Kings announce fill-in announcers when Bob Miller isn’t traveling this season

The Kings announced their list of replacement announcers when Hall of Fame play-by-play man Bob Miller isn’t working this season. Gary Thorne will work eight games, Chris Cuthbert and Ralph Strangis will work four apiece and Jiggs McDonald will work one game alongside analyst Jim Fox. McDonald was the Kings’ first broadcaster, starting in their inaugural 1967-68 season. Miller earlier announced plans to work a limited schedule after undergoing heart surgery last season.

Thorne will work games Nov. 8 at Toronto; Nov. 10 at Montreal; Nov. 11 at Ottawa, Nov. 13 at Winnipeg; Nov. 15 at Colorado; Dec. 13 at Buffalo, Dec. 15 at Detroit and Dec. 18 at Boston.

Strangis will work games Dec. 20 at Columbus; Dec. 22 at Nashville; Dec. 23 at Dallas and Dec. 26 at Carolina.

Cuthbert will work games Jan. 21 at the New York Islanders, Jan. 23 at the New York Rangers; Jan. 24 at New Jersey and Feb. 4 at Philadelphia.

McDonald will work the Feb. 9 game at Florida.


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Kings’ announcer Bob Miller will be back, but with a reduced schedule for 2016-17

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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.


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L.A. Kings announcer Bob Miller featured in a new documentary film

Bob Miller is the subject of a new 80-minute film called “Voice of the King,” which will have its premiere Dec. 5 at the Regal Cinema at L.A. Live for a minimum one-week run. Filmmaker Charlie Minn highlights Miller’s Hall of Fame career as the KIngs’ play-by-play announcer since 1973. There is a website:

Further information is set to be announced Dec. 1.

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Bob Miller talks about the changes (for the better) at Madison Square Garden

Kings broadcaster Bob Miller took a look around the renovated Madison Square Garden before the team’s first regular-season game since the construction job was complete and didn’t recognize the place. The sight lines were much improved for the broadcasters, with better angles and lighting.

“In Madison Square Garden before they renovated it, our broadcast position,” Miller said before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday. “in my opinion was the worst in the league. It was a low angle and way back and to see the game, really see the game, it was very difficult to pick up players coming off the bench and coming into the game.

“And I would actually do more of the play-by-play off the monitor than in Madison Square Garden than in any other building because I couldn’t see part of the time. So now they’ve renovated it and put so-called bridges up, so you’re closer to the ice and you have a really nice angle looking down at the ice.

“So, on our telecast here this year, I said, ‘They’ve done a really nice job here in Madison Square Garden putting this bridge in so we have a nice view of the game.’ Then I said, ‘I’ve been doing games here for 41 years and tonight’s the first game I’ve ever seen.’”



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Another honor for Bob Miller.

Kings play-by-play announcer Bob Miller was announced today as one of five inductees to the California Sports Hall of Fame’s 2011 class.

Miller will be inducted Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Ontario Convention Center, along with Dick Vermeil, Ken Norton, Mike Haynes and boxer Tony Lopez. In his 38th season with the Kings, Miller recently won the top TV Play-by-Play award at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters luncheon for the seventh time.

The induction reception for the Hall’s fifth class begins at 5 p.m., and the dinner/ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $400, or $260 for just the dinner/ceremony. More details are available on the California Sports Hall of Fame’s website.

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Ten questions with Bob and Nick


Here’s a new feature for the blog, and another great idea Don has brought to the table. It’s 10 questions with Bob Miller and Nick Nickson, who give some open and honest opinions about some of the issues the Kings are dealing with these days. There will be a second part, with color commentators Jim Fox and Daryl Evans. Thanks to all involved!
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