Welcome to episode three of In The Nick Of Time, as we celebrate Nick Nickson’s career with the Kings.
Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster Nick Nickson is in his 40th season with the LA Kings, after he joined the organization in 1981. Nickson, the 2015 recipient of the Foster Hewitt Award, originally served as the color commentator alongside Bob Miller from 1981 – 1990 on both radio and television, before taking over as the radio play-by-play voice when the broadcasts were separated. Nickson has called his entire NHL career with the Kings.
Episode 3 looks at three players that Nick wished played longer with the LA Kings. We start with defenseman Larry Murphy, who began his Hall of Fame career with the Kings before going on to win four Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh and Detroit. Next, we discuss forward Zigmund Palffy, a star in the early 2000’s, and the flair, flash and skill he brought to the Kings, as the team advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. Lastly, we chat about Willie Mitchell, a key cog on the blueline during the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cups. Nick talks about Mitchell’s ability as a defender, and on the penalty kill, and the appreciation he had for what Mitchell added to those teams.