In the final installment of a two-part series on the Los Angeles Kings first play-by-play announcer, Jiggs McDonald, who will fill in for the legendary Bob Miller on tonight’s Fox Sports West telecast when the Kings skate at the BB&T Center against the Florida Panthers, McDonald shared his thoughts on how hockey has changed since 1967, and more on what it was like to work for the Kings first owner Jack Kent Cooke. He also talked about his career after leaving the Kings, and about filling in for Miller.
The Los Angeles Kings first play-by-play
announcer, Jiggs McDonald.
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Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein courtesy
Los Angeles Kings/NHL
LOS ANGELES — More than fifty years after he broadcast the first Los Angeles Kings
game, Hockey Hall of Fame
play-by-play announcer John Kenneth “Jiggs” McDonald
will call one more when the Kings skate into the BB&T Center
on February 9 to face the Florida Panthers
, filling in for another Hall of Famer, the legendary Bob Miller
, who is working a reduced schedule this year after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery last season and more recently, suffering a mild stroke during the 2017 NHL All-Star weekend.
During the Kings celebration of their 50th Anniversary last October, McDonald spoke exclusively with Frozen Royalty about his time with the Kings, which you can read in part 1 of this series. In the second and final segment, he also shared his thoughts about how things have changed in the National Hockey League over the last 50 years, about his career after he left Los Angeles, and about returning to the Kings broadcast booth for one more game.
To be sure, hockey has changed rather dramatically over the years, and, as one would reasonably expect, over the course of fifty years, there has been a great deal of change in every aspect of the game, both on the ice and off.
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