LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 09: Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his goal with Alec Martinez #27 to take a 1-0 lead over the St. Louis Blues during the second period at Staples Center on January 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

As we get set to begin a new NHL season tonight, the Los Angeles Kings have announced a roster of guest play-by-play announcers who will work with analyst Jim Fox. Hall of Fame TV voice Bob Miller will return for his 44th season to call the games, but he’ll work a reduced schedule. Last season, Miller missed the final three months after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery.

Miller is well enough to call games this season, but he’ll call 58 games meaning he’ll call all home games and selected road games. As a result, viewers on Fox Sports West will see a roster of all-star announcers when the Kings travel East.

Yes, former NHL on ESPN voice Gary Thorne will be one of the guest callers. He’ll work most of the games. NHL on TSN announcer Chris Cuthberg will also call some games as well as recently-retired Dallas Stars TV voice Ralph Strangis and original Kings TV voice Jiggs McDonald will be tapped for one game as well.

Here’s the schedule of road games that will be called by Thorne, Strangis, Cuthbert and McDonald:

For those who have missed Gary Thorne and have the NHL Center Ice package or the NHL.TV online package, there are opportunities to see Thorne back calling hockey.

And Kings fans will have a treat to hear one of Canada’s best all-around announcers, Chris Cuthbert calling games in January when the Kings go to their annual New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia trip.

While Bob Miller won’t be calling a full season, fans will have the opportunity to hear some of hockey’s best voices fill-in on selected road games in 2016-17.

[Los Angeles Kings PR]

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