A few months after the NHL expanded to the West Coast, Ken McDonald, the nascent Kings’ TV and radio voice, slumped behind a desk in the training camp hotel and wondered whether the experiment would work.
The Kings, he knew, would survive. But he wasn’t sure about their broadcaster, a wide-eyed 28-year-old who had never called a pro hockey game in his life.
“I wasn’t positive it would even reach one season,” McDonald said of his career.
Half a century later, the Kings are two-time Stanley Cup champions and McDonald, who went on to call more than 3,000 games for five NHL teams, is in the Hall of Fame. The two will reunite Thursday when McDonald — better known as “Jiggs” —...