MSG NETWORKS CELEBRATES HOCKEY LEGEND AND ANALYST
STAN FISCHLER’S 40 YEARS OF ISLANDERS COVERAGE
WITH SPECIAL TELECAST: “40 YEARS OF FISCHLER”
TUESDAY, MARCH 29 THROUGHOUT THE ISLANDERS TELECAST on MSG+
KICKING OFF DURING PREGAME COVERAGE BEGINNING 6:30 PM
New York, NY (March 28, 2016) – MSG Networks (NYSE:MSGN) announced today “40 Years of Fischler,” a night dedicated to MSG Networks’ hockey analyst Stan Fischler who celebrates 40 years of New York Islanders coverage. On Tuesday, March 29 beginning 6:30 p.m. on MSG+ with Islanders pregame coverage, the night will be dedicated to the legendary broadcaster.
Howie Rose will kick off Tuesday’s festivities by taking over the Fischler Forecheck in pregame, recounting his favorite “Fischler” moments over the years. Throughout the telecast, Stan will receive video messages from celebrities and colleagues including Gary Bettman, Butch Goring, Shannon Hogan, Ralph Macchio, Jiggs McDonald and Howie Rose.
The celebration is already underway at MSGNetworks.com where fans can hear some of Stan’s famous jokes on a special soundboard that highlights some his most memorable gags, in addition to a Fischler timeline and an A to Z list of his favorite things. Fans are also encouraged to celebrate Stan on social media by sharing their favorite memories and congratulatory messages, using the hashtag “#40YearsOfFischler.” Select fan messages will be chosen to be part of Tuesday’s Islanders telecast.
Stan Fischler, known as “The Hockey Maven,” serves as the resident hockey expert for MSG Networks’. Fischler’s first job out of Brooklyn College was as a publicist for the New York Rangers during the 1954-55 season. Since then he has covered hockey either in print or in broadcast for over 50 years. “The Hockey Maven” began his broadcasting career in Boston as an analyst for the New England Whalers of the WHA on WKBG-TV in 1973-74. In March 1975 he joined SportsChannel New York, now MSG+, and has been covering the metropolitan area NHL teams ever since.
Over the last four decades, Fischler has written for many publications, including The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Sport Magazine, Newsweek and Hockey Digest.In 1962 Fischler’s article on Eddie Shore, which originally ran in Sports Illustrated, appeared in two compilation books of exceptional writing: The Realm of Sport by Herbert Warren Wind and Press Box: Red Smith’s Favorite Sports Stories. His writings have also been selected for inclusion in the book Best American Sports Writing of the Century, published in 1999. His latest publication, co-authored with Glenn “Chico” Resch, is entitled Who’s Better: Rangers, Devils, Islanders or Flyers? Fischler’s prose can also be found in The Hockey News, where he serves as a guest columnist, and in The Weekly Fischler Report, the only 52-weeks-a-year hockey business newsletter.
With the help of his wife Shirley, Fischler has authored or co-authored more than 90 books on the game, including The Hockey Encyclopedia, Everybody’s Hockey Book,The New NHL Encyclopedia and most recently MetroIce: A Century of Hockey in Greater New York, focusing on the Rangers, Islanders and Devils franchises. Fischler’s other passion is the New York City subway system and its history. He often writes about transportation and recently authored The Subway – A Trip Through Time on New York’s Rapid Transit.
A Manhattan resident, Fischler holds a master’s degree in education from Long Island University and has taught news and feature writing at Queens College, Columbia University and Fordham University. In January 1999 Mayor Rudolph Giuliani designated Fischler a Centennial Historian of the City of New York. When away from work, he enjoys bicycling, speed walking, hiking, reading and listening to Bob Crosby’s Bobcats.
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