Los Angeles Hockey: Bob Miller

Kings voice Bob Miller remembers Dr. Buss

February, 19, 2013
The longtime broadcast voice of the Kings, Bob Miller, comes on to give his unique perspective on Jerry Buss.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

Vin Scully surprises Bob Miller

June, 12, 2012
They each have families and friends. And all of you who've listened to them over the years probably feel like they're part of your lives, even though you've never met.

But for eight minutes or so Tuesday afternoon, we got to hear something rare and remarkable as Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully called into 710 ESPN radio in Los Angeles to congratulate longtime Kings broadcaster Bob Miller on the Kings Stanley Cup championship.

What followed was a brief glimpse into the world of two legends. Their guards were down, their emotions were up. The conversation felt private, yet it was shared with millions.

Scully asked Miller whether he'd prepared a call for the end of the game.

Miller said he had, then joked about worrying some stoppage in play would interrupt what he'd written out and step on the grand moment.

Scully laughed and said he knew just what Miller meant.

They reminisced about old times and old friends like Lakers Hall of Fame broadcaster Chick Hearn.

But mostly they just shared in each other's joy.

Though we couldn't see them, hosts John Ireland and Mark Willard seemed to be grinning from ear to ear as Scully and Miller carried on. Both were savvy enough not to interrupt.

I've listened to it four or five times already. I might listen to it 10 more. You realize, every once in a while, how important men like Scully and Miller are to your life. Those of us who get to see them on a regular basis try and tell them every time we see them. They understand on some level, but most of their nights are spent in a broadcast booth with a microphone either alone (Scully) or with a partner (Miller).

There's a select few who know what it feels like to talk into that microphone and never have anyone talk back to you. To have a city collectively fall in love with you but never be able to wrap your arms around anyone or anything.

Tuesday afternoon, two of the men who know what the air up there is like sat around and compared notes. It was a conversation that could've happened in a bar or a quiet room some place, but instead happened over the air for all of us to share in.

Here's a few of the highlights:

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Kings: Post-Kopitar season begins in Edmonton

March, 29, 2011
Kings (43-26-6, 92 points) vs. Edmonton Oilers (23-41-11, 57) at Rexall Place, 6:30 p.m. PT.

Five storylines to track:

1. Show must go on – The news grew a lot worse Monday regarding the right ankle injury suffered by leading-scorer Anze Kopitar in the second period of a 4-1 victory Saturday against the visiting Colorado Avalanche. Kopitar has ligament damage that will require corrective surgery Wednesday and is out indefinitely. By all indications, that means a lot more time on the shelf than the previous estimate of six weeks. Already without second-leading scorer Justin Williams for at least another two weeks due to a dislocated shoulder, the organization must feel like it was kneed in the midsection and then hit with a stiff uppercut.

2. Opportunity for others – With the absence of Kopitar and Williams, every player needs to elevate their play to pick up some slack. Two key players to focus on are Oscar Moller and Trevor Lewis, who have the potential to be regular contributors in the scoring column, they've just never been asked to do it. Michal Handzus is expected to assume Kopitar’s top-line center role and he’ll need to focus on making plays, rather than just creating obstacles.

3. Penner’s returnRyan Smyth is usually treated like a rock star when he returns to Edmonton, where he played for 11 seasons, but this time around Dustin Penner is sure to draw the most media interest. Penner was dealt from the Oilers to Los Angeles at the trade deadline Feb. 28 and this will be his first trip back to Edmonton since the transaction. Penner could use some extra incentive to perform well. After scoring points in six of his first seven games with the Kings, he has gone point-less in the last five.

4. Bernier’s backJonathan Bernier is expected to start in goal for the Kings. He got on a roll midway through last month after coach Terry Murray began alternating starts between Bernier and Jonathan Quick. Bernier went 5-0-2 in that stretch with a 2.00 goals-against average. Bernier hasn’t made a start since March 15, however, taking the back seat again as Murray follows his script of giving Quick the majority of starts down the stretch. It will be interesting to see if Bernier can pick up where he left off in this must-win setting.

5. End of an era -- The Kings have Bob Miller, the Oilers have Rod Phillips. Both are NHL Hall of Fame play-by-play announcers but after Tuesday’s game only one will remain in his chair. Phillips will call his final game against the Kings, retiring after 37 seasons behind the microphone. The team plans a ceremony before the game and the players would probably like nothing more than to honor Phillips by ending their nine-game losing streak. They Kings would rather make it a perfect 10.