Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Butch Goring

Yesterday, Islanders legendary player and current broadcaster Butch Goring celebrated his 65th birthday.

Known as the final piece of the puzzle, the Islanders acquired Goring at the trade deadline in 1980 just months before the team started their dynasty.  Goring ended up playing in 332 regular season games as an Islander putting up 195 points in that period of time including 108 assists.  Goring won the 1981 Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs leading the Islanders to their second straight Stanley Cup.  After retiring, Goring went into coaching and actually served as head coach for the Islanders for two seasons in 1999/2000 and 2000/2001.  Later in the decade, Goring made his way back to the Islanders organization serving as the teams occasional sideline reporter as well as a representative for the team on the MSG show Hockey Night Live.  After the Islanders ended their relationship with Billy Jaffe in 2010, Goring was moved to the booth alongside long time Islanders broadcaster Howie Rose and has been there ever since.

We here at savetheisles would like to wish Mr. Goring a very Happy Birthday.

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