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Rob Blake's jersey retirement ceremony is fit for a King
Rob Blake's jersey retirement ceremony is fit for a King

The ceremony the Kings staged to retire Rob Blake's jersey was very much like Blake himself: unpretentious, mostly understated but illuminated by genuine emotion that hit home as hard as any punch to the gut. The emotional jolts Saturday weren't as obvious as the thunderous hip checks that became Blake's trademark, one of many facets of an outstanding two-way game that earned him induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame last year. The most affecting moments during the 35-minute ceremony were the respect that made Dustin Brown's voice quiver as he praised Blake for teaching a bunch of players how to be a real team and begin the transformation of the Kings from wannabes...

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