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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.
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The 2014-2015 season is Dieter's 19th with the Kings and his 25th consecutive NHL season. Ruehle played the organ at his first NHL game on October 5, 1989 (Kings vs Toronto) at the age of 20. Among his responsibilities, he plays the organ, DJ’s and sounds the Kings goal horns.
A native of Los Angeles, Ruehle got his start playing the organ at sporting events in 1984 when he was hired by the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League at the age of 15. In 1992, after three seasons with the Kings and working other events at The Forum such as Team Tennis, Volleyball and the Great Western Freeze-out college hockey tournaments, Ruehle was hired by the San Jose Sharks. He spent five seasons as the organist for the Sharks (’92-’93 thru ’96-’97). After a brief stint with the Phoenix Coyotes during the ’97-’98 season, Ruehle returned to 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 2014-2015 season is his 14th season with the Lakers.Ruehle’s work has been heard at two Stanley Cup Finals with the Kings: 2012 and 2014, and five NBA Finals with the Lakers: 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Along with Ruehle’s work at STAPLES Center, he’s the DJ at Ashe Stadium during the US Open Tennis Championships in New York, and at other USTA Davis Cup and Fed Cup events.
Ruehle played the organ and DJ’d at Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey games at the last four Winter Olympics: 2014 in Sochi, Russia, 2010 in Vancouver, 2006 in Torino, Italy, and 2002 in Salt Lake. He also DJ’d at Men’s and Women’s Basketball games at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics.
Ruehle has played the organ at six NBA All-Star games: 2004 at Staples Center, 2005 in Denver, 2007 in Las Vegas, 2011 at Staples Center, 2012 in Orlando and 2013 in Houston, and at two NHL All-Star games: 1997 in San Jose and in 2002 at Staples Center. He’s also worked several NBA events in Europe and China, and he DJ’d at the 2011 Arab Games in Doha, Qatar. Ruehle also played the organ music on EA Sports’ video games NHL ’94, NHL ’95 and NHL ’96.
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.