LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Kings will honor the profession of retired longtime broadcaster Bob Miller Saturday, unveiling a statue of him outdoors Staples Middle and hanging a banner in his honor from the world’s rafters.
Miller’s statue in Star Plaza will be a part of these of different native sports activities luminaries resembling Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Luc Robitaille. The statue would be the second honoring a broadcaster, becoming a member of that of the late Laker broadcaster Chick Hearn.
Miller will turn into the primary non-participant to be honored by the Kings with a banner inside the world. He’ll be a part of a roster of Kings luminaries already so honored — Robitaille, Gretzky, Rob Blake, Dave Taylor, Marcel Dionne and Rogie Vachon.
The unveilings will probably be executed previous to the Kings recreation towards the Anaheim Geese, which begins at 7:30 p.m. All followers attending the sport will obtain a Bob Miller bobblehead.
Miller, seventy nine, introduced his retirement March 2, 2017, and in April, he referred to as the three,353rd and last recreation of his forty four-season profession with the Kings.
“On account of 4 separate well being incidents the final yr, quadruple bypass coronary heart surgical procedure, a transient ischemic assault, a light stroke and a stent positioned in my left carotid artery, and with physician’s recommendation to decelerate, it’s time for me to retire,” Miller stated when he introduced his retirement.
Miller turned a hockey announcer in 1968, when this system director at his radio station in Madison, Wisconsin, advised him he can be saying a College of Wisconsin recreation the next Friday as a result of it was the varsity’s solely workforce to win persistently and draw standing-room-solely crowds.
Miller first sought to be employed by the Kings in 1972, when the group’s unique announcer, Jiggs McDonald, left for the enlargement Atlanta Flames.
Hearn really helpful Miller for the job, however staff proprietor Jack Kent Cooke employed California Golden Seals announcer Roy Storey.
When Storey was fired after one season, Hearn once more advisable Miller, with Cooke going alongside that second time.
There was a profit to the one-season delay in becoming a member of the Kings. Staying at Wisconsin, he broadcast the Badgers throughout their 1972-seventy three NCAA championship season.
Miller needed to wait 39 years to broadcast one other title-profitable group, when the Kings gained the Stanley Cup in 2012, which they gained once more in 2014.
Miller’s honors embrace the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, given to members of the tv and radio industries for excellent contributions to their career and hockey, a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame and membership within the halls of fame of the Kings and Southern California Sports activities Broadcasters Affiliation.
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