Former King Broadcaster Dan Avey Dies
|Dan Avey and Bob Miller were teamed in the Kings broadcast booth from 1973-76. Avey passed away on Sunday at the age of 69.
He was 69.
Avey spent seven seasons as the Kings television/radio color commentator from 1969-1976, and he is the only analyst to work with the only three men to ever call play-by-play for the Los Angeles Kings, having worked alongside Jiggs McDonald from 1969-72, Roy Storey during the 1972-73 season and Bob Miller from 1973-76.
"He was my partner when I first got to Los Angeles and he was a lifesaver in the booth," Miller said. "We remained good friends over the years and I was shocked to hear of his passing."
For the start of Miller's first season with the Kings in 1973-74, he was teamed with Jim Minnick as Avey left the broadcast booth to work for Jack Kent Cooke in the front office. His departure from Kings broadcasts was short lived, however, as Avey returned to the mic on Dec. 4, 1973.
"Jim and I were brand new to the Kings and Dan really helped us out before he decided to return to the broadcast booth. He had been there since 1969 and he was very, very helpful to me in the beginning. My condolences to his family and friends."
Included in Avey's duties with the Kings were the analysis of the play, comments on the players and strategy being used, player interviews and film features. In addition, Avey wrote a scouting report on each Kings’ opponent. During summers, he conducted a series of hockey clinics sponsored by JC Penney’s. He also served as NBC-TV’s hockey expert in the production of the widely acclaimed “Peter Puck” series for the NHL Game of the Week.
On April 26, 2006, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Blvd, in front of the El Capitan Theatre.
“Dan blessed my life in so many ways,” Kings Public Address Announcer David Courtney said. “First, when I went to work for the Kings in my early teens as a P.R. staffer, then, almost 30 years later when he gave me my first job at Metro Networks, and, finally, by being an outstanding human being and friend.
“God Bless, Dan. My condolences to his family and many friends.”
4/15/76 Dionne Goal - Miller and Avey
11/27/74 Murphy Goal - Miller and Avey
12/26/74 St. Marseille Goal - Miller and Avey