HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – In segment three, Stan Fischler continues his discussions with Chris Riley of the Power Play Break. Fischler and Riley start off with a description of the iconic Jimmy Breslin and his work on the New York Journal American.
Riley guides the segment and Fischler’s recollections through that old newspaper and the stories of cigarettes, dreadful bars and writers sleeping at the paper. The story of “Marco” Sy Katz is the one that makes this segment ring.
The segment closes with a reminiscence of the old Madison Square Garden and bad sight lines. In addition, there is a discussion of the NHL’s expansion in 1967 and the impact it had Fischler and hockey in general including the Cup of 1973-74 season.
This segment makes the series come alive. The Power Play Break is where you come to “talk pucks” but also gain some insight into the history of the game and the people who helped shape it.