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Kings broadcaster Bob Miller to retire

Play-by-play man will return from medical leave of absence for final two games of season

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Bob Miller, who has been on a medical leave of absence, will call the team's final two games of the season and then retire.

His 57-year sports announcing career was dominated by his 44 years of excellence as the Kings play-by-play man. He called 3,351 hockey games and was part of a golden era of sports broadcasting in the Southern California area.

Miller's retirement comes less than six months after Los Angeles Dodgers broadcasting legend Vin Scully called his final game.

Miller underwent quadruple bypass surgery in February 2016 and suffered a mild stroke during the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles in January.

"This is not the way I wanted it to work out," Miller said. "It is another one-year contract and I really wanted to finish all of the games this season. But with the health incidents I mentioned it really is not going to work out that way.

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"I do plan and hope I can do two more games. The final game of the regular season at Staples Center on April 8 against the Chicago Blackhawks, and in Anaheim, against the Ducks on April 9."

Miller made the announcement in the pressroom Thursday at Staples Center, seated alongside his wife Judy and Kings president of business operations, Luc Robitaille. The Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster spent many a postgame session in the same room, regaling friends and colleagues with his wit and gifted storytelling.

"The voices that we've had: You think of the Dodgers, you think of Vin Scully," Robitaille said. "The Lakers: Chick Hearn. For us, all hockey fans, and especially Kings fans that have so much passion, we've had Bob for 44 years. ... You've meant so much for all Kings fans over the years. I'm so glad we got two Stanley Cups for you."

Said Miller: "So am I."

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