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Thomas Middleditch Gives Conan O'Brien an Inside Look at Tony Babcock

Middleditch's alter ego debuted with the LA Kings on Hockey Night in LA and now he's taking his talents on the road this summer.

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Tony Babcock's return to hockey seems to have paid off.

Babcock, the alter ego of Thomas Middleditch, is a die-hard hockey fanatic and insider who spent over seven months as a PeeWee equipment coach for the Surrey Thunder A2.

Though his broadcasting career was well-respected, it was also short lived, spanning for only one game. He filled in for his father, a longtime announcer, who was sidelined by a freak press meal. Throughout the hockey community, it's rumored that undercooked salmon was the culprit.

However, Babcock was given a second chance this past season when the LA Kings hosted the Edmonton Oilers on Hockey Night in LA. And, now, Middleditch revealed to Conan O'Brien that Babcock isn't done quite yet.

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"It's 100 percent wasting people's time. And you clapped and you encouraged it, so now there's only going to be more of it," Middleditch said in the interview.

The Kings clearly want it encouraged. In Babcock's lone broadcast this past season, the Kings shutout the Oilers, 4-0.

Tweet from @THETonyBabcock: A lot of razzle, a lot of dazzle, and the @LAKings are leading 3-0 in my debut on the broadcast.You're welcome, everyone. pic.twitter.com/OphFa7eaoO

It was a fitting return for Babcock, a man who dealt with a plethora of adversity to finally reach the NHL.

Video: EDM@LAK: Tony Babcock talks about his journey

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