David Courtney, the long-time public address announcer for the Kings, died in Los Angeles Thursday from a pulmonary embolism. Courtney, 56, worked 24 seasons for the team from 1989 to 2012. The final Kings game that Courtney announced will stand as game six of the Stanley Cup Finals, a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils that clinched the franchises first ever Stanley Cup title.
Courtney began working for the Kings in 1971 as a public relations assistant. He left the team in 1978, before returning in 1985 and becoming the full-time public address announcer in 1989. Prior to earning full-time announcing duties for the Kings, he served as a backup announcer for both the Kings and the lakers. In all, Courtney gave the Kings 34 years in public relations work and as the in-arena voice of the team.
Along with his announcing duties for the Kings, Courtney had spent his last 19 summers as the PA announcer for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and was in his fifth year as the voice of the Los Angeles Clippers. He also spent four years announcing for the Los Angeles Rams before the team moved to St. Loius, and held announcing duties for the Houston Rockets and Houston Astros. During his lengthy career, Courtney had the opportunity of announcing quite a few big games, working the 1981 NBA Finals, the 1993 and 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, and the 2002 World Series. He also worked All-Star games for three of the four major sports, including both the 2002 NHL and 2011 NBA All-Star games held at Staples Center, and the 2010 MLB All-Star game played at Angels Stadium.
Besides working for the Kings, Angels, and Clippers, Courtney also did sports, traffic, and news reporting for various Los Angeles area radio stations.
He is survived by his wife Janet Fisher-Courtney.
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