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Going Deep With New LA Kings Broadcaster Alex Faust – Part 4

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: The first three installments of this series about new Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer Alex Faust took an in-depth look at his background, how he got the job, his broadcasting style, his ideas for Kings telecasts and his thoughts on following in the footsteps of legendary, Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller. In the final installment, we’ll look at Faust’s biggest challenge in his new job, and it probably isn’t what you think it is.


Newly-hired Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Alex Faust.
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — As reported in Part 3 of this series, once new Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer Alex Faust utters his first words during his debut Kings telecast on Fox Sports West in October, he’ll face significant pressure from various sources, primarily because all eyes will be on him as the new guy, but also because he’ll be following in the footsteps of a superstar, Bob Miller, a Hall of Famer, a legend.

Indeed, Faust will have to deal with a significant amount of pressure, including from himself, to provide fans with the high-quality broadcast they expect, game in and game out.

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Going Deep With New LA Kings Broadcaster Alex Faust – Part 3

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: In the third installment of a multi-part series about newly-hired Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer Alex Faust, he talked about his broadcasting style, and the fact that he’s following in the footsteps of legendary Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller, not to mention the pressure that brings to his new job.


Newly-hired Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Alex Faust (right), shown here during a college
basketball broadcast for Fox Sports.
Photo courtesy Fox Sports/Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — After getting so accustomed to and comfortable with the style that legendary play-by-play announcer Bob Miller brought to Los Angeles Kings broadcasts for 44 seasons, fans will have to get used to new play-by-play announcer Alex Faust, who was hired by the Kings on June 1 to succeed Miller, who retired after the end of the 2016-17 regular season.

Although no one can replace Miller, the Hall of Fame Voice of the Kings, like it or not, Faust will be the new guy behind the microphone. But what will likely be music to the ears of Kings fans is that Faust’s style shares one key point with that of Miller—he doesn’t use catchphrases or shtick.

“I don’t do catchphrases, I don’t do gimmicks, I don’t do shtick,” he said. “Those are just not things you’ll find with me. If you’re looking for a catchphrase, if you’re looking for something kitschy that I’ll bring to the table, you’re not going to get it, and I won’t be apologetic about that.”

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Going Deep With New LA Kings Broadcaster Alex Faust – Part 2

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: In Part 1 of this multi-part series about Los Angeles Kings newly-hired television play-by-play broadcaster Alex Faust, he talked about his rather unique path to becoming a sports broadcaster. In Part 2, he talked about how he and the Kings found each other, not to mention some of his thoughts about the Kings television broadcasts going forward.


Newly-hired Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Alex Faust (left) with Kings television color commentator Jim Fox (right)
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — Once Los Angeles Kings legendary Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Bob Miller announced on March 3, 2017 that he would retire at the end of the 2016-17 season, the question was:

Would the Kings hire a veteran play-by-play announcer, or would they go with a young, up-and-coming broadcaster who could grow into the role and hopefully, establish himself as a star in its own right in a long career with the team, as Miller did?

Educated bets were on the latter option, and the Kings made those bets winners on June 1, when they announced the hiring of Brooklyn, New York native Alex Faust, who has called games at both the college and professional level, and not just in hockey. But at 28 years of age, not only is he relatively inexperienced, but also has the distinction of being the youngest broadcaster in the National Hockey League. Moreover, although many predicted that the Kings would go with a young, up-and-coming broadcaster, it is unlikely that anyone thought they would choose someone that young and more importantly, someone who is pretty much an unknown.

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Teamwork Was One Of The Big Stories At Charity Hockey Game Benefitting Be The Match

Amber Lynette Hall (#77 in yellow, wearing the captain’s “C,” shown here during Knights of the Forum charity hockey game,
held at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calfornia on August 16, 2015.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — We’re still almost two months away from the start of the 2015-16 National Hockey League season. But for fans of the Los Angeles Kings, their team has not been on the ice since April 11, more than three months ago, a layoff many are no longer accustomed to after seeing their team play until mid-June when they won the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Championships.

But on August 16, one could hear the vaguely familiar sounds of hockey pucks banging off the boards and clanking off goal posts. One could also hear the sounds of skates cutting into the ice as players tried to stop, of stick blades striking pucks on a slap shot, and of fans cheering loudly when a goal was scored.

Indeed, a charity hockey game benefitting Be The Match, sponsored by the 2,300-plus member Knights of the Forum group on Facebook, was played at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California on August 16, in front of a sell-out crowd of over 400 fans.

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One Of The Most Lopsided Trades In NHL History Involved The LA Kings And Larry Murphy

LA KINGS HISTORY: Selecting defenseman Larry Murphy in the first round on the 1980 National Hockey League Entry Draft was a momentous occasion for the Los Angeles Kings. After all, they had a long history of trading away their first round picks and drafting poorly. But Murphy went on to become a star in the NHL, and a four-time Stanley Cup winner. The only problem, from a Kings perspective, was that, like so many others, Murphy went elsewhere to do it.

In the final installment of this series, Frozen Royalty spoke to Murphy about his time with the Kings, the friction with the coaching staff that started his problems with the team, and why he had to leave, a story that probably isn’t what you might expect.


Former LA Kings star defenseman Larry Murphy, shown here during the Kings Fantasy Camp on March 12, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Defenseman Larry Murphy burst onto the scene with the Los Angeles Kings in the 1980-81 season, making a huge, immediate impact, scoring 16 goals and adding 60 assists for 76 points in 80 games in his rookie season—he finished second in the Calder Memorial Trophy (rookie of the year) to the legendary Peter Stastny that season.

Murphy scored 22 goals and tallied 44 assists for 66 points in the 1981-82 season, followed by 14 goals and 48 assists for 62 points in the 1982-83 season.

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