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IslesBlog Pocast: Jiggs McDonald, A Hockey Life: Part 2

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 2, Jiggs and Joe discuss:

  • Jiggs’ lone season of calling Mets games on SportsChannel in 1982
  • What strikes him as so unique and special about the Islanders during the Dynasty years
  • How Denis Potvin found out Mike Bossy may have had a higher salary during their career
  • The most memorable calls and moments from announcing Islanders games for 15 seasons
  • The unexpected run to the Conference Finals in 1992-93
  • How soon after he “retired” Jiggs felt the pull back to the broadcast booth
  • The differences in calling games on part time basis and working with ex-Islander Butch Goring on MSG
  • His perspective on the final season at the Nassau Coliseum and move to Brooklyn


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