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IslesBlog Pocast: Jiggs McDonald, A Hockey Life: Part 1

Jiggs McDonald has been a NHL play-by-play announcer for more than 40 years, having been the original voice of both the Los Angeles Kings and Atlanta Flames before spending 15 seasons with the New York Islanders alongside Eddie Westfall, calling three Stanley Cup Winning teams. Having announced over 3,000 NHL regular season games, McDonald received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990. Although ‘retired” Jiggs continues to broadcast Islanders games filling in throughout the season for Howie Rose. ​

In Part 1, Jiggs and Joe discuss:

  • Jiggs humble beginnings in radio, from High School shows and copy writing to his first live hockey radio broadcast
  • His audition for the expansion L.A. Kings with their Canadian born owner Jack Kent Cooke
  • The origin of his nickname and his initial thoughts on his new moniker, “Jiggs”
  • Going the Atlanta Flames to the Stanley Cup Champion New York Islanders for the 1980-81 season
  • His instant chemistry with Eddie Westfall and why it was “love at first sight”
  • How the Islanders being on “Sports Channel,” one of the first regional networks presented new opportunities.
  • Being presented his first Stanley Cup Ring by Bill Torrey and his love for calling the Stanley Cup Playoffs

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