New York, NY (January 10, 2017) – MSG Networks (NYSE:MSGN) announced today that legendary NHL play-by-play voice Jiggs McDonald will return to the broadcast booth tomorrow night to celebrate his 50th year calling NHL action.
McDonald, a Foster Hewitt Memorial Award recipient from the Hockey Hall of Fame, will call tomorrow night’s Islanders/Panthers game on MSG+ at 7 PM and will appear on the pregame show at 6:30 PM as well.
McDonald began calling games in 1967 as the voice of the expansion Los Angeles Kings. In 1980, McDonald joined the New York Islanders broadcast team as play-by-play announcer and spent 15 seasons with the Islanders, during which time the team won three Stanley Cups.
Ed Westfall who spent all fifteen years alongside McDonald as the Islanders’ color commentator said:
“For his fans, Jiggs’ unique talent could make a mundane game spectacular. Congratulations on a Golden Career. You have given all hockey fans much to cheer about.”
“For twenty-one years I called New York Islanders games with very sore feet. That’s what happens when you try to get around in a pair of shoes that are simply too big. Those shoes belonged to my Hall of Fame predecessor, Jiggs McDonald, the eternal voice of the Islanders,” said Howie Rose, former MSG Networks’ New York Islanders play-by-play announcer. “Today, with comfortably secured ankles, I am thrilled to salute Jiggs on 50 years of NHL broadcasting brilliance.”
McDonald will be honored with a ceremonial puck drop and will then take over play-by-play duties from current Islanders’ play-by-play announcer Brendan Burke. Burke who is in his first season with the Islanders said of McDonald:
“Jiggs is a hockey Hall of Famer, a legend in broadcasting and a great role model. This Islanders broadcast will be extremely special and I’m honored to have the chance to sit beside Jiggs as he makes his magic.”
The telecast will also include Burke interviewing McDonald as they travel together to Barclays Center via the Long Island Railroad and a retrospective looking back on McDonald’s historic career.