Los Angeles Kings’ Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller retiring after 44 years

Longtime Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Bob Miller announced his retirement on Thursday.

The 78-year-old Miller has been sidelined by health issues — he reduced his schedule after having quadruple bypass surgery last year, and then suffered a minor stroke in January — and said during his press conference that the time was right to step away from the booth. He will, however, hopefully call the final two Kings games of the season.

Miller, who was given a lifetime contract by the Kings in 1998 in celebration of his 25th anniversary with the club, was honored with a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.

This, of course, marks the second legendary Los Angeles voice to leave his duties with a team in as many years, as Vin Scully retired as Dodgers broadcaster after last season.

And while Miller didn’t quite have as long a career as Scully, he didn’t miss by much: Miller spent 57 years as a broadcaster, including 44 with the Kings, whom he broadcast more than 3,000 games with in his storied career.

Here’s Miller calling the Kings winning the Stanley Cup in 2012.

And again in 2014: