Kings Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller will take a break from the team’s next eight games through the end this month as he continues to recuperate from a recent mild stroke.
Miller, 78, said he will reassess his health with the team executives to see how they can proceed through the last two months of the regular season.
Ralph Strangis, who has done five games this year as a fill-in for Miller on Kings’ road trips, will be paired with Jim Fox for four home and three road games on Fox Sports West between Feb. 16-28. The Kings’ game in Minnesota on Feb. 27 is an NBCSN telecast.
“I’m just waiting for more test results from the cardiologist and have more appointments scheduled, so I’ll just see how things go and take it from there,” Miller said Monday. “Nothing is definite. I’ve known Ralph for a long time and he will do a great job.”
The Kings said in a statement: “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.”
Miller had a four-way heart bypass operation in February last year and missed the second half of that season. Hockey Hall of Famer Nick Nickson was moved over from the Kings’ radio booth to fill in for Miller during that stretch.
Miller’s mild stroke came Jan. 28 as he was preparing for an FSW live show during the NHL All-Star Game Weekend at Staples Center. Miller also underwent an operation to have a stent inserted.
Strangis, who did games for the Kings in December and January, filled in for Miller right away on a road game in Arizona. He spent 25 years with the Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars before departing to pursue other projects in 2015.
Nine of the Kings’ 15 games in March are at Staples Center, including seven in a row from March 2-16. Four of the five games in April are also at home, with the regular-season finale at Anaheim.
Miller would not be scheduled to do any playoff games as national TV outlets take over the broadcast.
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