After a disappointing 2016-2017 NHL season where they missed the playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings also said farewell to legendary play-by-play announcer Bob Miller. Miller spent 44 years as an announcer for the team and left a glaring hole in the broadcast booth.
With Miller retiring, there was intrigue as to who Los Angeles would select to replace him. With plenty of pressure to find a capable replacement, the Kings announced who their next announcer would be:
The LA Kings have named Alex Faust as the Kings’ new television play-by-play announcer, it was announced today by the Kings and FOX Sports West.
Kings President Luc Robitaille offered his congratulations to the new announcer:
“We are very excited to welcome Alex to the LA Kings family. This has been an extensive process and a great collaboration effort between our club and the leadership group with FOX Sports.”
“We had many great, qualified candidates, but, ultimately, we kept coming back to Alex. We believe he is the best person to take over for Bob, who of course means so much to us and the sports community. We look forward to helping introduce Alex to our fans when the 2017-18 season begins.”
The 28-year-old Faust previously worked with ESPNU and Fox Sports as a play-by-play announcer for multiple sports including football and basketball. He served as the voice for Northeastern University Men’s Basketball and has even called games for minor league baseball.
Still, only in his late twenties, Faust will have an opportunity to grow in his role as the team’s new play-by-play announcer going forward. Relatively inexperienced and unknown, Faust has big shoes to fill in a market that has been spoiled by broadcasting brilliancy.