The voice of not only the Los Angeles Kings, but of all of hockey, from 1973-2017. Photo courtesy of sports.yahoo.com
THIS SITE’S OFFICIAL FAREWELL TO THE GREATEST BROADCASTER IN THE HISTORY OF HOCKEY
TO BOB MILLER, (now former) BROADCASTER, LOS ANGELES KINGS
Even though I admittedly was never much of a hockey fan, having never been on ice skates to this day and still not completely understanding what the icing penalty is,
That does not lessen my appreciation of you as one of the golden trifecta of Los Angeles sports broadcasters as along with Vin Scully with baseball and the Dodgers and Chick Hearn with basketball and the Lakers, you literally brought hockey to the Southern California masses through your voice.
I would take you over the arrival of Wayne Gretzky as far as giving the Kings, and hockey in general, credibility in a part of the United States where a game played on ice in the winter was never through to be a practical option, given the lack of cold weather.
For four and a half decades, whether you were based at the Forum in Inglewood or Staples Center downtown, you were the best friend of millions of Kings fans.
Bob Miller’s big thank you to the fans at Staples Center after calling his last home game, courtesy of YouTube
PRESENTING: Bob Miller’s very last words in his very last Kings broadcast after a 44-year career for the ages, courtesy of YouTube.
I particularly liked it when you were the voice in those Mighty Ducks movies as there could have been no better choice; at least indirectly, through those cameos you had a part in bringing the NHL to Orange County in the form of the Anaheim Ducks.
And of course I was happiest for you when the Kings won those two Stanley Cups, especially the first one in 2012 as you waited 39 years for it.
The fact that you are the last of that L.A. Sports trifecta, at the risk of sounding like a cliché, signals the true end of an era as your 44-year career officially ended yesterday at Honda Center.
An era that had to end at some point as nothing is forever, but that doesn’t mean that I or anyone else has to like it.
As such, let me join the countless hockey fans in SoCal and everywhere else in wishing you nothing but the best of the best.
And one more thing…
#THANKYOUBOB (you know I had to put that in)
Derek Hart – someone who appreciates great sports broadcasting.
Bob Miller with one of the Kings’ two Stanley Cups. Photo courtesy of pe.com