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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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LA Kings Luc Robitaille Honored With Statue Erected At Staples Center – In Photos

LA Kings President/Business Operations Luc Robitaille (left), his family, and “Voice of the Kings” Bob Miller (right)
look on as a statue of Robitaille is unveiled at Staples Center on March 7, 2015.
Photo: David Sheehan, CaliShooterOne Photography/FrozenRoyalty.net

 

LOS ANGELES — The Anschutz Entertainment Group honored former Los Angeles Kings left wing and current President/Business Operations Luc Robitaille by erecting a statue of him in Star Plaza at Staples Center on March 7, 2015.

A large crowd of fans, Kings alumni and honored guests, witnessed the statue unveiling, including former Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Mario Lemieux, and two others with statues in Star Plaza: former Los Angeles Lakers superstar guard and former general manager Jerry West, and former Kings superstar Wayne Gretzky.

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Voice Of The King: The Bob Miller Story – Photo Contest Winners Announced

Courtesy Charlie Minn/VoiceOfTheKingFilm.com
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LOS ANGELES — In case you missed it, the DVD version of Voice of the King: The Bob Miller Story, a documentary about the career of Los Angeles Kings Hall-of-Fame play-by-play announcer Bob Miller, is now available after the film made its debut at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 on December 5.

This past week, Frozen Royalty has been running a photo contest, offering four copies of the DVD, autographed by Miller, for fan’s best photos of themselves that are Los Angeles Kings-related.

The winners are…

To view the winning photos, click on any image below to view a larger image and to scroll through the photos.

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