Hockey Great Luc Robitaille Shares His Haute Secrets to LA

Luc Robitaille
Luc Robitaille

Photo Credit: Adam Pantozzi for Echoes of Hope 

Luc Robitaille is a legend in the game of hockey. The former pro, now retired and serving as President of Business Operations for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, is a Stanley Cup winner best known for his three different stints, with the Kings. He served as Kings team captain during the 1992–93 season and for the final two games of the 2005–06 season. Robitaille retired after the 2005–06 season as the highest-scoring left winger in NHL history and the holder of several Kings franchise records, along with numerous Kings playoff records. Last month, the hockey great brought his Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shootout, which benefits the organization Echoes of Hope, to Los Angeles for the first time ever after eight years at the Sundance Film Festival. The high-energy event brought together Hollywood celebrities and NHL greats to play a friendly game of hockey to benefit the charity, which he founded with his wife, Stacia, and which strives to inspire hope in the lives of at-risk and emancipated foster youth. The organization assists youth in their pursuit of independence, empowerment and a post-secondary education. Here, this NHL legend sat down with Haute Living to divulge his secrets to the City of Angels. 

Luc Robitaille Celebrity ShootoutPhoto Credit: Adam Pantozzi for Echoes of Hope


Where were you born: Montreal, CA

How long in LA: Off and on for 30 years

Neighborhood: Santa Monica

Occupation: President of Business Operations for the LA Kings

Favorite Restaurant: Forma Restaurant and Cheese Bar

Best Sushi: Nobu Malibu

Best Italian: II Ristorante di Giordio Baldi

Best dessert: Bread pudding—no raisins

Best place for a romantic date: An evening hike picnic with my wife, Stacia…wine or champagne included

Best Sunday brunch: My wife’s home cooking

Best place for a power business meeting: My office

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Casa del Mar

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Hugo Boss

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Moondance in Santa Monica for my wife

Best Spa: Two Bunch Palms

Favorite Charity Event: All Echoes of Hope events

Favorite Cultural Event: Sundance

Favorite Cultural Institution: The Hockey Hall of Fame

Best Steakhouse: Mastro’s Steakhouse

Best Pizza: Jon & Vinny’s

Best Lunch: True Food Kitchen

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: The gym at Toyota Sports Center

Best Massage: Terranea Resort

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber

Best Museum/Exhibit: The Broad

Describe your city in three words: Diverse, active, peaceful

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Will Rogers Park All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: The beach

Best Aspect of Los Angeles: The weather