There’s one more late-preseason lineup move for the Islanders: AJ Mleczko will join MSG’s broadcast for 20 Isles games this season, joining Shannon Hogan in studio on pre-game, intermission and post-game coverage.
In past years, Hogan has been joined by former Islanders players like Rick DiPietro and Mark Parrish for different stretches of the season. This is the first time she’ll have a U.S. Olympic hockey gold medalist as a regular partner for insight and commentary.
Brendan Burke (play-by-play) and Butch Goring (in-game analyst) continue in their existing roles on the live call. MSG Networks will have coverage of 81 Islanders games this season.
Mleczko, who won gold with the U.S. team in 1998 and silver in 2002, has been part of NBC Sports’ hockey coverage since 2006 and has covered five Olympic Games, including the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, where the U.S. women won gold 20 years after Mleczko’s team broke the ice.
Earlier this year she made history as the first woman to work as in-booth analyst for NHL playoff games on NBC Sports.
In her playing career, in addition to the U.S. national team, the New Canaan, Connecticut, native played for Harvard University (NCAA), where she won a national championship in 1999. She also received the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the nation’s top women’s college hockey player.