001-02-21). Retrieved on 2009-03-24.
  2. "Blake, Kings agree on a two-year contract". ESPN.com (2006-07-01). Retrieved on 2009-03-24.
  3. KINGS ANNOUNCE CAPTAINS. Los Angeles Kings (September 28, 2007). Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
  4. "San Jose Sharks sign veteran Rob Blake to $5 million, one year deal". thehockeynews.com (2008-07-03). Retrieved on 2009-03-24.
  5. Sharks defenceman Blake retires. CBC. Retrieved on June 18, 2010.
  6. [1]

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Wayne Gretzky
Los Angeles Kings captains
19962001
Succeeded by
Mattias Norstrom
Preceded by
Mattias Norstrom
Los Angeles Kings captains
2007–08
Succeeded by
Dustin Brown
Preceded by
Brian Leetch
Winner of the Norris Trophy
1998
Succeeded by
Al MacInnis


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