Former Kings play-by-play man Storey dies at 85

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Roy Storey, who spent one season as the Kings television/radio play-by-play man in 1972-73 with Dan Avey – between the first play-by-play announcer in Kings history, Jiggs McDonald, and the current voice of the Kings, Bob Miller – has died at the age of 85.

Storey died this afternoon at his home in Desert Hot Springs after a lengthy illness, said his longtime friend Len Shapiro.

A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., Storey was the voice of the California Golden Seals in 1970 where he became known for his ferocious call “shot on goal!!” In 1971, he was sports director of KYA in San Francisco when the Seals did not broadcast their games.

In 1972, McDonald left the Kings to join the expansion Atlanta Flames. Kings owner Jack Kent Cooke put Lakers’ broadcaster Chick Hearn to search for a replacement. Hearn recommended Miller for the job, but Cooke decided to hire long- Storey.

When Storey left the team after one season, the Kings went back to hire Miller in 1973.

Storey’s career included stints behind the microphone for major league baseball on KYA 1260 and for one of the earliest sports-talk programs in the mid-1950s on Oakland’s KLX. Storey was also the color and play-by-play voice of the San Francisco 49ers alongside Bob Fouts, the Western Hockey League Seals alongside Don Klein and eventually the NHL’s Oakland Seals.

He also served as the radio announcer for hockey games at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley and was the voice of Saint Mary’s College basketball for many years. In addition, he was a news anchor at 1260/KYA in the 1970s.

In 2008, Storey was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.

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  • chipgriffiths

    Bob Miller might be in the Hockey HOF as a broadcaster but it was Roy Storey who lit the imaginations of thousands of kids who still love hockey today in So Cal and remember with fondness his trademark: SHOT ON GOAL save Rogatien Vaaaaachon! RIP and God bless Roy. My brothers and I miss you.