If you had told LA Kings fans last spring that the closest thing to some early December weekend entertainment involving their team would be on the Disney Channel, they would have laughed you right out of Staples. But with the 2011-12 Stanley Cup champions still locked out of any chance to repeat, tonight’s appearance by president of business operations Luc Robitaille on the season premiere of Phineas & Ferb is as good as it gets.
Robitaille plays himself in an episode titled “For Your Ice Only.” He tells nhl.com that he was not familiar with the hugely popular animated show and that this whole thing in fact was the idea of a team colleague:
Robitaille agreed to do it at the urging of his assistant, Kehly Sloane, whose son is a big fan… “When we started planning a hockey-themed episode, we knew we wanted to include a real legend of the sport. Luc just seemed like a natural choice,” said Dan Povenmire, co-creator and executive producer. “I’d heard him several times on the radio and knew he was funny as well. [We’re] very glad he said yes.”
In tonight’s episode, the two leads seek out Hall of Famer Robitaille, who was inducted in the fall of 2009, for some key advice.