MSG Analyst Stan Fischler
discussed in his latest blog his thoughts on the first episode in Islanders Illustrated, which debuted on Wednesday on MSG Plus. Click here
to access Fischler’s blog – Game On
In case you missed the debut of Islanders Illustrated, you have one last chance to catch the first episode, tonight at 7:30 pm on MSG Plus.Islanders on Summer Television
Islanders fans who may feel starved for coverage this offseason will get a TV tonic starting this week."Islanders Illustrated"
will run monthly during the summer and every two weeks during the regular season on MSG Plus
. The upcoming show will be Friday night, June 20, at 7:30 pm on MSG Plus. Produced by Josh Bernstein, the galvanic head of the Isles' PR staff, the half-hour show is hosted by Shawna Ryan, whose pizzazz presence is a major asset to the production.
"How good is the show?" I asked my sidekick, Jeremy Strauss, for his view, which follows:
"I like it because it offers an in-depth, all-access look at the happenings in the Islanders system on and off the ice. Any fan of the team would be tickled by the presentation."
The show draws viewers with a dramatic opening montage of goals, saves, hits, fights and community events from the previous season.
Host Shawna presides over topics that include the NHL draft with insights from Garth Snow
, who explains how the front office assesses and chooses potential stars.
"I was impressed with the manner in which Ryan noted that past fifth overall picks such as Jaromir Jagr, Bill Guerin
and Scott Stevens
have each carried out very successful careers," says Strauss.
Islanders Illustrated also zeros in on the team's younger talents – Kyle Okposo, Blake Comeau
and Jeff Tambellini,
among others. Okposo's possible nicknames as well as the players' favorite ways to score are among the topics up for debate.
Strauss particularly liked another segment, "Skates and Smarts," featuring captain Bill Guerin.
"He explains that the job of a captain is to lead by example," notes Strauss. "After offering a few short clips of Bill's work on the ice, Ryan points out that Guerin and his wife Kara were recently honored by the Long Island Children's Museum for community work in such realms as hospital visits and toy drives."
Illustrated also profiles the Islanders' Community Events Ice Tour
– the recent craze sweeping Long Island – which is designed to teach kids how to play hockey while "leaving goals and equipment behind." Various players, such as Trent Hunter
, have traveled with the tour.
The last segment of the program, entitled "Islelights," zeros in on highlights of 2007, including Al Arbour Night, which was voted by fans online as the best moment of the year.
Our critic offers a thumbs-up for the program.
"In particular, the all-access look at players off the ice is fun," Strauss concludes. "Each episode also will preview the upcoming program. If nothing else, Islanders Illustrated proves that 'offseason' does not mean the hockey world stops running."