Taking over dual duties behind the microphone, Dave serves as the Public Address Announcer for the Kings as well as their AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign. Following a successful 25-year run in the radio industry working for ESPN, NBC, ABC and Westwood One, Dave now works as Manager of Alumni Relations for the Kings and assists with the LA Kings High School Hockey League.
Dave was born and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where hockey was a part of his life from a very early age. He attended Hofstra University on Long Island, where he majored in Communications and played hockey all four years. He served as team captain during his senior season and was selected as a first-team All-Star twice. Dave also went on to coach at Hofstra following his playing career.
In addition to his work with the Kings and Reign, Dave is the fill-in Public Address Announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy. Previously, he served as PA Announcer for the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the ECHL, worked as the sideline reporter on the Kings radio broadcasts and the locker room reporter for the team's website. Dave has been featured on numerous national television and radio programs and does voiceover work as well.
Dave, his wife Carly and their four dogs live in Santa Clarita.
The 2015-2016 season is Dieter's 20th with the Kings and his 26th consecutive NHL season. Ruehle played the organ at his first NHL game on October 5, 1989 (Kings vs Toronto) at the age of 20. Among his responsibilities, he plays the organ, DJ's and sounds the Kings goal horns.
A native of Los Angeles, Ruehle got his start playing the organ at sporting events in 1984 when he was hired by the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League at the age of 15. In 1992, after three seasons with the Kings and working other events at The Forum, Ruehle was hired by the San Jose Sharks. He spent five seasons as the organist for the Sharks ('92-'93 thru '96-'97). After a brief stint with the Phoenix Coyotes during the '97-'98 season, Ruehle returned to the Kings for the '98-'99 season, which was the Kings final season at The Forum. After the opening of STAPLES Center, Ruehle was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers, Sparks (WNBA) and Avengers (AFL).
Ruehle's work has been heard at two Stanley Cup Finals with the Kings: 2012 and 2014, and five NBA Finals with the Lakers: 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Ruehle played the organ and DJ'd at Men's and Women's Ice Hockey games at the last four Winter Olympics: 2014 in Sochi, Russia, 2010 in Vancouver, 2006 in Torino, Italy, and 2002 in Salt Lake. He also DJ'd at Men's and Women's Basketball games at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics.
Ruehle has played the organ at six NBA All-Star games, and at two NHL All-Star games. He's also worked several NBA events in Europe and China, and he DJ'd at the 2011 Arab Games in Doha, Qatar. Ruehle also played the organ music on EA Sports' video games NHL '94, NHL '95 and NHL '96.
The 2016-17 season is Jay Flats' 9th season as the In-Arena and Live Event Host for the LA Kings. You may have seen Jay skateboarding on a longboard down Figueroa Street before both the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Championship Parades while waving an LA Kings flag. He has hosted everything from Hooters Watch Parties to the Echoes of Hope Celebrity Hockey Game in Salt Lake City during the Sundance Film Festival. From Frozen Fury to The Finals, Jay Flats has been interacting with Kings fans on and off the ice and even performed the wedding service for two LA Kings fans.
Jay Flats got his start in sports entertainment while working for The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters as a PA Announcer. With over 250 games performed and 9 countries visited during his 1 year tenure. He was also In-Game Host for the 5-time MLS Cup Champion LA GALAXY for two seasons and has been traveling during the summers as a PA Announcer and On-Court MC for the BallUp Streetball Tour seen on Fox Sports West. In addition, he has been featured on the popular local NBC Sports Show Goin Roggin with Fred Roggin on NBC4.
In 2014 Jay Flats hosted 30 Episodes of The Game Plane game show which can been seen Sunday nights on KDOC/56 where he gave away cash and prizes while playing trivia games with passengers flying to Vegas and Hawaii! The Outdoor Espy's Experience at LA Live each summer features Jay hosting a Cheer Competition and Slam Dunk Contest with live music performers and more.
Throughout the year you can also see Jay hyping up TV audiences for some of the most popular shows on air including Dancing with The Stars, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, The Real and more. In July of 2015 Jay Flats was the MC of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Championship Rally outside STAPLES Center at L.A. Live with over 10,000 U.S. soccer fans in attendance.
Jay Flats has worked and spent the night in 49 states (missing Alaska).