Today I had the pleasure to interview New York Islanders radio color commentator Greg Picker. Here are some of the questions I asked him.
Q1: How long have you been working for the Islanders?
A: 4 years. First in the the public relations department and now full time on the radio.
Q2: How did you get the idea that you wanted to be a NHL broadcaster?
A: Going back to when I was 5 or 6 years old I used to play on the nintendo 64 and broadcast those games. This used to drive my brother crazy.
Q3: How did you become a broadcaster?
A: I was a broadcaster at Boston University for men and women\’s sports.
Q4: Who was your favorite player growing up?
A: New York Islanders\’ Michael Peca.
Q5: What is your second favorite sport?
A: Soccer. I\’ve never played it but it\’s fun to watch.
Q6: What is your second favorite NHL team?
A: Whoever plays the Rangers.
Q7: Who is your favorite non-Islander to watch?
A: P.K. Subban. He really electrifies the crowd in Montreal.
Q8: What is the best game you ever broadcasted?
A: Game 6 OT winner of round 1 of this year. Also, the most special game was when Michael Grabner scored an OT winner in Colorado in 2014. It was my first game doing play by play.
Q9: What is 1 thing you want the Islanders to do this offseason?
A: Re-sign two of the three UFAs. ( Frans Nielson, Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin. )
Q10: What is the most tongue twisting name you had to say as a broadcaster?
A: Jryki Jokipakka of the Calgary Flames.
Q11: How do you like Barclays Center?
A: It\’s not the Coliseum but I really like it. The broadcasters sit really close to the ice and we feel like we are part of the crowd.
Q12: Who wins the Stanley Cup this year?
A: The Penguins. Even though they are losing 1-0, they\’ve been the best team in the NHL since February.