Legendary New York Islanders play-by-play announcer Jiggs McDonald was in town last week to host ceremonies for the final regular season game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Fortunately for all of us, he periodically does guest spells on the team's broadcast filling in for Howie Rose, but they usually come during road trips.
While the man heard on so many classic calls made multiple trips to the Coliseum this year, he was visibly moved by the reception from fans last weekend. He shared that sentiment over social media today. Just like the broadcasts where he brought games to life, his words are something all Islanders fans should hear:
I am still riding on a cloud -- one made by the NY Islanders fans who welcomed me so warmly this past Saturday. The walk from the hotel to the Coliseum was special because of your handshakes and kind comments..selfies too. Then as I made my way to the public address location--what can I say. I teared up during your "Jiggs McDonald" chant...
Very few play by play announcers experience the respect you've given me over so many years and I just want to return that respect today. You are the most loyal hockey fans I've ever worked for and I hope you'll be rewarded with a loooong playoff run this year as well as a true contender for many years to come.
The feeling's mutual, Jiggs. Thank you for so many memories.