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LA Kings announcer Bob Miller retires after 44 years

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08:  Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Bob Miller addresses the crowd after a game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center on April 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08: Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Bob Miller addresses the crowd after a game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center on April 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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The career of long-time Los Angeles Kings announcer Bob Miller comes to an end tonight.

For 44 years, Miller was the voice of Los Angeles Hockey, calling his first game against the Chicago Blackhawks in 1973.

The Kings gave him a parting victory as he called his final home game Saturday. The team beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime at Staples Center.

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Miller says he couldn't think of a better ending.

β€œIt's almost like the home run that Scully called at Dodger Stadium, you know? It was perfect the way it happened,” Miller told our media partner NBC4.

The game was also marked by Bob Miller Appreciation Night. Fans left messages for the beloved announcer on a wall outside Staples Center.

Many have recorded messages for Miller and posted to social media using with a #thankyoubob tag. Here are a few familiar hockey faces.

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Retired Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, gave some advice on retirement and suggested the two get together to discuss their next steps.

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In a letter to fans, Miller recounted this cherished memory of his time with the Kings.

"I will always remember the thrill of all of us cheering as the Kings set numerous records and won their first Stanley Cup in 45 years in 2012."

Miller calls his final game tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Honda Center, where the Kings face the Anaheim Ducks.