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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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