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Bob Miller, the Kings’ Hall of Fame television play-by-play announcer, said Monday he would return to the broadcast booth to call his 44th season as the club celebrates its 50th campaign in the NHL, but would cut back on his travel for 2016-17.
Miller said he would call a 58-game schedule. He was sidelined for the final three months of 2015-16 after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. He plans to work all of the Kings’ home games in 2016-17 as well as selected road games, including an Oct. 7 exhibition game in Las Vegas.
The Kings open the regular season Oct. 12 against the Sharks in San Jose, when Miller celebrates his 78th birthday. Their home-opening game is two nights later against the Philadelphia Flyers at Staples Center.
Miller’s exact schedule will be announced at a later date, the Kings said.
“After 43 seasons of doing a full schedule of home and road games, and considering I’ll be 78 years old on opening night this season, I have decide the time has come to cub back on the rigors of travel,” Miller said in a statement released by the Kings. “I am pleased and thankful that I have the complete cooperation and blessing of Kings management in this decision.”
Nick Nickson, the Kings’ Hall of Fame radio voice, moved into Miller’s chair to work the TV side, joining analyst Jim Fox, after Miller underwent a heart procedure last February. Jon Rosen, who works on the Kings’ website as their in-house reporter, handled play-by-play duties on the radio.
The Kings said they would announce their replacement teams for 2016-17 at a later date.
Miller was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2000; Nickson joined him last year.