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Talkin' Isles is the official interview podcast of the New York Islanders. Join Radio Color Commentator Greg Picker and NewYorkIslanders.com Web Content Manager Cory Wright, as they welcome special guests, alumni, broadcasters and chat about all things involving the New York Islanders.
Episode 26: Brad Boyes

Brad Boyes joins episode 26 of the podcast. The winger talks to Cory and Greg about playing with Tim Connolly and Chris Campoli in junior hockey (3:20), playing with Brent Thompson in the AHL (17:25), his early impressions of Long Island (25:10), playing on the Islanders top line (28:05), the second half of the 2012-13 season (30:05), the 2013 playoff series vs the Penguins (32:50), Mark Streit as a captain (38:15), playing with Leo Komarov in Toronto (42:30), getting involved in real estate (46:25) and more.

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Episode 25: Duane Sutter

Duane Sutter joins Greg and Cory in the latest episode of Talkin' Isles. The four-time Stanley Cup champion - and member of hockey's most famous family - talks about growing up on the Sutter family farm (2:35), getting selected in the 1979 August draft and hanging up on Bill Torrey (7:30), his famous "offside" goal in Game 6 against the Flyers in 1980 (15:05), Playing with his brother Brent (19:40), Sutter's mentorship of Hungary's youth hockey program (29:10) and more.

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Episode 24: Mike Bossy Archival Interview (Jan. 2020)

Hockey Hall of Famer and four-time Stanley Cup Champion Mike Bossy sat down with Greg and Cory in January of 2020 prior to an Islanders-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. Mike shares stories about being drafted by the Islanders (3:09), learning from Al Arbour (7:27), negotiating a rookie-contract with Bill Torrey (9:30), the '82 playoffs (15:08), scoring 50 goals in 50 games (17:45), his relationship with Bryan Trottier (20:26), Clark Gillies (21:28) and more. This interview was posted to the Talkin' Isles feed in light of Bossy's passing in April, 2022.

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Episode 23: Frans Nielsen

Former Islanders center Frans Nielsen joins episode 23 of the podcast. The Danish forward talks to Greg and Cory about playing youth hockey in Denmark (2:15), the game that made Nielsen an Islanders fan (6:00), the origin of his backhand shootout move (7:15), the impact the 2007 playoffs had on him (10:45), playing at Yankee Stadium (14:55), the 2014-15 season (18:05), the 2016 playoffs (24:50), the World Cup of Hockey (27:30), playing in the Olympics (31:50) and more.

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Episode 22: Ria

Ria, the New York Islanders In-Arena Host, joins episode 22 of the Talkin' Isles podcast. Ria talks about her approach to hosting and DJing Islanders games, playing basketball in Europe and in college, UBS Arena and more!

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Episode 21: Hailey Hunter

Islanders Host and Reporter Hailey Hunter joins episode 21 of the podcast. Hunter talks about getting into broadcasting (2:10), being a collegiate golfer (7:20), working in local news in Mississippi (9:35), hosting Islanders games at UBS Arena (12:30), covering the Beijing Olympics (18:00) and more.

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Episode 20: Ken Morrow

Olympic Gold medalist and four-time Stanley Cup champion Ken Morrow joins the podcast for episode 20. Morrow, a member of the Miracle on Ice team, goes in-depth on the 1980 Olympics, from trying out (9:50), barnstorming (12:30), Herb Brooks (19:45), beating the Soviets (29:40), the famous bag skate (32:35), winning gold (35:35), winning the Stanley Cup in 1980 (43:30), being inducted into the team's hall of fame (51:00) and more.

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Episode 19: AJ Mleczko

Olympic Gold Medalist and broadcaster AJ Mleczko joins episode 19 of the podcast. Mleczko talks about getting into hockey as a young girl (2:30), the lead up to the 1998 Nagano Olympics (9:30), winning the first gold medal in women's hockey with Team USA (15:05), breaking into broadcasting (27:35), the booth vs. between the benches (35:05), being a part of an all-women's broadcast crew (41:29), memories from covering the Islanders (49:54) and more.

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Episode 18: John Tonelli

Islanders legend John Tonelli joins episode 18 of the podcast. Tonelli talks about his time in the World Hockey Association and playing with Gordie Howe (3:15), how he came to the Islanders (7:30), memories from the 1980 run (11:15), the Islanders 15-game winning streak in 1982 (20:00), saving the dynasty in 1982 (24:55), his jersey retirement (33:20), playing with Gretzky in LA (38:30), a prank involving Clark Gillies (42:15) and more.

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Episode 17: Colin McDonald

Colin McDonald joins the podcast for episode 17. Cory and Greg talk to McDonald about: playing college hockey at Providence College (3:40), becoming the captain of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (12:30), making the jump to the Islanders in 2012-13 (14:00), the 2013 playoff series against the Penguins (18:10), the Islanders Stadium Series game vs the Rangers at Yankee Stadium (21:35), memories of Evgeni Nabokov (25:30) and Lubomir Visnovsky (29:40), his glove getting stolen (31:05), post-playing career (37:00) and more.

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Episode 16: Brad Dalgarno

Brad Dalgarno joins the podcast for episode 16. The sixth-overall pick in 1985 chats with Cory and Greg about: how he got into hockey (2:40), getting drafted sixth overall by the Islanders (9:45), how Mike Bossy changed his hockey stick and rooming with Bryan Trottier (15:30), being the locker room DJ (19:50), flying commercially as an NHL team (22:25), the 1993 playoff run (29:30), his music background and playing in the Juno Cup (38:55), his transition to the business world (41:55), cigarettes in the NHL (45:40) and more.

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Episode 15: Mariusz Czerkawski

Mariusz Czerkawski joins the podcast for episode 15. Greg and Cory talk to the Polish Prince about youth hockey roots in Poland (3:05), playing in the 1990 World Juniors (6:05), arriving on Long Island and playing with European stars (13:30), the 2001-02 season (17:35), becoming a champion amateur golfer after retirement (25:15), playing in the 2000 NHL All-Star Game (34:27), his impact on Polish hockey (41:15), orange jerseys (42:35) and more!

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Episode 14: Brendan Burke

Islanders TV play-by-play broadcaster Brendan Burke joins the podcast for episode 14. Burke talks about how he got started in broadcasting (2:15), calling minor league baseball (6:10), working in the AHL and AF2 (10:45), getting the Islanders job in 2016 (20:15), "Game 1 to the Island!" (27:05), working with Butch (31:45) and Eric Hornick (36:20), Opening Weekend at UBS Arena (39:00) and more!

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Episode 13: Howie Rose

Former Islanders TV play-by-play broadcaster Howie Rose joins Cory and Greg in the 13th episode of Talkin' Isles. Rose talks about getting into sports broadcasting (2:30), Sports Phone (5:00), getting the Isles play-by-play job in 1995 (7:30), the 2001-02 season (12:00), the Dubie poke-check (17:45), working with Butch Goring (26:15), calling hockey vs. baseball (35:30) and more!

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Episode 12: Arron Asham

Former Islanders winger Arron Asham joins Cory and Greg in the 12th episode of Talkin' Isles. Asham talks about the characters on the early 2000's teams (4:00), the end of the 2007 season/Dubie pokecheck (6:10), playing in Gander, Newfoundland (11:30), working with the Islanders amateur hockey initiatives (12:35), Arron's Chance 2 Play charity (16:40), the NHL Indigenous Tour (17:40) and more.

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Episode 11: Clark Gillies

Hockey Hall of Famer and four-time Stanley Cup Champion Clark Gillies joins Cory and Greg on the 11th episode of Talkin' Isles. Gillies talks about being drafted by the Islanders (2:50), playing minor-league baseball (4:53), being part of the Western Canadian contingent on the Isles (10:12), his nickname 'Jethro' (12:58), comparing the Stanley Cup runs (20:36), taking part in the Coliseum crowd in recent years (35:31) and more!

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Episode 10: Mick Vukota

Islanders penalty minutes leader Mick Vukota joins Cory and Greg in the 10th episode of Talkin' Isles. Vukota talks about his on-ice run in with Tiger Williams (10:00), being the franchise leader in PIMs (13:35), fighting a who's who of tough guys (15:05), his natural hat trick vs Washington (16:50), playing for Butch Goring in the IHL (27:00), excitement for UBS Arena (32:00) and more!

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Episode 9: Stan Fischler

Legendary writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler joins Cory and Greg for episode 9 of the podcast. The guys lead off with Fischler's induction to the US Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2021 before getting into Fischler's career (3:20). Fischler talks about the difference between being a writer and a broadcaster (10:00), his wife Shirley Fischler's trailblazing career as a hockey writer (13:30), Stan's best interview ever with Ray Ferraro in the 1993 playoffs (20:45), interacting with Evgeni Nabokov (26:45), Fischler's tour of UBS Arena (28:35) and more.

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Episode 8: Denis Potvin

The captain of the Islanders dynasty joins Cory and Greg on episode 8 of the podcast. Potvin talks about being drafted first overall (2:30), playing with his brother Jean Potvin (6:05), Al Arbour's transcendental meditation (10:30), playing in the 1976 Canada Cup (17:55), broadcasting the "They're goin home!" game (20:30), why he doesn't drink out of the Cup (28:25), Hall of Fame induction (33:40), meeting Mick Jagger (38:55), UBS Arena (40:45) and more.

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Episode 7: Chico Resch

Greg and Cory are joined by former Islanders goaltender and New Jersey Devils radio commentator Glenn "Chico" Resch on episode seven. Chico talks about visiting Nassau Coliseum for the last time (2:55), his excitement for UBS Arena (6:55), his path to the NHL (9:32), how he got the nickname Chico (19:55), his relationship and partnership with Billy Smith (25:22), the 1975 run (35:35), standup goaltending and vintage equipment (40:17) and more.

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Episode 6: Chris King

Greg and Cory are joined by Islanders radio play-by-play voice - and Greg's partner - Chris King on episode six. Kinger talks about becoming a fan in 1972 (2:30), sneaking into a game at Nassau Coliseum (14:30), getting into broadcasting (20:50), transitioning from software engineering to Isles radio (23:10), Kinger's radio influences (29:25), calling the bubble games remotely (32:55), looking forward to UBS Arena (40:15), calling games in empty buildings (41:50), the series clinchers at the Coliseum (44:30) and more.

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Episode 5: Damien Woody

Talkin' Isles catches up with two-time Super Bowl champion, ESPN analyst and Islanders superfan Damien Woody. Greg and Cory talk to Damien about how he became an Islanders fan and his first Coliseum experience (2:20), the NY Jets presence at Islanders playoff games (7:10), the NHL returning to ESPN (10:15), wearing his Isles jersey on SportsCenter and relationship with Stephen A. Smith (11:40), the Coliseum playoff experience and looking forward to UBS Arena (16:40).

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Episode 4: Patrick Flatley

Talkin' Isles catches up with former Islanders captain Patrick Flatley in episode four. Greg and Cory talk to Flatley about playing for Team Canada in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics (7:00), his NHL debut playing on a line with John Tonelli and Brent Sutter (9:35), becoming the Islanders captain (18:40), Heals and Flats (22:10), UBS Arena (29:35), working in the bagel industry (30:30) and more.

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Episode 3: Jiggs McDonald

Talkin' Isles catches up with Hockey Hall of Famer Jiggs McDonald in episode three. Greg and Cory talk to Jiggs about winning the Foster Hewitt Award (4:15), how he got the nickname Jiggs (12:30), becoming the Islanders' broadcaster (18:30), his favorite dynasty moment (26:55), calling the Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics (32:30), broadcasting with Butch Goring (42:10) and his excitement for UBS Arena (44:10).

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Episode 2: Shawn Bates

Talkin' Isles catches up with Shawn Bates in episode two. Greg and Cory talk to Bates about the Lucky 7's line with Mark Parrish and Michael Peca (4:00), winning a national championship at BU (6:20) and the Islanders emotional first home game after 9/11 (9:20). The guys do a deep dive on the 2002 playoff series against the Maple Leafs, from the physicality (14:30), to Bates' penalty shot in Game 4 (16:35) and wrap up with Bates' return to the Coliseum in the 2019 playoffs (25:55) and more.

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Episode 1: Bob Nystrom

Talkin' Isles kicks off with Mr. Islander, Bob Nystrom. Cory and Greg talk to Nystrom about getting drafted (4:20), hijinks in 1972 (7:15), scoring the Cup-clinching goal in 1980 (17:10), the Islanders softball team (23:00), his 900th and final game (27:00), doing radio commentary (28:40), the Mr. Islander award (33:45) and more.

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