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FORMER ISLANDER JUMPS IN THE BOOTH

MSG+ names Butch Goring the new color commentator for the 2010-11 season

Thursday, 09.09.2010 / 6:00 AM / News
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FORMER ISLANDER JUMPS IN THE BOOTH
MSG announced today that Butch Goring will take over the full-time role of New York Islanders television analyst on MSG Plus, sharing the booth with award-winning play-by-play announcer Howie Rose. Goring joined MSG in 2007 and has since served as a hockey analyst on MSG’s popular weekly hockey roundup show “Hockey Night Live!” and various Islanders telecasts.

“Butch has been an opinionated and objective contributor to Islanders telecasts and ‘Hockey Night Live!’ for a number of years, and moving him to full-time duty in the Islanders television booth is a natural progression for his evolving broadcast talents,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks. “His history with the team, his extensive hockey expertise, not to mention his four Stanley Cups, will add something special to our telecasts and engage fans each and every game.”

“I am really looking forward to working in the booth this season, and being a part of this new and exciting hockey team,” said Goring. “I have a very strong connection with Islanders history and I just hope the fans will embrace me in this role as they did in the glory years of the ‘80s.”

Goring enjoyed a successful 16-year career as a player in the NHL. He was considered the catalyst in delivering four consecutive Stanley Cups to the Islanders after being traded to the team during the 1979-80 season. In 1978 he won both the Bill Masterton Trophy and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy while with the Los Angeles Kings, the team that drafted him in 1969.

After his playing days, Goring had two stints as a head coach in the NHL – with the Boston Bruins in 1985 and with the Islanders in 1999.  He also served as the head coach for several minor league teams, including the Capital District Islanders, Las Vegas Thunder, Denver Grizzlies, Utah Grizzlies, and Anchorage Aces, where he won two championships. In 2002-2003, he took over the Krefeld Penguins of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and led them to their first championship since 1952. From 2004-2005, he was the coach of the DEG Metro Stars hockey team in Germany.

The Islanders start the 2010-11 season on Saturday, October 9 at home against the Dallas Stars. MSG Plus will televise a half-hour pre and post-game show for most Islanders matchups. “Hockey Night Live!,” hosted by Al Trautwig, will return for its third year and will be telecast every Saturday evening throughout the season.

Eighty Islanders games appeared on MSG Plus last season. In total, MSG and MSG Plus will telecast more than 300 live Islanders, Rangers, Devils and Sabres games this upcoming season.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
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14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
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J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
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