MSG announced today that Butch Goring will take over the full-time role of New York Islanders television analyst on MSG Plus, sharing the booth with award-winning play-by-play announcer Howie Rose. Goring joined MSG in 2007 and has since served as a hockey analyst on MSG’s popular weekly hockey roundup show “Hockey Night Live!” and various Islanders telecasts.
“Butch has been an opinionated and objective contributor to Islanders telecasts and ‘Hockey Night Live!’ for a number of years, and moving him to full-time duty in the Islanders television booth is a natural progression for his evolving broadcast talents,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks. “His history with the team, his extensive hockey expertise, not to mention his four Stanley Cups, will add something special to our telecasts and engage fans each and every game.”
“I am really looking forward to working in the booth this season, and being a part of this new and exciting hockey team,” said Goring. “I have a very strong connection with Islanders history and I just hope the fans will embrace me in this role as they did in the glory years of the ‘80s.”
Goring enjoyed a successful 16-year career as a player in the NHL. He was considered the catalyst in delivering four consecutive Stanley Cups to the Islanders after being traded to the team during the 1979-80 season. In 1978 he won both the Bill Masterton Trophy and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy while with the Los Angeles Kings, the team that drafted him in 1969.
After his playing days, Goring had two stints as a head coach in the NHL – with the Boston Bruins in 1985 and with the Islanders in 1999. He also served as the head coach for several minor league teams, including the Capital District Islanders, Las Vegas Thunder, Denver Grizzlies, Utah Grizzlies, and Anchorage Aces, where he won two championships. In 2002-2003, he took over the Krefeld Penguins of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and led them to their first championship since 1952. From 2004-2005, he was the coach of the DEG Metro Stars hockey team in Germany.
The Islanders start the 2010-11 season on Saturday, October 9 at home against the Dallas Stars. MSG Plus will televise a half-hour pre and post-game show for most Islanders matchups. “Hockey Night Live!,” hosted by Al Trautwig, will return for its third year and will be telecast every Saturday evening throughout the season.
Eighty Islanders games appeared on MSG Plus last season. In total, MSG and MSG Plus will telecast more than 300 live Islanders, Rangers, Devils and Sabres games this upcoming season.