It didn't take going to a live NHL game, or even watching one on TV, to inspire Islanders radio play-by-play man Steve Mears to begin broadcasting. All it took was an old two-dimensional Nintendo video game, simply known as "Ice Hockey."
Mears discusses the origins of his announcing career, and one of the greatest ice hockey video games of all time in his latest NYI Voices Blog.
Click here to access the NYI Voices Blog, which also features other Islanders broadcasters, including the legendary Jiggs McDonald.
Watch IslandersTV video of Steve Mears' breakdown of the 2008-09 Islanders schedule.