In the final moments, when one could not have blamed Bob Miller for being overcome with the emotional impact of the moment, he instead rose above it and showed the clean and simple broadcasting style as he did for the previous 44 years in the Kings’ broadcast booth.
Signing off on the Fox Sports West broadcast of the Kings-Ducks game from Anaheim on Sunday night, following the Ducks’ 4-3 overtime win, Miller wrapped it up on live TV, without a script, and from the heart:
“It’s finally come to an end. I just want to thank all of you again, you viewers and listeners for joining us all these years. For your passion for Kings hockey, for your loyalty to the National Hockey League and I know all that will continue.
“I’ll be visiting with you and look forward to it because I’ve enjoyed visiting with your Kings fans all through the years. I’ll be at some games in the future and we will be able to renew those friendships and those visits and I look forward to it.
“But for now, with Anaheim winning in overtime, the end is here for me. So the only thing I have to say is good night and good bye.”
Moments earlier, Jim Fox, the former Kings player and Miller’s TV broadcast partner for the last 27 years, had a more emotional farewell moment as he tried to explain how much he appreciated Miller’s ability to get him into the business and keep him here all these years.
“The things you’ve given me over the years, certainly, I will never forget. The opportunity to be in the booth with you … the enjoyment that you bring in your call has been so important to me.
“I don’t have your skill. I don’t have your voice. But there’s one thing I do have. I have the example you set for me. And that’s the one thing I’m going to take forward. I will prepare. I will be ready. I’ll work as hard as possible. I want to thank you for that.
“It’s simple. Because it was on all the signs last night: Thank you, Bob.”
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