WHO WE ARE
EyesOnIsles is one of the leading sources for news and commentary about the New York Islanders hockey club.
It is part of the FanSided sports network of sites and are proud credentialed members of the exclusive New York Islanders blog box.
In addition to our daily morning read, ‘Top Shelf’, you will find pregame previews and post-game wrap-ups (including our new ‘Snap Shots’ feature immediately after the game), exciting articles, cutting edge commentary, prospect reports and more.
We also feature a weekly podcast titled ‘The Dump and Chase Podcast‘ which is an hour of Islanders talk with special guest appearances.
We are your one stop shop for everything New York Islanders because at the end of the day, ‘WE ARE ALL ISLANDERS’.
The staff at EyesOnIsles are all passionate Islanders fans and have been for a very long time. Not all of us were here for the Stanley Cup years and some would never admit they were. But we are all here for the rebuild years. The years promised and the ones management is delivering on. It really is a great time to be an Islanders fan.
Andy has been an Islanders fan since 1977, watching games on television with his father when the pregame show was ‘Uncle Floyd’ via WHT. He has seen the ups and downs of this great franchise and his devotion has never wavered. He currently resides in Central New Jersey with his wife of 23 years and 2 outstanding children. Since becoming part of the Eyes On Isles team in early 2013, he quickly moved forward to editor and social media director, overseeing all material presented on the site and controlling all social media accounts, including Twitter and Facebook. It truly has become a ‘second’ home to him and his hard work and dedication proved to be fruitful as the Islanders organization welcomed him into the blog box for the 2013-14 season, providing him exclusive access to the press box and locker rooms. His tweets at @tazman19 are his own: sometimes comical, sometimes serious and even a little informative if the moon aligns just right.
Quote : “100% of the shots you don’t take, don’t go in” – Wayne Gretzky
Rich is a father of two beautiful daughters, and currently resides in Howard Beach, Queens. He is the current Copy Editor and Senior Staff Writer on the site, having once been sole Editor and writer when Islander failure was a foregone conclusion. So last season. Turned to hockey writing after realizing two English degrees wouldn’t make him the next William Shakespeare. Incredibly happy to be a member of both the EYES family and the entire Fansided community. Ignore his Tweets @RDNHL.
I’ve always been a New York Islanders fan, my dad having grown up on Long Island playing hockey and living across the street from the Coliseum. When I was a kid, visits to my grandparents’ house would usually involve an Islanders game, a five-minute walk down Manor Parkway and across Hempstead Turnpike. From the time I learned to skate, I’ve always had a love for the blue and orange. (The four Stanley Cup banners hanging in the rafters didn’t hurt, either.)
I started writing online as a contributor at Bleacher Report in 2011. I became an Islanders and NHL featured columnist at the site in 2012, while also writing about the NFL, the EPL and NCAAF. I followed up my time at B/R with a short stint as an Islanders blogger at The Checking Line before joining Eyes On Isles as senior staff writer in April 2013. As a credentialed member of the EOI staff, I have the opportunity to cover my favorite team by attending practices, watching games from the press box, and conducting in-person interviews with players and coaches.
Chris is a father of no children, and currently resides in good ol’ Merrick, New York. He is currently a Staff Writer at Eyes on Isles, and the founder of Islanders Op-Timism – a blog that was focused on bringing, and now focused on maintaining a positive vibe surrounding the New York Islanders. Chris turned to writing out of boredom during his senior year of college in February 2012, and hasn’t looked back, receiving opportunities to contribute for Hockey Independent before Eyes swept him off his feet in March of 2013. Chris can be further read occasionally on HOCK.ly, and can be heard on the Dump and Chase Podcast. Follow him @ChrisTriants if you enjoy pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. Thrilled to be a part of the family that is Eyes On Isles.
My name is Eric Bordin. I am 37 years old and I live in West Palm Beach, FL. I grew up on Long Island and was an Islanders fan from the time I could talk. I attended a couple of the Stanley Cup parades as a young kid. I stayed up til 2AM to watch Pat Lafontaine score the OT goal during the Easter Epic. I was there in 1993 when the Isles had a surprising run to the Final Four. I have been there for many games from then on, including one of the games this past season in the Pittsburgh series. I look forward to many more years of Isles hockey, and the success that is to come. I am not at ALL in favor of Brooklyn, and I think it’s a terrible idea. That being said, I will support the Islanders wherever they are and wherever I am!
Shane is an aspiring sports broadcaster and journalist who’s main focus is hockey. At an early age he was introduced to hockey and the New York Islanders and he has not looked away since. From the first time he stepped on the ice at the age of three Shane continues to have a deep love and passion for the game of hockey a good five years after his last competitive game. Currently Shane is a staff-writer for EyesonIsles.com as well as the director/producer of The Dump and Chase Podcast. He is also a part-time Board Op in the SiriusXM Sports Department. Shane’s ultimate goal is to host his own sports (or hockey) radio show and to be a go-to source for hockey information for the public to follow. Make sure you follow him @ShaneBNHL.
Peter is an aspiring sports journalist immersed in the game of hockey. He became fascinated with the Islanders at a very young age, and his love for the team has continuously progressed. Currently, Peter is a Staff Writer for EyesonIsles.com. His goal in life is to become a credentialed Islanders writer, and to be an exclusive insider for the team. Give him a follow on twitter @pjmcentee
With a father who proudly owned season tickets during the Dynasty Years and even drank from the Cup himself, there was no question Reagan would be an Islanders fan from birth.
Born and raised in West Hempstead, NY, Reagan has been following the Isles for as long as he can remember. From watching Pierre Turgeon as a kid to heading to games straight from Kellenberg across the street, the team’s been a life long passion of Reagan’s.
Reagan is a graduated of the University of Dayton and currently resides in Chicago as Eyes on Isles’ “Midwest Corespondent.” He can be found on Twitter @ReaganKingIsles or via email at [email protected].
Joe Pantorno is a graduate from Hofstra University (’13) with a BA in Print Journalism and a minor in History. While running the school’s independent, student-run newspaper, he held internships in the sports departments at the New York Post, Newsday and Community News Group.
Pantorno was born into a family where nights from October to May were reserved for Islanders hockey with dad and he’s ashamed to say it, but still has a soft spot for the old fisherman jerseys.
With a little push from high school teacher Ms. Kelly, Pantorno started sports writing and immediately fell in love with it. He is thrilled to be a part of Eyes on Isles and looks forward to covering a team that is on the ascension and will be providing fans with a new brand of thrilling hockey.
Joe Powers – Staff Writer
Joe watched his first Islander game when he was six, and has been a diehard fan ever since. A student of the game since the league was roughly half the size it is today, he watches with a biased eye and when it comes to hockey, he bleeds blue and orange. When he’s not watching, listening to, reading about or studying hockey, Joe is a budding fiction writer and animal lover. He has a long-distance relationship with the Islanders, watching and cheering from Atlantic Canada.
Jon Zella – Staff Writer
John is 22 and originally from Long Island currently living in Oswego, NY. I am a Masters Candidate at SUNY Oswego studying public history, which is also my B.A. I have been an Islanders fan as far as I can remember. I also coach the Women’s Club Hockey team at SUNY Oswego and have played drums in crummy bands for almost 10 years.
Tom is a founding member of the Islanders 7th man, section 329 at the Nassau Coliseum. He and his crew can often be heard on broadcasts singing their original songs about the Islanders and that evening’s opponent. He contributes to Eyes On Eyes via a monthly power rankings column.
If you are interested in writing about the New York Islanders as part of Eyes On Isles and the Fansided network, please drop us a line with a writing sample (link is fine). We will get back to you as soon as possible. You can email us at [email protected]
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