Mattias Norstrom Says Rob Blake “Pushed The Bar Higher” For LA Kings

ROB BLAKE JERSEY RETIREMENT: In part 4 of a multi-part series on the Los Angeles Kings retiring superstar defenseman Rob Blake’s jersey number 4 on January 17, former Kings defenseman and captain Mattias Norstrom spoke exclusively with Frozen Royalty about Blake, both as a player, and as a person.


Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman and
captain Mattias Norstrom

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Los Angeles Kings’ retirement of superstar defenseman Rob Blake’s jersey number 4 coming up tonight, Kings alumni, most notably, several of his former teammates, have made their way back to Los Angeles to pay tribute.

As one might expect, Blake’s long-time defensive partner and close friend, Mattias Norstrom, is one of those former Kings who has returned to the Los Angeles area to honor Blake.

“It means a lot to me,” Norstrom said about Blake’s jersey retirement. “I’m probably the player who’s been on the ice the most with Rob Blake. I can’t see that there’s been another player in this league who has been on the ice at same time [as much as Norstrom].”

“I’ve seen it up close, his performance on the ice,” Norstrom added. “But more importantly, I see the behind the scenes—the person that Rob Blake is. That means more to me than the player that he became. But we’ve been in this lovely game where you mesh it with what you accomplish on the ice.”

Norstrom said that he owes much of what he accomplished in the National Hockey League to Blake.

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Rob Blake’s Power And Humility Stand Out Most For LA Kings’ Jim Fox

ROB BLAKE JERSEY RETIREMENT: In part 3 of a multi-part series on the Los Angeles Kings retiring superstar defenseman Rob Blake’s jersey number 4 on January 17, Kings television color commentator Jim Fox, who covered Blake’s entire career with the Kings, spoke exclusively with Frozen Royalty. He shared his memories of Blake’s career and his impact on the organization, then and now.


Former Los Angeles Kings right wing and current television color commentator Jim Fox.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Early in the broadcasting career of former Los Angeles Kings right wing Jim Fox, who is now in his 25th year as the team’s television color commentator, a tall, lanky defenseman named Rob Blake began his ascent to becoming one of the elite defensemen in the National Hockey League in 1989-90, Fox’s first season behind the microphone.

Blake played in just four games for the Kings that season, but made it to the NHL for good the following year and never looked back

Tonight, Blake’s jersey number 4 will be retired by the Kings.

Fox had the opportunity to cover Blake’s 14 seasons with the Kings, along with more than four seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2000-01, and two seasons with the San Jose Sharks, where Blake ended his 19-year NHL career.

Despite the passage of more than twenty years since Blake broke into the NHL, the memories are still quite fresh for Fox.

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LA Kings Rob Blake And That Big Elephant In The Room

ROB BLAKE JERSEY RETIREMENT: Frozen Royalty begins a series of stories covering the Los Angeles Kings retiring Rob Blake’s jersey number 4 on January 17. Exclusive interviews with one current and two former Kings players will help us handle the first task…dealing with the big elephant in the room.


Former Los Angeles Kings superstar defenseman Rob Blake, now the team’s Vice President/Assistant General Manager, will have his jersey number 4 retired by the team on January 17, 2015.
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — As we get closer to January 17, the day when the Los Angeles Kings will retire former superstar defenseman Rob Blake’s jersey number 4, there is that big elephant in the room that should be dispensed with, one way or the other.

To be sure, there are Kings faithful who resent Blake for the way he left the organization after the 2007-08 season. Some also hold a grudge against him regarding his departure at the trade deadline during the 2000-01 season.

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Win Tickets To See “Voice of the King: The Bob Miller Story” With An Appearance By Miller

LOS ANGELES — Just a couple of days away from the premiere of filmmaker Charlie Minn’s new documentary on the career of the legendary Voice of the Kings, Bob Miller, Frozen Royalty is pleased to be able to offer readers a chance to win FOUR tickets to see the movie, Voice of the King: The Bob Miller Story, at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live (across the street from Staples Center), on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 5:00 PM.

The movie follows the Philadelphia Flyers/Kings game, starting at 1:00 PM, at Staples Center.

And there’s more…

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New Film Will Show Sides Of Legendary LA Kings Play-By-Play Announcer Bob Miller Few Get To See

Courtesy Charlie Minn/VoiceOfTheKingFilm.com
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LOS ANGELES — If you haven’t heard of documentary filmmaker Charlie Minn before, you’re not alone. After all, he’s not one of the legends among Hollywood filmmakers.

Minn, who lives in New York and El Paso, Texas, isn’t well known in hockey circles, either. But he is currently in the Los Angeles area promoting his new film, Voice of the King: The Bob Miller Story. a documentary about the career of legendary Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Bob Miller, which opens at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on December 5.

Despite the fact that he is not a big name Hollywood filmmaker, he is a prolific documentary filmmaker, focusing on the “true crime” genre, most notably on crimes that have not gotten a lot of media exposure.

Given Minn’s focus, a film about Miller is quite the departure. But his connection with Miller—meeting him when he provided statistics during a television broadcast while the Kings were visiting the New York Islanders—made him a natural fit.

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