NY Islanders: 3 fun facts about legendary announcer Jiggs McDonald

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Jiggs McDonald was an NHL play-by-play announcer for more than 40 years, having been the original voice of both the Los Angeles Kings and Atlanta Flames before spending 15 seasons with the New York Islanders alongside Eddie Westfall, calling three Stanley Cup Winning teams.

Having announced over 3,000 NHL regular season games, McDonald received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990. He continued to make appearances on Islanders broadcasts filling in for Howie Rose when there were scheduling conflicts and recently was the emcee, wearing a blue vest with an orange bow tie when the Islanders opened up UBS Arena.

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For a generation of fans, his voice is the soundtrack of the Islanders dynasty; for many others, he helped introduce them to the game of hockey. If you are in your late 30's or older, you may feel you know the play-by-play man on a personal level because of how often he was inside your living room, but here are 3 fun facts about his career you may not yet know.