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Longtime Kings announcer David Courtney passes away

Nov 29, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

David Courtney

David Courtney, who was the Public Address Announcer for the Los Angeles Kings for 25 seasons, has tragically passed away.

At various times, Courtney also served as the announcer of the Houston Rockets, USFL Gamblers, Pac-10 basketball tournament, USC football, UCLA basketball, as well as the Raiders, Lakers, and Dodgers. He also shared the announcing duties for the Houston Astros at one point.

In his lifetime, he covered both the Stanley Cup finals and World Series.

“David was tremendously passionate about the Kings, our fans and the game of hockey,” said Kings President Luc Robitaille, in a report from Mayor’s Manor. “His time with the Kings dates back to the mid 1970s both in our PR office as our public relations director and also with work he did in our video department before he took over full-time Public Announcing duties at the Forum and STAPLES Center.

“In the arena he was an institution – he was the voice of the Kings – and his work added so much to the live, in-game experience for our fans as it did for the Clippers and Angels as well. Next season would have been David’ 35th year with our franchise, and on behalf of the entire Kings organization and AEG we are incredibly saddened by this news and we send our deepest condolences to his wife Janet and the rest of the Courtney family.”

(Photo courtesy of the Kings’ official website.)

  1. General Lee 1175 - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    R.I.P. prayers go out to his family and friends he left behind.

  2. ron05342 - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Very sad news.

    Thankfully, he had the opportunity to call the Kings as Stanley Cup champions, and as you can see in the photo above, introducing the Stanley Cup for the ceremony.

  3. qauzaq - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Oh no! That’s terrible. He will be missed.

  4. husky2score - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    He tragically passed away. OK but HOW?

    On the other hand, my prayers go to the family and Kings organization. At least he was able to see one last Stanley Cup from his team.

  5. ron05342 - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Tribute video from Los Angeles Kings website:

    http://video.kings.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=731&id=190321&lang=en

  6. fortwaynekomets - Nov 30, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    he went out as a STANLEY CUP CHAMPION.

    I could only wish for a fraction of that life.

    rest in high spirits my friend.

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