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Jiggs McDonald

Person from Canada

John Kenneth "Jiggs" McDonald (born November 28, 1938) is a sportscaster who did play-by-play announcing for NHL games for almost 40 years. In 1990, McDonald received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame. McDonald began his NHL broadcasting career in 1967, as the voice of the expansion Los Angeles Kings. In November 2003, he announced his 3,000th regular season game; his number of games called is thought to be the highest by an NHL announcer. He was the original voice of both the Los Angeles Kings, where he was nearly paired with Al Michaels, and the Atlanta Flames, where Bernie Geoffrion served as his broadcasting partner. When the Flames moved to Calgary in 1980, McDonald joined the New York Islanders broadcast team as play-by-play announcer, taking over for Steve Albert; former Islanders captain Ed Westfall was the color commentator. McDonald spent 15 seasons as the Islanders' play-by-play man, and the team won three Stanley Cups during the period. Including national work, as well as work for other teams, McDonald called the play-by-play of over 200 NHL playoff games. Although he was not the announcer for the first (1980) Stanley Cup championship team,  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of birth
1938-11-28
Nationality
Canada

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