The LA Kings announced today that the team's longtime lead broadcaster, Bob Miller, will undergo open-heart surgery and miss an undisclosed amount of time. He has been in the team's TV or radio both for 43 seasons. For tonight's game at Staples Center, he will be replaced by the Kings' radio play-by-play announcer, Nick Nickson. No date for the surgery has been set.
Miller, I believe, is third behind Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin [*fixed] in terms of time with a Los Angeles sports team. Per the Kings statement:
“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.”
Said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille: “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.”