LOS ANGELES - Jiggs McDonald, the play-by-play announcer for the Kings during their first five seasons, will return to the Kings TV booth for the first time since 1972 tomorrow in Florida to call the Kings-Panthers game with Jim Fox on FOX Sports West.
McDonald is the "Original Voice of the LA Kings," working in Los Angeles from 1967-72 during the club's very first five seasons. He called the club's first preseason game, first regular season game and first playoff game. His first Kings game in 1967 was also his first NHL game.
He has also worked as a club broadcaster for the Atlanta Flames, Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders, totaling more than 3,000 contests. In 1990 he was the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Award, which is recognized by a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and he will return to Los Angeles for Opening Night as the 1967-68 Kings are reunited. He is one of three Kings broadcasters to be so honored along with Bob Miller and Nick Nickson.
In what is scheduled to be his last NHL game, McDonald will now have called a Kings game in their first year and again during the club's 50th Anniversary celebration. He has also called at least one NHL game in each of the last 50 years. This past October, McDonald took center ice at STAPLES Center as part of the Kings' Opening Night Weekend celebration in which original Kings players from the 1967-68 campaign returned to Los Angeles.
As announced prior to the start of the season, McDonald is one of four play-by-play announcers slated to work Kings telecasts this season on FOX Sports West as Miller, the club's Hall of Fame broadcaster, took a reduced on-air role with the club for the first time. McDonald joins Gary Thorne, Chris Cuthbert and Ralph Strangis on that list.
The Kings conclude their four-game road trip tomorrow with game time set for 4:30 p.m. (PT). Pregame shows on FOX Sports West and KABC Radio begin at 4 p.m. (PT). The Kings next play at STAPLES Center on February 16 versus Arizona.