The 10 greatest L.A. Kings of all time, No. 5: Rogie Vachon

Rogie Vachon as interim head coach of the team in 1995.
(Los Angeles Times)

Continuing our countdown of the 10 greatest L.A. Kings of all time, as chosen by Times readers.

No. 5: Rogie Vachon (31 first-place votes, 6,682 points)

Vachon, who began his career with Montreal, was traded to the Kings in 1971 and became their first real superstar. He was one of the best one-on-one goaltenders of his era and never gave up a goal on a penalty shot.

After retiring, Vachon served as general manager of the Kings from 1984 to 1992 and has served as interim head coach of the team on three separate occasions. His sweater number 30 became the first number to be retired by the Kings in a ceremony on Feb. 14, 1985.


On the Kings’ career list, Vachon is first in wins (171), first in losses (148), first in shutouts (32) and fifth in goals-against average (2.86).


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