There was a special visitor in the crowd during Thursday night’s Game 1 of the Kings’ Western Quarterfinal Series against the San Jose Sharks, as Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Bob Miller returned for a live game for the first time since taking a medical leave-of-absence in late January.
Miller, the Kings’ play-by-play voice for 43 seasons, took in the playoff opener in a suite and greeted crowd during the first period on the jumbotron.
During the first intermission, the Fox Sports West telecast aired a special message Miller prepared for the team and fans:
“It’s great to be back here at STAPLES Center tonight, although I haven’t fully recovered from the quadruple bypass heart surgery and I’m not able to do the play-by-play on the games,” Miller said. “I wanted to be here tonight to thank all of you sincerely for your thoughts and prayers, your get-well wishes, your cards, letters, and all of your e-mails. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness. My thanks to Nick Nickson for jumping in on the TV to work with Jim Fox. The Kings, Fox Sports West, and my doctors have said this is going to be a fairly long recovery, so don’t try to do too much too soon. So, the Kings said, the best thing I think is to target the start of next season for my return, so that’s what we’re going to do. But thanks to all of you again, Go Kings Go!”
WATCH: Bob Miller’s Message