Los Angeles will be honoring Luc Robitaille with his own statue outside the Staples Center, but which other luminaries deserve to be cast in bronze? The candidates span generations.
The Los Angeles Kings will honor Luc Robitaille with his own statue outside the Staples Center, where he will join fellow luminary Wayne Gretzky. But let’s play Oprah here and give everybody a statue! Below you’ll find new candidates for every NHL franchise. Legends who already have statues are noted, too. And yes, some players get two statues because they managed to win hearts in multiple cities.
Anaheim – Teemu Selanne, with Scott Niedermayer as another fine option
Arizona – Shane Doan
Boston – Ray Bourque (Bobby Orr has one already)
Buffalo – Dominik Hasek (The French Connection already has one)
Calgary – Jarome Iginla
Carolina – Rod Brind’Amour
Chicago – Jeremy Roenick (Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita already have one)
Colorado – Joe Sakic, with Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy as options
Columbus – Sergei Bobrovsky. This is a tough one and obviously this statue wouldn’t go up for awhile, but who else? Is Rick Nash still an option? ‘Bob’ has playoff wins with the club
Dallas – Mike Modano
Detroit – Steve Yzerman (Ted Lindsay and Gordie Howe already have one)
Edmonton – Mark Messier (Wayne Gretzky already has one)
Florida – John Vanbiesbrouck, with a giant stick flattening a rat as an alternate
Los Angeles – Luc Robitaille,* because I’m not going three Kings deep yet. Maybe Quick or Doughty in the future
Minnesota – Derek Boogaard. Obviously this is a memorial statue that differs from the rest, but he was a fan favorite who meant a lot to the Wild family.
Montreal – Jacques Plante (Rocket Richard and Jean Beliveau already have one)
Nashville – Shea Weber. Again, you’ll have to wait awhile, but he’s an easy frontrunner.
New Jersey – Martin Brodeur, with Scott Stevens as another fine option
New York Islanders – Mike Bossy, with Denis Potvin as another fine option
New York Rangers – Mark Messier. Yeah, he deserves two
Ottawa – Daniel Alfredsson
Philadelphia – Dave Schultz, repping the Broad Street Bullies. Philly’s already crowded with Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent and Fred Shero
Pittsburgh – Sidney Crosby, unless Pens fans would prefer early mullet-era Jaromir Jagr (Mario Lemieux has one already)
St. Louis – Glenn Hall (Brett Hull and Al MacInnis already have one)
San Jose – Joe Thornton
Tampa Bay – Vincent Lecavalier, since I’m not sure of Marty St-Louis’ legacy right now and Dave Andreychuk already has one
Toronto – Johnny Bower, though there’s no definitive answer. Bower, Keon, Kennedy all won a ton, while Sittler, Clark and Gilmour are popular but never won anything
Vancouver – Trevor Linden
Washington – Rod Langway
Winnipeg – Teemu Selanne, because Jets fans would burn Anaheim to the ground if only the Ducks got a Teemu statue
Edited to include the fact Mario Lemieux and Buffalo’s French Connection have statues already