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Kings voice Bob Miller to undergo 'precautionary' surgery

September 9, 2010 |  3:35 pm

Bob Miller, the Kings' play-by-play announcer since 1973 and a Hockey Hall of Fame media honoree, is scheduled to undergo what he called a precautionary surgical procedure on Friday and will miss the Kings' Fan Fest Saturday.

However, Miller said in a phone conversation that he hopes to be ready for the Kings' upcoming season, which begins Oct. 9 and will be his 38th in the broadcast booth. The problem is not life-threatening, he said, but he didn't want to elaborate.

Miller, who will be 72 next month, said he expects to spend a few days in the hospital. "It's the only time we could do it and still be OK for the start of the season," he said of the procedure.

All the best to Miller, a walking encyclopedia of Kings history -- his Jack Kent Cooke stories and imitations are hilarious -- and one of the top broadcasters in hockey or any other sport.

-- Helene Elliott