The Los Angeles Kings staged a season opening celebration to mark the start of their 50th anniversary season.
Los Angeles welcomed back several members of its original team and other stars from the franchise’s founding days. Every former player with a number retired in the Staples Center rafters made an appearance, including Wayne Gretzky.
Also there was the Kings original announcer, Hall of Famer broadcaster Jiggs MacDonald.
He introduced Kings from that original season including the likes of Ted Irvine and Mike Corrigan.
This year Jiggs will be one of four veteran play-by-play announcers who will working Kings telecasts this season as Bob Miller, also a Hall of Fame broadcaster, takes a reduced on-air role with the club. McDonald, who served as the club’s very first broadcaster in 1967, will now have called an LA Kings game in their first year and again during the club’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
Miller missed the Kings’ final three months last season after undergoing quadruple bypass heart surgery.
McDonald is the “Original Voice of the LA Kings,” working in Los Angeles from 1967-72 during the club’s very first five seasons. He called the club’s first preseason game, first regular season game and first playoff game. He has also worked as a club broadcaster for the Atlanta Flames, Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders, totaling more than 3,000 contests. In 1990 he was the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Award, which is recognized by a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and he will return to Los Angeles for Opening Night as the 1967-68 Kings are reunited.