Bob Miller, the voice of the Los Angeles Kings for the last 43 years and arguably one of the most popular home broadcasters in the NHL, will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from his post. The longtime play-by-play man who partners with former King Jim Fox needs to have heart bypass surgery.
A timeline for his return has not been set, nor has the date of his surgery.
“It is unfortunate that I have to miss Kings telecasts but I have to get this taken care of as soon as possible,” Miller said in a statement through the Kings. “I know the telecasts will be in good hands and I hope to return to the TV booth as soon as my health allows.”
Miller is part of the broadcasters' wing in the Hockey Hall of Fame as a former Foster Hewitt Award winner. The team will have another Hall of Famer taking his place. Radio play-by-play man Nick Nickson, who won the Foster Hewitt in 2015, will be taking over the TV duties alongside Fox. Nickson’s post will be filled by Jon Rosen, who currently serves as the team’s in-house reporter for LA Kings Insider.
Even if you’re not one to follow out-of-market broadcasts, you probably know Miller’s voice from the first two Mighty Ducks movies (“Woo, Woo, Woo! Kenny Wu!”). He also lent his voice to other movie and TV productions and even has a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.
The 78-year-old Chicago native will be with the Kings as long as he's able.
Luc Robitaille, the Kings’ president of business operations, says that the team looks forward to Miller’s return but will allow the legendary play-by-play man all the time he needs to recover.