Introducing a new series here on LA Kings Insider – 40 Years With Nick!
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 1 focuses on Nickson’s Kings broadcasting debut, an iconic moment on a few different levels. Then the voice of the New Haven Nighthawks, Nickson joined the Kings midway through the 1981-82 season, in mid-November, to partner with Miller on the broadcasts. November 18, 1981 marked not only Nickson’s NHL debut, but was a memorable day in itself as Kings legend Marcel Dionne scored four goals and five points in an 8-1 Kings win over Detroit.
An epic start to an epic career for Nickson.