HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – Chris Riley jumps into this fourth segment with Stan Fischler talking about the beginnings of the New York Islanders as an expansion team. Fischler talks of the early days of minor league hockey on the Island and the move of the New York Rovers where Eddie Giacomin played.
The Rovers became the Long Island Ducks, the first hockey team this writer ever witnessed as a live event.
In those early days in the minors, the end boards were topped with chicken-wire and the mid-boards were unprotected.
The World Hockey Association came to be in the frenzy of expansion and placed the New York Islanders in Nassau Coliseum.
From there, Fischler relates some of his time with The Hockey News and then on to his time as a broadcaster.
Enjoy this latest episode of the Stan Fischler series.