Blake named Monarchs’ GM

Former Los Angeles Kings captain and defenseman Rob Blake has been named the club’s assistant general manager, it was announced Thursday.

In addition, Blake now oversees the Manchester Monarchs’ hockey operations department while serving as general manager of the Kings’ primary affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Blake – the Kings’ all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points by a defenseman – replaces Ron Hextall, who is leaving the Kings organization to take a front office position with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Blake played 20 NHL seasons with the Kings (1990-2001 and 2006-08), the San Jose Sharks (2008-10) and the Colorado Avalanche (2001-06), where he won a Stanley Cup in 2001. He recorded 777 points in 1,270 regular season games while in 146 playoff games he registered 73 points.

Blake, 43, served as the Kings’ captain from 1996-2001 and again from 2007-08. He helped lead the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993; won the franchise’s first Norris Trophy in 1998; captured a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics; and made six trips to the NHL All-Star Game including four as a King.

In his new role, Blake assists Lombardi in all facets of the Kings’ hockey operations department, including contract negotiations, player personnel and overseeing the organization’s top prospects.