Legendary broadcaster Jiggs McDonald isn’t done just yet calling Islanders games.
McDonald will return to the broadcast booth this weekend to fill in for Brendan Burke, who is preparing to welcome his second child into the world. McDonald will call the Islanders game in New Jersey on Saturday as well as Sunday’s home game against the Devils.
“Ready to board a flight to Newark and sliding into Brendan Burke’s chair for the weekend series between the NY Islanders & NJ Devils,” McDonald told Islanders Insight’s Eric Bordin. “The Burkes are preparing to welcome the newest Islanders fan to their family. Out of retirement one more time to join Butch, Shannon and the MSG+ crew.”
McDonald, 78, called his last scheduled Islanders game in January when the Islanders hosted the Florida Panthers. The team honored McDonald for his 50 years broadcasting NHL games, 15 of which was spent as the TV voice of the Islanders.
The veteran play-by-play man covered the Islanders starting during the 1980-81 season and saw three of the Islanders four Stanley Cup victories in the 80s.