David Courtney Mourned By A Fan, and a Friend

Today, a city grieves.

Bobby and I have many great things to say about David Courtney, the voice of the Los Angeles Kings home games, who passed away today. The sadness of this news weighs heavy in our hearts on this appropriately gloomy day.

But while we were David’s fans, my father was his friend. It was with great sorrow and a lump in my throat that I called him this afternoon with the news. had just read about David. Knowing a Facebook tribute to David was soon to follow, I asked my dad that he contribute his thoughts here, with the multitudes of people who like Bobby and I, considered David to be an irreplaceable thread of the Kings DNA.


I just heard the terrible news that David Courtney passed away. While most of you knew David as the voice of the Kings, and later as the Public address announcer for the Angels and the Clippers, I have known this kind and generous man since he was born. Our families were very close friends. We all lived in the suburbs of New York. My sisters and I spent many fun afternoons playing at each others houses. David also leaves a younger brother, John, who loved to play hockey, and a beautiful sister, Caroline.

Both of our families moved to L.A. In the mid-sixties, and remained very close.

The first Kings game I went to in the early seventies, I was kind of shocked to see David doing the announcing. The last I had heard he was a sports writer in Dallas.

Over the years, David and his wonderful voice became synonymous with the Kings. He always tried to remain neutral, but he was as much of a diehard fan as any of us.

I’d wait until the games were over and then go down to where he announced from and have long talks about many things, but the conversation always steered itself back to hockey.
When my son (who you know as Surly Jacob) was still an infant, he started coming with me to the games. When he was about 7, during the Gretzky years, David snuck us both down to the locker rooms in the bowels of the Forum, and made sure that Jacob got all of the autographs he wanted.

In the last few years, David had many wonderful things happen… he became the voice of the Angels, and later also the Clippers. But anyone who knew David, knows that his first love was always the Kings. A few years ago, David got married, and his life got even better.

I keep trying to find a way to be at peace with David’s passing. I can’t. But I can say nobody had a better time holding the Stanley Cup than David. I’m so glad he lived to see that, and to announce the final game of the series.

I’m almost glad that the players are locked out. I can’t imagine going to a Kings game and not hearing David say… “YOUR LOS ANGELES KINGS!” I wish he had had the chance to say…”ladies and gentlemen, the Stanley Cup Champions, your Los Angeles Kings!”

For all that knew him, David was a gentle soul with a great sense of humor.

Rest in Peace my friend. You will be sorely missed by all who knew you or had the privilege of listening to you announce a game


If you have any stories about David you would like to share, please do so. I know we all have many fond memories with David’s voice at the center. Also, if we hear of any information about a foundation to donate to in his memory or simply a place to send your condolences, we will pass it along.

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18 replies

  1. RIP big man! We will all miss you. Can anyone remember the name of the P.A. announcer that preceded David? I met him; he was actually an LAPD officer, but I can’t remember his name………

  2. Sad day in the Kingdom guys.

    RIP David… You’ll be missed

  3. My prayers are with David’s family and friends. Such sad news. I am shocked and mad due to the lockout his many fans will never hear that great voice say Ladies and gentlemen here’s your Stanley Cup Los Angeles Kings. May God comfort your family and friends.

  4. :(

    He will be missed.

  5. Awesome tribute by your father Jacob. Forever in my memory is David Courtney announcing the attendance at the Forum, “Sixteen thousand five . . .” announcing a goal “Los Angeles goal, scored by Number 99, Wayne Gretzky . . .” and introducing the Kings as they took the ice “Your Los Angeles Kings . . .” Such a big part of the game experience. He will be missed

  6. Wow! I’m just so very upset. Very sad time for us. Thanks for writing this and putting it up for us to read.

  7. I will always remember, “ladies and gentleman, The Stanley Cup.”

  8. When I heard of the passing of the great David Courtney, It brought tears to my eyes. David was the voice of two teams, that I love and have great passion for. My Los Angeles Kings, and the Anaheim Angels. I first met and Introduced myself in 2002 after the World Series win for the Angels. Thru all the fans, and the years of talking to David at the stadium or at Staples, he NEVER forgot my name. My heart breaks, thinking that I will never hear, that voice announce the teams that I love. Its a sad day indeed for Kings fans. RIP David, and thank you for being part, of two of the most exciting parts of my life. The Angels winning the world series, and most of all……YOUR LOS ANGELES KINGS!

  9. It’s heartbreaking when you lose those close to you. It’s an even bigger loss personally when the ones you lose have shared the same passions as you throughout your life. Nice read,wand even though I never knew David personally, I feel as though I learned something wonderful about him. My condolences on your loss.

  10. hard to type this with tears in my eyes… how tragic.. sooo very sad..David Courtney was indeed as much a part of our Los Angles Kings as any other of our belovd family. I did not see this post today til after work and it has taken me this long to read it in it’s entirety as I knew how heartbroken I would feel..No other place is as Lucky as LA has been to have the Wonderful people as we have had in our Organization. I did not know David personally but knew his voice with my eyes shut. Although he did his job unbiasly you knew he was a heart and soul King Fan. I am so grateful that he lived long enough to see and call our Kings the Stanley Cup Champions. I will cherish my King DVDs and recordings all the more now.
    RIP David.. you know you were loved.
    My thoughts for Surly’s Father and all who were a part of David’s Life.

  11. I’m sorry, Surly……..

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  13. Of all the Kings staff I’d met over the years, David Courtney was one that eluded me. I’ve fallen in love with his voice over the years of attending Kings games. I tear up at the thought he didn’t watch the championship Kings take ice for the first game this season but he did get to witness them hoist the Cup.
    You and your voice will be greatly missed.

  14. There was a group of us in HOUSTON who came to know, respect and LOVE David Courtney when he was there in the 80’s. Above all of his talent this was a fundamentally wonderful human being. He was kind, generous and always– always had a kind word or gesture. One time in the 80’s my dear friend Nancy and I were at a Laker “SHOWTIME” game and he was announcing. He promptly put our name up on the lighted scoreboard in the FORUM (yep the Forum) giving us a LAKER WELCOME. What a loss but this good good man is now ( however big this loss is)
    resting in the arms of a kind and loving God who will cherish and love him as so many people on earth do.

  15. I am very much hoping that, in time, the Kings organization will ask David Courtney’s wife if she would think it appropriate to pay tribute to her husband by forever using a recording of his voice in-arena to announce the Kings arrival to the ice.


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