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Dave has also worked for Westwood One/Metro Networks providing traffic updates for KNX 1070 News Radio and Sirius-XM Satellite Radio. Prior to his current position he spent several years working as the rinkside reporter for the Kings radio broadcast and the post-game video journalist for the team's website. At the age of 16, Dave started his radio career in his hometown of Ishpeming, Michigan. He attended Hofstra University on Long Island where he majored in communications and played hockey for four years. He served as team captain during his senior season and was selected as a first-team All-Star twice. Dave also went on to coach at Hofstra following his playing career. Dave's first full-time radio job came as the engineer for the morning show on 770 WABC in New York City. He also engineered for Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and former mayor Rudy Giuliani. Following a stint producing talk-radio programs in Providence, Rhode Island, Dave took his talents west to Los Angeles where he showcased his comedic ability as the morning show co-host on the Comedy World Radio Network.
Since landing in Southern California, Dave has covered three Stanley Cup Finals, several NHL Entry Drafts and has been featured as a hockey analyst on numerous radio and international television programs. He also is the host of the popular hockey podcast, “In the Crease”, on ESPNLA.com.
Ever wonder who's playing "GO KINGS GO!" on the organ? Or who the DJ is that's playing the music before the puck drops? Curious about who hits the goal horn when the Kings score? It’s all done by Dieter Ruehle from above Section 317 at STAPLES Center.
The 2013-2014 season is Dieter's 18th with the Kings, and his 24th consecutive NHL season. His first ever NHL game was with the Kings on Opening Night October 5, 1989 when the Kings hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Forum, which was the beginning of Wayne Gretzky’s second season in Los Angeles.
Among the many highlights of his career, Ruehle says his 2012 Stanley Cup Final experience was “beyond awesome” He says, “I’ll never forget seeing how happy everybody was at the conclusion of Game 6. Being a Kings fan since the 1970s, to finally see my favorite team win the Stanley Cup at home is something I’ll cherish forever.”
The 44 year old native of Los Angeles got his start playing the organ at sporting events in 1984 when, at the age of 15, he was hired by the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. After five years of working Lazers games on the Hammond X-66 organ at The Forum, Ruehle was hired in 1989 to be the Kings organist.
After three seasons with the Kings and working other events at The Forum (team tennis, volleyball and the Great Western Freeze-Out annual college hockey tournament), Dieter moved to the Bay Area and was hired by the San Jose Sharks. For five seasons, Ruehle was the organist for the Sharks (’92-’93 thru ’96-’97). Then he worked the ’97-’98 season for the Phoenix Coyotes. Ruehle returned to Los Angeles and the Kings for the ‘98-’99 season, which was the Kings final season at The Forum. After the opening of STAPLES Center, Ruehle was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers, Sparks (WNBA) and Avengers (AFL). The 2013-2014 season is his 13th season with the Lakers.
Dieter's work with the Kings and Lakers has led to other opportunities outside of Staples Center. He’s worked at several Olympics, NBA and NHL All-Star games and other events around the world. And since 2006, he works at the US Open Tennis Championships in New York.
Ruehle’s worked at four Olympics; Basketball at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, and Ice Hockey at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics, 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
He’s worked at six NBA All-Star games: in 2004 at Staples Center, 2005 in Denver, 2007 in Las Vegas, 2011 at Staples Center, 2012 in Orlando and 2013 in Houston. He also worked at two NHL All-Star games, 1997 in San Jose and 2002 at Staples Center. He’s also worked several NBA events in Europe and China, and in December 2011 he worked the Arab Games in Doha, Qatar. And during the summer of 2013 he filled in as organist for two games for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
Dieter also performed the organ music on the EA Sports video games NHL ‘94, NHL ‘95, and NHL ’96.
24 NHL SEASONS (18 KINGS seasons)
4 OLYMPICS (3 Winter Games, 1 Summer Games)
2 OLYMPICS GOLD MEDAL MEN’S HOCKEY GAMES (2006 and 2010)
2 NHL ALL-STAR GAMES
1 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL
13 LAKERS SEASONS
6 NBA ALL-STAR GAMES 5 NBA FINALS
After being right in the middle of the LA KINGS epic run to The Stanley Cup Jay Flats is proud and excited to return for the 2012-2013 season.
This will be his 4th season working with the Kings as the In-Arena and Live Event Host.
You've seen Jay host The Roster Challenge during timeouts, raise money for charity at the watch parties, hype up the crowds outside Staples Center during the playoffs and give away thousands of prizes from hats and t-shirts to team signed or game used jerseys and merchandise.
"One of my favorite things about the job is being able to help raise money for The Kings Care Foundation and CHLA."
Earlier this year Jay began working for the LA GALAXY on the field at Home Depot Center.
His sports background began when he traveled as an announcer for the world famous HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS and upon his return to LA he wanted to continue mixing sports and entertainment. Shortly after his return from touring he auditioned for the Kings Ice Crew in 2008 and became a member.
When he's not rewarding rowdy Kings fans with prizes you can see Jay performing stand-up comedy all over Los Angeles and working as an audience warm-up comedian for TV shows like 'Dancing with the Stars', 'American Idol', 'America's Got Talent' and more.