Professionalism And Pain: Bob Miller, Jim Fox Forced To Be Healthy Scratches During Most Of LA Kings Playoff Run

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: As so many who follow the Los Angeles Kings are very much aware, their award-winning, highly-acclaimed television broadcasters, Bob Miller and Jim Fox, were forced out of the broadcast booth after Game 5 of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals with NBC having exclusive rights to televise NHL playoff games from the second round on. In the tenth installment of a series featuring the Kings’ long-time broadcasters, Miller and Fox talk about what it was like to watch most of the Kings’ magical run to the Stanley Cup from a perspective that was completely different from what they’re used to.


LA Kings television broadcasters Jim Fox (left)
and Bob Miller (right), shown here at Miller’s
Stanley Cup party on June 26, 2012.
Photo courtesy Bob Miller

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — The complaints were loud and clear, and very, very frequent, especially once the Los Angeles Kings reached the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

Kings fans wanted to see and hear their long-time television broadcasters, Bob Miller and Jim Fox, who were unable to broadcast games after the first round of the playoffs.

Miller, the 39-season Voice of the Kings, who was the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2000, making him a media honoree in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Fox, who has partnered with Miller for 22 seasons, were forced out of the broadcast booth because NBC’s contract with the National Hockey League gives them exclusive broadcast rights beginning with the second round of the playoffs, a fact that many fans were not aware of, or did not understand.

Miller and Fox knew, but that did not make it any easier.

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Los Angeles Kings Broadcasters: Anze Kopitar Is Now An Elite Player

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: As this series featuring the long-time broadcasters of the Los Angeles Kings continues, like everyone else, they marveled at how forwards Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, and Anze Kopitar raised their level of play during the Kings’ 2012 run to the Stanley Cup. Part nine of a series.


LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here during the on-ice celebration at
Staples Center, after the Kings won their first Stanley Cup
Championship on June 11, 2012.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings blew through the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 16-4 record, winning the first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise, many pointed to the fact that they got contributions from everyone in the lineup as a key factor in their success.

That the Kings got those contributions from every player, all the way through their lineup, was significant, without a doubt. However, no team can win the Stanley Cup unless their best players are just that, in every game.

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LA Kings Broadcasters Examine The Roles Of Dean Lombardi, Darryl Sutter In Stanley Cup Win

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Since the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup last June, the vast majority of the attention has been on the their players, for reasons that should be obvious. But someone had to show them the way, and someone else had to put all the pieces together. In part eight of a series featuring the long-time broadcasters of the Los Angeles Kings, they share their thoughts on the contributions of head coach Darryl Sutter and President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.


LA Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, shown here addressing the Staples Center crowd during the team’ Stanley Cup Championship Rally on June 14, 2012.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Before the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup on June 11, 2012, they were a mostly beleaguered franchise that was known much more for stumbling and bumbling its way through its 45-year history than anything else.

For the most part, all that changed when the Kings won the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history nearly four months ago. But just six years prior, things were about as Read more of this post

Jim Fox, Daryl Evans Not Surprised By LA Kings 2012 Playoff Success

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: In part six of a series featuring the long-time broadcasters of the Los Angeles Kings, play-by-play announcers Bob Miller and Nick Nickson shared their thoughts on the Kings and their dominating run through the 2012 playoffs, including their expectations going in, and how they changed as the Kings got past the first round. Interestingly, their color commentator partners, Jim Fox and Daryl Evans, respectively, shared perspectives that differed considerably from those of Miller and Nickson. They shared their thoughts in part seven.


From left: Former LA Kings right wing and general manager Dave Taylor (center), flanked (from left) by LA Kings broadcasters Jim Fox,
Bob Miller, Nick Nickson, and Daryl Evans, shown here during
MIller’s Stanley Cup party in late June.
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Photo courtesy Bob Miller

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — As most who follow hockey know by now, the Los Angeles Kings barely squeaked into the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference, only to dominate every opponent, earning a 16-4 record on their way to winning the first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise.

The Kings finally hoisted the Stanley Cup on June 11, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, after winning Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, 6-1, over the New Jersey Devils, eliminating them in six games.

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Bob Miller And Nick Nickson: 2012 Playoff Expectations Started Low For LA Kings, But Quickly Skyrocketed

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Even though only one pair of Los Angeles Kings broadcasters got to work throughout the playoffs this past season, they all had their own views on the Kings as they tore through the playoffs. But what is most interesting, although maybe not surprising, is that each of them had slightly different expectations going into the post-season. In part six of this series, play-by-play announcers Bob Miller and Nick Nickson share their thoughts on the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings, and their incredible run through the playoffs. Check back next week for what color commentators Daryl Evans and Jim Fox had to say on the topic.


After 39 years, Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer
Bob Miller got his opportunity to hoist the Stanley Cup after the Kings
won it for the first time in franchise history on June 11, 2012, with
radio play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson (left), and team
captain Dustin Brown (right) looking on.
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Photo courtesy Bob Miller

LOS ANGELES — Nine months ago, despite sky high expectations, the Los Angeles Kings were not scoring goals, and, as a result, were struggling to remain in contention for a playoff berth.

But a coaching change, the recall of two forwards from the minor leagues who no one expected anything from, and a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline, combined to help lead the Kings from being on the verge of missing the post-season to the first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise.

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