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Daryl Evans, right, has been working with Nick Nickson on the Kings’ radio broadcasts since 1999.
Friday’s third installment of the 20th annual best and worst of the L.A. sports media focuses on the game analysts. We’ve got a feature on Kings radio man Daryl Evans – nearly 30 years after his game-winning goal capped the Miracle on Manchester, he’s about to reach a milestone of 1,000 games as a broadcaster. That’s a career he never really thought he’d be getting into so deep, but he’s adapted and made it work.
More than just an Interesting side note: Evans and Jim Fox are two of some 20 former Kings players who moved into the broadcasting field after their NHL playing days, spanning the last two decades.
Through research by statistician Doug Mann, who works with Fox and Bob Miller on the FSW telecasts, more than a dozen of them are still in the broadcast business, believed to be the most in any sport who are alums of the same team
Evans, a right-winger drafted by the Kings in 1981 and in L.A. through 1985, has been the radio analyst since 1999. Fox, a right winger drafted 10th overall by the Kings in 1980, played all nine NHL seasons in L.A. until 1990 when he began as a Kings broadcaster on TV.
The Kings’ alumni list in broadcasting includes:
== Mike Alison: Right wing for Kings from 1987-’90; worked as Kings radio analyst from 1995-’98.
== Pat Conacher: Center for Kings from 1992-’96; worked on Anaheim Ducks radio.
== Darren Eliot: Goaltender drafted by Kings in 1980, played in L.A. from 1984-’87; works a studio analyst for Fox Sports Detroit on Red Wings broadcast, also worked for Versus and Fox Sports South on the Atlanta Thrashers telecasts.
== Brian Engblom: Defenseman for Kings from 1984-’86; former Kings radio analyst from 1991-’95, works as color analyst for Winnipeg Jets, worked at ESPN, Versus and Columbus Blue Jackets TV.
== Ray Ferraro: Center for Kings from 1995-’99; worked for ESPN and NBC as a studio analyst, now with TSN.
== Garry Galley: Defenseman drafted by the Kings in 1983, played in L.A. from ’84-’87; works at CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and is a TV analyst for the Ottawa Senators.
== Butch Goring: Center drafted by the Kings in 1969, played in L.A. until 1980; works as an analyst for the N.Y. Islanders TV on MSG Network.
== Tony Granato: Right wing for the Kings from 1989-’96; worked for Minnesota Wild TV. Sister Cammi was a Kings radio analyst in 1998-99.
== Stu Grimson: Left wing for the Kings in 2000-’01; works as a color analyst for Nashville Predators radio, worked as studio analysis on Stanley Cup playoffs for ESPN.
== Glenn Healy: Goalie drafted by the Kings in 1985 and played in L.A. until 1989; a reporter for TSN’s coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs, game analyst for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
== Kelly Hrudey: Goalie for Kings from 1989-’96; works on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada studio team, also did HNIC radio analysis.
== Tom Laidlaw: Defenseman for Kings from 1986-’90,filled in as Kings radio analyst in 1990-’91 season while injured.
== Marty McSorley: Defenseman for Kings from 1988-’96; worked as a Fox Sports West studio analyst on Kings’ broadcasts from 2005-’06, was a San Jose Sharks game analyst for FSN Bay Area.
== Larry Murphy: Hall of Fame defenseman drafted by Kings in 1980 and played in L.A. until 1984; works as a game analyst for Fox Sports Detroit on Red Wings’ telecasts and a studio analyst on the NHL Network.
== Ed Olczyk: Center for Kings in 1996-’97; works as game analyst on NBC national telecasts and on Chicago Blackhawks games for Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV.
== Charlie Simmer: Left wing for Kings from 1977-’85; game analyst on Rogers SportsNet in Toronto for Calgary Flames’ games, former analyst for Phoenix Coyotes.
== Pete Stemkowski: Center ended his career with the Kings in 1977-’78; works as part time game analysis for N.Y. Rangers on ESPN radio, worked in TV and radio on San Jose Sharks games).
== Murray Wilson: Left wing ended his career with the Kings in 1978-’79; works as game analyst on the Montreal Canadiens’ English-language radio broadcasts.
Honorable mention: Barry Melrose, who coached the Kings from 1992-’95, went to ESPN as a studio analyst and has been there almost continuously since 1996.