The Los Angeles Kings released a statement on announcer Bob Miller Monday. The Kings’ statement said, “[Bob] Miller suffered a mild stroke on January 28 and was admitted to USC Keck Hospital where he underwent a procedure before being released. He continues to recover at home and remains in great spirits.”
Ralph Strangis, who called games for the Dallas Stars for 25 years, going back to their time as the Minnesota North Stars, will take the booth with Jim Fox from now until the end of the month when the team expects an update from Miller. In their statement the team said, “Bob’s health remains our utmost priority and this was a joint decision. We share our fans sentiments and wish Bob a safe and speedy recovery. The Kings and our entire broadcasting crew are appreciative of Ralph and his efforts here.”
Strangis is no stranger to Kings fans. He’s called several games on Fox Sports West for the Kings. He got his start calling high school sports in Minnesota and Wisconsin and gained popularity with the Dallas Stars as part of the Ralph and Razor broadcast duo for television and radio. He has won several awards while working in Texas. The Kings’ statement read, “For his on-air work, Strangis has been awarded seven Lone Star Emmys, eight Associated Press Awards and a Dallas Press Club Katy Award.”
The Kings will return to Staples Center on Thursday for a game against the Arizona Coyotes. Last Thursday (Feb. 9) the Kings had a big win against the Panthers in Florida. They have had a game since then so they should be well rested for Thursday.
The Coyotes have struggled this season, posting a record of 18-28-7 with 43 points. The Kings record is 28-23-4 with 60 points. The last two times these teams met were both in Glendale, Arizona and the Kings came out the winners in both games. Both were close games: December 1 the final score was 4-3 and January 31 it was 3-2. This is a division game so Kings fans can expect another hard and aggressive game.
Top photo of Bob Miller courtesy of L.A. Kings