Dan Avey (1941-2010)

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Dan Avey, who during his 30-year-plus run in Southern California as a radio personality spent six years as a colorman on Kings’ hockey game broadcasts in the 1970s, died Sunday after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 69.

Avey, who in 2006 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, had taught a sports broadcasting class at Cal State Northridge and USC.

LARadio.com (linked here), which reported the news of Avey’s passing, said he was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago and immediately had his prostate removed. He was admitted to Cedars Siani Hospital on Saturday and developed pneumonia related to his recurring bouts of cancer treatment.

Avey, born in Spokane and reared in Whittier before graduating at Gonzaga, won 15 Golden Mike awards in his career that started at all-news KFWB in 1976, and continued at KFI and KABC as a news and sports anchor.

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He was a colorman on Kings’ radio and TV broadcasts, from 1969-76, working with the only three men tho have ever done play-by-play for the team — Jiggs McDonald (’69-’70, ’71-’72), Roy Storey (’72-’73) and current Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller (’73-’76). Avey, the second-ever analyst on Kings games (after McDonald worked with Ed Fitkin the first two seasons of the Kings’ existence) was replaced by Rich Marotta.

His biography on the Kings’ website (linked here) notes that Avey’s duties “were the analysis of the play, comments on the players and strategy being used, player interviews and film features. In addition, Avey wrote a scouting report on each Kings’ opponent. During summers, he conducted a series of hockey clinics sponsored by JC Penney’s. He also served as NBC-TV’s hockey expert in the production of the widely acclaimed “Peter Puck” series for the NHL Game of the Week.”

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