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Luc Robitaille was drafted 171st overall in the 1984 Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. He made his NHL debut on October 9, 1986 against the Blues and scored in his first game. That year, he was the first player in franchise history to lead the team in goals (45), points (84) and power play goals (18) and he helped the Kings make the playoffs for the first time in two seasons. He also won the Calder Trophy as the NHLís top rookie, was one of three Kings named to the NHLís All-Rookie Team and was a Second Team All-Star. In 1987-88, Luc was the highest scoring left winger in the NHL (team bests 53 goals and 111 points) and was named a First Team All-Star. That year, he was named the starting left winger in the mid-season All-Star Game (two goals, one assist) and was named the Kingsí Most Popular Player at year-end. In 1988-89, Luc and the Kings were joined by Wayne Gretzky and surged 23 points in the standings. Luc was named starting left winger at the mid-season All-Star Game (one goal), led all left wingers in scoring (98 points) and was the year-end First Team All-Star. In the 1989 playoffs, Luc had eight points as the Kings upset the defending Stanley Cup champion Oilers to win their first playoff series since 1982. In 1989-90, Luc led the Kings with 52 goals, 20 power play goals, seven game-winning goals and a league-best 24.8 shooting percentage. For the third straight year, Luc was a starter at the All-Star Game, the highest scoring left winger in the league and a First Team All-Star. In 1990-91, Luc led the Kings with 45 goals and 229 shots as his team won the Smythe Division title and a franchise record 46 wins. For the fourth straight year, he was a starter at the All-Star Game, led the league in scoring from the left wing and was a First Team All-Star. In 12 playoff games (the third straight year the Kings made it to the second round), Luc scored 12 goals and 16 points.
In 1991-92, Luc led the Kings in goal-scoring for the fifth time in six years (44) and won both the Kingsí Community Services and Most Popular Player awards. He participated in his fifth All-Star Game, won two NHL Player of the Week awards and was NHL Player of the Month in February. He led the team with 240 shots, scored a career-high 26 power play goals (also a team-best) and set a franchise record of 63 assists by a left winger. At seasonís end, he was a Second Team All-Star.
In 1992-93, Luc took over the team's captaincy with Gretzky injured on the sidelines (Gretzky missed 39 games) and won his first Bill Libby Award as the team's MVP. That year, Luc won two more NHL Player of the Week awards, put together a ten-game goal-scoring streak (February 27 to March 20) and started the mid-season All-Star game for the sixth straight year. He led his team in nearly every offensive category (63 goals, 62 assists, 125 points, 24 power play goals, eight game-winning goals and 265 shots), won his second Kings' Community Services Award and was a First Team All-Star for the fifth time in his career. His 63 goals and 125 points were both NHL single-season records for left wingers. In the playoffs, the Kings marched their way to a Campbell Conference Bowl championship before losing to the Canadiens in the finals. Along the way, Luc became the Kings' all-time playoff goal-scoring leader with 34 at year's end.
In 1993-94, Luc scored 40-plus goals for the eighth consecutive season and was the teamís goal-scoring leader (44) for the seventh time in eight years. On March 23 of that season, Luc assisted on Gretzkyís record-breaking 802nd goal in a match against the Canucks. After undergoing ankle surgery in June, Luc was traded one month later to the Pittsburgh Penguins (July 29) for Rick Tocchet and a second-round draft pick. In the shortened 46-game season, Luc scored 23 times (second on the team) and notched career goal number 400 in a February 19 match against the Sabres. On August 31, 1995, Luc was traded again, this time with Ulf Samuelsson to the New York Rangers for Petr Nedved and Sergei Zubov. In his first of two seasons with the Rangers, Luc scored his 500th career goal on February 15 against the Canadiens. In 1996-97, Luc scored his 500th career assist on March 3 against the Sharks.
On August 28, 1997, Luc was traded back to the Los Angeles Kings for Kevin Stevens. That year, Luc missed 25 games with injury but still managed to co-lead the Kings with seven power play goals. He also scored his 1,000th career point on January 29 against the Flames and won his third Kingsí Community Services Award. That year, the Kings improved 20 points and made the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. In 1998-99, Luc scored his 500th career goal on January 7 against the Sabres and made his seventh appearance in the mid-season All-Star Game (Tampa). By seasonís end, Luc was the teamís offensive leader with 39 goals, 35 assists, 74 points, 11 power play goals and seven game-winning goals. In 1999-2000, Luc won NHL Player of the Week honours on October 10 and was the Kingsí year-end leader in goals (36), points (74) and power play goals (13). From January 31 to March 2, Luc established a career high 15-game point streak. In four playoff games, Luc led the team with four points.
In 2000-01, Luc scored 37 goals and paced the team with 51 assists (tie), 16 power play goals and 235 shots. On October 7, Luc scored his 600th career assist in a match against the Sabres (goal by team captain Rob Blake). On October 11, Luc scored his 1,000th point with the Kings; on December 16, he scored his 500th goal as a King. That year, Luc participated in the mid-season All-Star Game in Colorado.
On July 2, 2001, Luc signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings.
Luc played his midget hockey for Montréal-Bourassa of the QAAA in 1982-83. In 1983-84, he joined the Hull Olympiques of the QMJHL and scored 32 goals as a major junior rookie. The following year, Luc was a QMJHL Second Team All-Star as he scored 55 goals and 149 points. In 1985-86, Luc was a First Team All-Star as he scored an amazing 68 goals and 191 points in just 63 games. He was also named Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year. On January 28 in Ottawa, Luc scored two goals and five assists for the QMJHL All-Stars in an 11-4 win over the OHL All-Stars. In the QMJHL playoffs, Luc was co-MVP with teammate Sylvain Côté and scored a league-best 44 points as the Olympiques won the President Cup. In the Memorial Cup, Luc tied a tournament record with eight goals before the Olympiques lost in the final game to the Guelph Platers.
Luc first represented Canada at the 1986 World Junior Championships and won a silver medal. In 1991, he helped Canada win a gold medal at the Canada Cup tournament. Then, at the 1994 World Championships, he scored the game-winning shootout goal in Canadaís first WC title in 33 years. Luc, who served as team captain, scored eight points in eight games.
Luc's nickname is "Lucky". Away from hockey, he is active with many different charities. He enjoys golfing and horseback riding.
Luc's wife, Stacia, released her first music CD "Hush".