LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to multi-year contract extensions for club television broadcasters Bob Miller and Jim Fox the team and FSN WEST announced.
"Both Bob and Jim are true leaders in their field and key members of the Kings family," said Kings President, Business Operations Shawn Hunter. "They have combined for 60 years of service with our organization and are much more than just familiar voices for our fans -- in a lot of ways, they are synonymous with our club. To have them represent us on the air and in the community is tremendous for our hockey club and our fans."
Miller is in his 34th season as the "Voice of the Kings" -- the first 17 years simulcast on TV and radio and the last 16 years as the exclusive television voice of the team – for all Kings games on FSN WEST. On November 13, 2000, Miller was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, where a plaque hangs, as the recipient of the annual Foster Hewitt Memorial Award as selected by the NHL Professional Broadcasters' Association. The Award recognizes those members of the radio and television industry who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game during their hockey broadcasting careers.
In October, Miller will receive a star on the famous Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. In addition, on February 4, 2002, Miller was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He has been named the top television play-by-play announcer in Southern California three times, including 2005.
In 1998, to commemorate his 25 years of loyal service to the organization, Miller was honored by having the STAPLES Center press box named after him. In 1997, Miller was named as one of the six inaugural members of the Kings Hall of Fame during the organization's 30th Anniversary celebration. The National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters also named him the California Sportscaster of the Year in 1997 and 2002.
Fox is in his 17th season as the Kings television color commentator, joining Miller in the booth for club broadcasts on FSN WEST.
Seventh on the Kings all-time scoring list with 479 points (186-293=479) in 578 games, Fox spent his entire 10-year career as a member of the Kings after being selected in the first round (10th overall) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. A three time 30-goal scorer, Fox enjoyed his most productive season in 1984-85 when he recorded 83 points (30-53=83), and in 22 career playoff games with the Kings, Fox had 12 points (4-8=12).
On February 11, 2006, the Kings held "Jim Fox Day" at STAPLES Center, and Fox was honored on the ice before a game for his 25 years of service to the organization as a player and broadcaster. During the summer of 2005, Fox worked as a co-teacher of "Know the Score: Sports Public Relations," an extension course at UCLA, and in addition to his duties in the broadcasting booth, Fox also served as the co-host of the Los Angeles-area Emmy Award-winning "Break the Ice" pre-game show on FSN WEST for several seasons.
Upon retirement as a player in 1990, Fox became director of community relations for the Kings, a position he held until 1994. He remains one of the strongest forces in the Kings' community development and charitable efforts, especially with the Kings Youth Hockey Camp and the Kings Care Foundation where, as a special ambassador, he spends an enormous amount of time supporting and developing programs that benefit the children of our community.