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Stan Fischler to be Inducted into US Hockey Hall of Fame

Writer and broadcaster has covered Islanders since 1970s

by Cory Wright @WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

The Hockey Maven is going to the US Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Stan Fischler was named to the 2021 US Hockey Hall of Fame class on Thursday, as the legendary hockey writer and broadcaster received one of the highest hockey honors in the United States. 

Fischler was announced in a class with Paul Holmgren, the longtime player, coach, GM and current senior advisor to the Philadelphia Flyers, and former player-turned-broadcaster Peter McNab. 

"I am grateful, very grateful for the honor," Fischler said. "I have three priorities in life. My first priority, by far, is family, followed by health and hockey. Hockey has been part of my life since my father took me to a game in 1939 and I never stopped going to hockey games."

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Fischler was a part of Islanders TV broadcasts from 1975 until 2018 and had covered the Islanders as a writer from the team's first game in 1972. He's penned the Maven's Memories column on NewYorkIslanders.com since the start of the 2018-19 season. 

The Brooklyn, NY native's work extends beyond just covering the Islanders. Fischler's professional hockey writing career dates back to 1955 and his broadcasting career began in 1973 covering the New England Whalers in the now-defunct World Hockey Association. Per the US Hockey Hall of Fame release, Fischler has also authored, or co-authored, some 100 books on hockey. He has additionally written books about the New York City subway. 

"The trick is, it's never been work, it's always been fun," Fischler said. "To say that I've been working is a joke. It's my life's laugh is just doing hockey every single day."

Video: Stan Fischler Tours UBS Arena

Fischler's historical knowledge of the Islanders and the game at large is unmatched, and the 89-year-old has always put his unique flair into his written and on-air work. Fischler's induction is the latest in a long line of awards and honors, including NY Emmy's and the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2007 for outstanding contributions to American hockey.

Congratulations, Stan! 

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