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LA Kings First Play-By-Play Voice, Jiggs McDonald, Reminisces – Part 2

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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Stanley Cup Win Moves LA Kings Hall Of Fame Broadcaster Bob Miller Closer To Retirement

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: With the Los Angeles Kings winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history last June, their Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Bob Miller moved a step closer to retirement. In the final installment of a series featuring the Kings’ long-time broadcasters, Miller talked about his future, along with what he is working on during the NHL lockout.


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 — To coin a phrase using a local hockey term, the Los Angeles area was blessed for many years with a “Triple Crown Line” of play-by-play announcers calling the action for three of our local sports teams.

As Southern California sports fans know, Vin Scully is an institution with the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the late Chick Hearn called the action for the Los Angeles Lakers, and was as much of an institution as Scully is for the Dodgers.

The third member of that Hall of Fame trio is Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller, who has called the action for the Kings for 39 seasons. He was the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2000, which recognizes “…members of the radio and television industry who made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game during their career in hockey broadcasting,” making him a media honoree in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Miller has received countless awards and honors, in addition to the 2000 honor by Read more of this post