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One More (Important) Story on Bob Miller’s Retirement

BOB MILLER RETIRES: Also includes selected photographs from Bob Miller’s final games.


Los Angeles Kings Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Bob Miller (center), shown here with his family after the
final home game of his 44-year career on April 8, 2017 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Photo: Shelly Castellano/SCPIX

LOS ANGELES — On April 10, the Los Angeles Kings relieved President/General Manager Dean Lombardi and head coach Darryl Sutter of their duties, replacing Lombardi with Rob Blake, who was named as Vice President/General Manager and by promoting Luc Robitaille to President, overseeing both business and hockey operations.

Despite the fact that this should be the big story, Frozen Royalty will wait to publish analysis of the front office shake up until after the Kings press conference on Tuesday. After all, there is one more story about their legendary, now-former Voice of the Kings, Bob Miller, who retired on April 9 after his final two broadcasts over the weekend.

That begs the question: Why am I only getting around to writing about Miller now?

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Bob Miller’s Retirement Press Conference Was Really About All of Us Instead

Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller (left),the Voice of the Kings, shown here with his wife, Judy (center) and Kings President/Business Operations Luc Robitaille, announced his retirement
at a press conference at Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 3, 2017.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Legendary Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Bob Miller announced his retirement during a press conference on Thursday afternoon at Staples Center in Los Angeles, an event in which virtually every news outlet in the Los Angeles area and just about all of the local hockey media were represented.

The easy observation here is that Miller demands that much respect. But even more significant, he is truly loved by so many of us who cover the team, as well as others in the local sports media whose lives and careers Miller has had a positive impact on.

To be sure, the press conference was held for Miller to talk about his health and to announce his retirement plans. But if you think the press conference was about Miller, guess again.

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LA Kings First Play-By-Play Voice, Jiggs McDonald, Reminisces

Years before the Voice of the Kings, Bob Miller, began his 44 years behind the mic for the Los Angeles Kings, Jiggs McDonald, a Hall of Famer in his own right who will fill in for Miller on February 9 when the Kings skate against the Florida Panthers, called the action for the Kings for their first five seasons in the National Hockey League. In part 1 of this two-part story, McDonald shared some memories from his time with the Kings.


Former Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Jiggs McDonald (right) with former Kings forward Brian Kilrea (left), prior to the team’s 2016-17
home opener on October 14, 2016.
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Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — As anyone who follows the Los Angeles Kings knows, the long-time Voice of the Kings, Bob Miller, is practically synonymous with the team. It is virtually impossible to talk about the Kings and their history without, at the very least, mentioning their Hall of Fame broadcaster, now in his 44th season calling the action for the team.

But before Miller, when the Kings first arrived in Southern California, their first play-by-play announcer, John Kenneth “Jiggs” McDonald, who became a Hall of Famer in his own right, was behind the microphone on Kings television and radio broadcasts for the team’s first five seasons.

After the Kings, McDonald’s illustrious career includes stints with the Atlanta Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, three Olympic Winter Games, Sports Channel America, and New York Mets baseball. But he is best known for his 13 seasons doing play-by-play for the New York Islanders—the Isles won three Stanley Cup Championships with McDonald behind the mic.

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Mike Corrigan Has A Lot Of Fond Memories of His Time With The LA Kings

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Part 1 of a two-part story featuring the memories of right wing Mike Corrigan, who shared some interesting stories about his time with the Los Angeles Kings exclusively with Frozen Royalty.


Former Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Corrigan (right), shown here
with his son during the team’s 2016 home opener weekend
in which the 1967-68 Kings players were honored.
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Photo: Jeff Moeller/Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — On October 14, when the Los Angeles Kings honored their 1967-68 team as part of the franchise’s 50th Anniversary commemoration, the 13 players from that first Kings team who were able to attend, along with the team’s first play-by-play announcer, Jiggs McDonald, had the time of their lives, by all accounts.

Not only did they enjoy all the festivities and the first class treatment they got, but they also enjoyed reuniting with each other out of the spotlight, sharing stories, reminiscing, and enjoying the camaraderie they had as teammates so many years ago.

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Bob Miller Is On Track For Return To LA Kings Telecasts

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE WITH AUDIO: The legendary, long-time Voice of the Kings, Bob Miller, spoke exclusively with Frozen Royalty on July 27. Here’s an update on his condition, where he is in his recovery, details on what he was diagnosed with, and if he’ll be back behind the microphone soon. You can also listen to the audio of the interview with Miller, some of which is not included in this story.


LA Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller, shown here with his wife, Judy, at their
Stanley Cup Party on June 26, 2012.
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Photo courtesy Bob Miller

LOS ANGELES — On January 27, 2016, Los Angeles Kings faithful held their collective breath when the news broke that beloved, long-time television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller would be taking an immediate medical leave of absence so that he could undergo cardiac bypass surgery.

“I did have some chest pain [years ago], but when I had a physical, they’d say that the numbers on the blood test for your heart are right where they should be,” the 78-year-old native of Chicago, Illinois explained. “But our doctor said, ‘let’s do another test.’ There’s a test for calcium build-up around the heart and the arteries. The normal numbers, as I understand it, are in the 400’s. Mine came back at 3,300.”

“So they did an angiogram and that’s when the doctor—I was still in the room, on the table—he called [his wife], Judy over,” Miller elaborated. “He had it on the TV screen and said that there were four arteries that were 90 percent blocked.”

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