Here’s the final part of the Luc Robitaille Q&A. I hope everyone enjoyed it this week!
Question: The Hall of Fame. It’s been a couple months now since you got the call. Has it settled in? Are you starting to get excited about the ceremony?
ROBITAILLE: “I’m starting to get nervous, because I have to get hotel reservations and get all the tickets ready. (laughs) There are a couple things that are selfish. They retire my jersey, and the Hall of Fame, because that’s just me. But it’s never something that I set out to do, so I think it’s amazing. I really do. I think it’s amazing that I got there.
“I clearly remember being picked in the ninth round and taking the subway home. My dad was kind of sad, and I look at my dad and I’m like, `I’m on a list! I’m on a list! They’ve got to look at me now! I’ve got a chance!’ Did I ever think I would have a chance to get 500 goals, 600 goals and be in the Hall of Fame? Never. The only time I ever thought about it was when I got to 500 goals. Someone mentioned it to me and I thought, `Man, I’ve got a shot now.’ But it’s still surreal a little bit, but it’s something that I take great pride in. It’s just one part of my life, but they can never take that away from me, that’s for sure. So it’s pretty cool.”
Question: Lots of friends and family going to the ceremony?
ROBITAILLE: “I don’t know yet. We’re getting a lot of calls from people in L.A. who want to come, a lot of friends. Actually, it’s pretty tight there. I’m assuming there is going to be a lot of Michigan people, and people for Brian Leetch too. So I don’t know if they’re going to change the setup or whatever, but it’s really neat. The Hall of Fame is underneath, and it’s like a little dome. I don’t know exactly what that huge building is, but they have this huge dome and they do it there.
“It’s stiff, but it’s great! The chairs are all uncomfortable. It’s kind of funny, but it fits. It fits hockey. It’s not all cushy, like Hollywood. The chairs are wood chairs. I remember one year, my back was killing me. Glen Sather was on my right and literally I was squeezed there because there was an older lady on the other side. It’s funny, but it’s awesome.”