LA Kings set to add another banner

LA Kings set to add another banner

Photo courtesy of Charles Smith Jr, used with permission

On Saturday, Jan. 13, the Los Angeles Kings will be at home to face the Anaheim Ducks at STAPLES Center in downtown LA. Coming off the league-mandated one-week midseason break, this will be the Kings' first game since a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators, one week earlier. Currently, the Kings have an overall record of 24-13-5, good for second place in the Pacific division and fifth place overall in the Western Conference.

While this should be a great hard-hitting matchup against a division rival, fans in attendance, will be in store for another treat, as retired Kings' play-by-play broadcaster Bob Miller will be honored prior to the game. Already having had the STAPLES Center Press Box named in his honor, a statue of Miller will be unveiled outside the arena, while inside, the affable broadcaster will have a permanent banner hung in his honor. This is all part of "Bob Miller Celebration Day." All fans attending the game will receive a limited edition Bob Miller bobblehead doll.

The statue unveiling is scheduled for 7:01 pm and is expected to last approximately 11 minutes. Fans in attendance will be able to watch the ceremony on the Live 4HD scoreboard, inside STAPLES Center, beginning at 7:15 pm. The final ceremony will begin at 7:34 pm, during which time, the banner will be unveiled. For the esteemed Mr. Miller, he will now have a broadcasting "trifecta" at the arena - Press Box named in his honor, a statue outside and a banner inside. Prior to his retirement at the end of last season, Miller had been the voice of the Kings, since 1973.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7:56 pm. When the puck drops, the Kings will be sporting three All-Stars on the roster, as forward Anze Kopitar, defenseman Drew Doughty and goaltender Jonathan Quick, have all been selected to participate in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay, FL on Jan. 28. This is the fourth straight season in which Doughty has been selected. The Kings are the only team in the Western Conference to have three players chosen to participate in the annual event. On the other bench, forward Rickard Rakell is the Anaheim Ducks' lone All-Star this season.