All of you Islanders fans are in for a treat tomorrow night! Former longtime broadcasters Jiggs McDonald and Ed Westfall will reunite during the second period of the Bruins/Islanders game on MSG Plus.
The reunion will be part of “Ed Westfall Night” as the Islanders honor their original captain and induct him into the franchise’s Hall of Fame.
“Jiggs and Eddie” shared the booth for 15 years starting with the 1980-81 season, the second of the Islanders’ four consecutive Stanley Cup-winning runs. Westfall retired from broadcasting in 1998, while McDonald is an occasional fill-in for Islanders’ current play-by-play man Howie Rose, including approximately 10 games this season.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to get back in the booth with Eddie,” McDonald says. “And for this to take place on such a wonderful night – Eddie’s night – it’s an honor, and I’m very much looking forward to it.”
Starting at 7:00 p.m., MSG Plus will have live coverage of “Ed Westfall Night,” including a video tribute to Westfall’s career, the dedication of a plaque honoring Westfall and McDonald, the raising of Westfall’s Islanders Hall of Fame banner, and the former captain’s speech to the Nassau Coliseum crowd.
“On such a special night, we thought it would be fun for Islanders fans to have another chance to hear this historic New York broadcasting team behind the mic, Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks, says.”
“Jiggs is the best, so this is going to be a lot of fun,” Westfall says. “I hope Islanders fans enjoy this as much as we will. The ‘Jiggs and Eddie’ dog and pony show continues!”