Longtime L.A. Kings play-by-play announcer Bob Miller will be sidelined for quite some time due to a medical leave of absence. Miller is scheduled to have medical procedure done due to huge blockage in his arteries and is slated to undergo heart bypass surgery. Timetable for recovery is undetermined, however it was discovered during a routine doctor visit and is expected to make a full healthy recovery after surgery.
“It is unfortunate that I have to miss Kings telecasts but I have to get this taken care of as soon as possible,” said Miller. “I know the telecasts will be in good hands and I hope to return to the TV booth as soon as my health allows.”
In conjunction with FOX Sports West and KABC Radio, the Kings have announced that radio play-by-play Nick Nickson will temporarily fill in for Miller on Kings telecasts with TV Analyst Jim Fox starting on Feburary 2 against the Arizona Coyotes. On the radio side, Kings insider Jon Rosen will call the play-by-play with Daryl Evans on KABC 790 AM.
Everyone is concerned about the state of Miller, and as one of the staples of L.A. broadcasting, he is truly one of a kind. He’s definitely in the same class as the late Chick Hearn and Vin Scully, whom dominated the L.A. broadcasting scene for many decades. Everyone is concerned about the state of Miller, and as one of the staples of L.A. broadcasting, he is truly one of a kind. He’s definitely in the same class as the late Chick Hearn and Vin Scully, whom dominated the L.A. sports broadcasting scene for many decades.
Miller could paint a picture with his unique voice that would put you right in the seat of the action.
“He will be fine. He’s a tough little bugger,” head coach Darryl Sutter said smiling. “All of that hollering he’s done over the years can cause a little bit of damage, but he will be fine. He deserves a little time off. He was probably doing play-by-play from the couch tonight out loud.”
Miller has touched many within the Kings organization in such a magnetic way, that President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille is impacted by Miller’s absence.
“Like all Kings fans we wish Bob a safe and speedy recovery. We look forward to hearing his familiar voice on our broadcasts again real soon but it is important that Bob take his time to recover as his health is the top priority.”
Many of the players found out about Miller’s health situation through social media.
“Obviously he’s been here longer than most of the [current] team combined,” Anze Kopitar said after the game. “Everyone hopes that everything will go well for him and hopefully we can see him as soon as possible.”
Miller has accomplished a great deal in 43 years of broadcasting Kings games. Besides witnessing the arrival of Wayne Gretzky who elevated the culture of hockey out West, but also the team’s first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1993. To commemorate his 25 years of loyal service to the organization, Miller was honored by having the Staples Center press box named after him in 1998 and was presented with a “lifetime contract” by the club in 1997.
Along with his duties for the Kings, Miller’s voice has been heard on numerous TV and film projects, including Cheers, Rollerball, Miracle on Ice, and ironically The Mighty Ducks and The Mighty Ducks 2.
Miller was named as one of the six inaugural members of the Kings Hall of Fame during the organization’s 30th Anniversary celebration and has called two Stanley Cups in a three year span. We hope to have Bob Miller back healthier to call many more Stanley Cup appearances by the Kings this year and for years to come.