For 25 seasons, he was the Public Address Announcer for the Los Angeles Kings. Today, we mourn his loss as David Courtney has passed away at the age of 56.
While he worked for the Kings, David Courtney also lent his voice to NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, MLB’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. Courtney also announced for All-Star Games, the World Series and of course, most recently, the Stanley Cup Final.
According to his bio on LAKings.com, Courtney, who was born in New York City, fell in love with the sport of hockey during a school field trip in 1968 when he was just 11 years old. Just three years ago, Courtney, after displaying so much eagerness and persistence, was given a jon as a “go-fer” for the Los Angeles Kings’ Public Relations’ Department.
During his early days with the Kings, Courtney had a wide range of jobs including being a stick boy, operating the scoreboard and even driving the Zamboni.
After a stint as PR Director for the Houston Aeros of the defunct World Hockey Association, Courtney did announcing work for the NBA’s Houston Rockets, the Houston Gamblers of the defunct USFL and even shared the job with MLB’s Houston Astros. David Courtney did return to the sport (and the team) he loved most in 1985 at the urgency of his friend, Bob Miller.
This past June, Courtney was able to celebrate a Stanley Cup championship and fittingly enough his final announcement for the Los Angeles Kings was declaring them Stanley Cup champions.
While that’s certainly a great way to go out, the Kings team and its fans are deeply saddened by Courtney’s passing who is survived by his wife Janet Fisher-Courtney.
In a statement made earlier today via LAKings.com, Kings’ President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille had this to say:
“David was tremendously passionate about the Kings, our fans and the game of hockey. 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.”
It is certainly a sad day for the Los Angeles Kings family. I’ve said it many times today but no one announced “Los Angeles goal!!” or “Your Los Angeles Kings!” any better than Mr. Courtney did. When the Los Angeles Kings do return to action, David Courtney’s legacy will live on. Every time the Kings score a goal on home ice, I will close my eyes and listen to Mr. Courtney’s voice announcing it.
He may be gone but he will never be forgotten. Godspeed, Mr. Courtney. The Los Angeles Kings and their fans were a better, more complete team with you – championship or not.