Unfortunately, Thomas Middleditch will be unavailable to attend Hockey Night in LA on Saturday, but his role will be filled by renowned broadcaster Tony Babcock.
The LA Kings are set to host the Edmonton Oilers for 90s Night at STAPLES Center. Before the game, Babcock will join Patrick O'Neal and Jarret Stoll on FOX Sports West, before heading to the booth to contribute to the play-by-play with Alex Faust and Jim Fox.
A mysterious fellow, we only learned more about Babcock via his player card and Twitter account, which states he hails from Surrey, BC and spent over seven months as a PeeWee equipment coach for the Surrey Thunder A2.
Babcock has always been ahead of his time; eating, living and breathing hockey since before it was invented.
Though his broadcasting career is 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.
Babcock called the final four minutes of the game, exemplifying that quality takes precedence over quantity.
He is of no relation to Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, though if you ask the bouncers at his local Canadian watering hole, Coach Babcock is his uncle. It's afforded him a few free "wobbly pops" when the Leafs are hot.
Another person Babcock bears a striking resemblance to is the very man he'll be replacing, Thomas Middleditch. If we didn't know any better we'd say the two could be long lost brothers.
If you love hockey and really want to delve into the game and receive insight from a legend, be sure to tune in to FOX Sports West on Saturday at 6:30pm or get tickets to the game to see him in person!