Los Angeles Kings radio broadcaster, Nicholas R “Nick” Nickson, turned 60 on December 21, with 38 years of hockey broadcasting experience, more than 3,300 games (2,800 with the Kings), the way he announces each play during each game makes you feel like your right there in the action. He is fast paced, accurate and smooth helping you picture the game perfectly.
Let’s take a look at his career so far.
Nickson is a native of Rochester, NY, where he attended Ithica College in New York. He was the schools radio Sports Director and play-by-play for Ithica’s hockey, football, baseball and basketball teams. He graduated in 1975 and worked as a disc jockey for two Rochester, NY stations and so began his hockey career. His professional broadcasting career began in the 1975-76 season as the voice of the Rochester Americans for the American Hockey League. In 1977 he joined the New Haven Nighthawks also a part of the American Hockey league where he spent four seasons before joining the Kings.
Nickson has called every pre-season, regular season and postseason playoff game on KTLK AM1150 and along the Kings Radio Network since 1990. Nickson has maintained and developed the Kings Radio Network and assists the Kings Communication department with writing and editing each seasons media guide. He has written over 180 articles on the NHL and the Kings that can be read in the clubs Royal Reign magazine.
For the Kings, before his current position he was the color analyst alongside Kings Hall of Famer Bob Miller from 1981-1990. From 1983-89 he also served as a announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition to the Kings Network he has also called regular season and playoff games for the NHL Radio Network, and in the spring of 2009 for NBC Universal Sports he covered the World Championship. Nickson is a member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters and the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association. Nickson is also involved with the Kings Alumni Association and Kings Care Foundation.
The Kings held a "Nick Nickson Day” at STAPLES Center on January 21, 2006 where he was honored before the game on ice for at the time, 25 years of service to the Kings organization as a radio and television broadcaster. In addition it was announced that the broadcast booth at STAPLES Center has been named, in his honor, the Nick Nickson Broadcast Center. In January of 2009 he has inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters hall of Fame. In addition in 2011 he was inducted into the Frontier Walk of Fame in his hometown.
Nickson resides in Santa Clarita with his wife Carolyn. They have two sons Nicholas (wife Alexandra) and Timothy. They also have two grandchildren, Nicholas and Avery.
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