by Patrick Hoffman on 02/18/10 at 12:21 PM ET
As most hockey fans know, there are a plethora of “good guys” in and around the game. These guys say the right things, do the right things and know that the fans are an integral part of the game.
Jim was kind enough to attend a Rangers’ writers roundtable, hosted by a solid Ranger fan publication and one I used to write for and contribute to, Blueshirt Bulletin.
Jim, who was their with Andrew Gross of The Record, had the following to say about the event:
It was a pleasure chatting with the fans, answering their questions, and sharing stories from my current work and past. And I appreciate that they didn’t stone me—-or at the very least boo me—-when I recounted my days as the play-by-play voice of the hated Islanders! Much appreciated everyone!
I should have known it was going to be a good night when I walked into the room where the meeting was being held by The Rangers Fan Club and someone shouted from across the room “Hey Jim! It’s me, Sal! I used to call you all the time on Rink Rap!”
Well, shoot, of course I remembered Sal! He was one of the awesome regulars who phoned in on my hockey talk show in the ‘90’s. People like Sal made that show a popular hit, and really helped launch my career in the NHL. So, hell yeah, I remember Sal; and it was a pleasure to be able to thank him in person for his long-time support.
And making the night the more fun was to be able to share the roundtable with Andrew Gross, my friend and fellow Rangers’ beat writer for The Record in New Jersey. Needless to say we had a few laughs, and even shared some of them with the fans!
Click here for more of Jim’s take on the event.
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