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Rob Blake, a retired defenseman who played his college hockey at Bowling Green from 1987-1990, will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 17, 2014. In 131 games for the Falcons Blake racked up a 39-65-104 offensive line and was named the first ever Best Offensive Defenseman by the CCHA in 1990. By far Blake’s best season came in his junior year as he scored 23 goals while earning 36 assists. The 6’4″ defenseman was also lauded for his physical play as he accrued 368 PIMS while at Bowling Green.
The Simcoe, Ontario native continued his dominance at the NHL level with 240 goals, 537 assists, and 1,153 PIM. Blake played for three different teams during his time in the NHL: the Los Angeles Kings (’89-’01, ’06-’08), Colorado Avalanche (’00-’06), and San Jose Sharks (’08-’10). During the 2000-2001 season Blake helped lead the Avs to their second Stanley Cup championship. By the time the defenseman retired in 2010 he was named to the all-rookie team in 1991, first team all-star in 1998, second team all-star in ’00, ’01, and ’02, played in six all-star games, and won the James Norris Trophy (top defensive player) in 1998.
In international play Blake played in three world championships (’91, ’94, and ’97) earning two gold medals in 1994 and 1997 and a silver in 1991. He was also a member of the 2002 Team Canada at the Olympic Games, winning a gold medal for his home country.
Blake is a BGSU Hall of Fame member and is currently the Assistant General Manager for the Los Angeles Kings.