A two-year contract extension signed last week sets Kings’ Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play man Bob Miller up through the 2012-13 season, which would mark 40 seasons with the organization.
“My nightmare is that the season I leave, the team finally wins the Stanley Cup,” said Miller, who’ll turn 73 in October.
Miller had been signing one-year contracts recently, and was told by the team it was up to him on whether he wanted to return each year.
With the recent announcements that Vin Scully would come back for his 63rd season and Jaime Jarrin would be back for his 54th next year with the Dodgers, Miller’s extension, which has yet to be announced by the Kings, seems only natural.
The extension means that all four Kings broadcasters will have their contracts end in 2013 — TV colorman Jim Fox, in the middle of a three-year deal now, as well as radio broadcasters Nick Nickson and Darryl Evans.
Miller and Fox will start their 22nd season together this fall on the TV side.
“To be honest, I’ve had more people ask me lately how long I wanted to keep doing this, and I’m sure age has something to do with it,” said Miller. “There is a point where you wonder whether it’s worth being away from home, all the travel. But the other thing is that you can get worried that if you say you’d like to retire, but a month into the season you really want to come back, then it’s too late.
“If there are physical issues, that’s one thing. There’s no second-guessing that. But I don’t want to leave and have to regret it later.”
Miller said from his home in West Hills that he’s already doing prep work for the season that starts next month.
“Every year about this time, you get anxious to get things going,” he said. “As long as you feel that way at the end of August and in early September, you keep doing it. The team has been very good for me. I just know I won’t be challenging Vinny for 63 years. I’d be 98.”
But more than likely, sounding just as enthusiastic and spot-on with his calls.