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Kings pick Alex Faust to replace Bob Miller as new TV play-by-play man

June 1st, 2017 at 12:01 PM
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Alex Faust’s late rush up the ice has resulted in perhaps a most unlikely goal scored.

From not even on the Kings’ radar three months ago, the 28-year-old with just one NHL game on his resume became too good to pass up as the franchise’s choice to replace the retiring Bob Miller in the TV play-by-play role.

The team and Fox Sports West announced Thursday morning the hiring of Faust, who has called several sports for Fox, ESPN, Tennis Channel and NBCSN – including plenty of college and minor-league hockey – but who otherwise is an unknown in these parts, winning the job without the benefit of an on-air live tryout as several veteran broadcasters had last season.

“It’s not lost on me on how out-of-the-blue this will appear from the outside,” said Faust, born in Brooklyn, educated at Northeastern University in Boston and a resident of Connecticut.

“I wouldn’t consider myself a ‘name brand’ or one with a lot of national presence. Nor is it lost on me who I’m stepping in for. Bob set a standard for 44 years and it’s an honor to be chosen for this role.”

Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Nick Nickson, who has been with the team since 1981 and on radio full time since 1990, was one of the fill-ins last season for Miller, who was recovering from heart bypass surgery and a mild stroke that led to his decision to retire in April.

Nickson had expressed a desire to move over and continue in that spot, as did Ralph Strangis, Gary Thorne, Chris Culthberg and Jack Michaels, who all got some quality time with analyst Jim Fox on the air in Miller’s absence last season. Jon Rosen, the team’s “insider” online reporter, and radio analyst and former player Daryl Evans, Nickson’s broadcast partner on KABC-AM (790), also had shots at it and were considered.

Somehow, Faust was a unanimous choice among the eight-person search team composed of Kings and FSW personnel, based on his resume tapes and a studio pairing with Fox two weeks ago, said Kings vice president of communications and broadcasting Mike Altieri.

“We considered every approach to where we could go – very accomplished, heavy-duty people with incredible resumes, with all different sorts of …

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