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Robitaille says it’s time for him to retire

n EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Luc Robitaille managed to keep his emotions in check while thanking the Los Angeles Kings and their championship-starved fans at his retirement announcement Tuesday.

He began ticking off his favorite moments during 14 seasons spent with the Kings his first game in 1986, the team’s improbable run to the 1993 Stanley Cup finals and becoming the club’s career goal scorer earlier this season.

Robitaille will play his final home regular-season game Saturday against Calgary before the Kings end the season Monday at San Jose. With three games left, they are all but out of the playoff picture.

Daily Journal, wire reports