NHL great Luc Robitaille to serve as grand marshal for 50th anniversary of NHRA finals this weekend


No, Luc Robitaille didn’t get lost on his way to a hockey game.

Rather, the legendary NHL player will be at this weekend’s season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals drag race in Pomona, California because he was asked to — he’ll serve as the event’s grand marshal.

It’s quite an honor for Robitaille, who will oversee the 50th anniversary of what is commonly known to many fans as simply the World Finals.

Robitaille played 19 seasons in the NHL, including 14 seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. He won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in the 2001-02 season.

Robitaille, an eight-time all-star, still owns the NHL record as the highest scoring left winger in league history and also holds the Kings scoring record at 577 goals.

After retiring at the end of the 2005-06 season, Robitaille has worked in the Kings’ front office, with his present role as president of business operations. During his tenure as a team administrator, the Kings have won two Stanley Cups. He’s also one of only five King players to ever have his jersey number (20) retired by the team.

Several legendary drag racers will also take part in the 50th anniversary festivities, including “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Kenny Bernstein, “TV Tommy” Ivo, Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Ed “The Ace” McCulloch and Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney.

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