The New York Islanders announced that the team has honored longtime hockey historian Stan Fischler, permanently bestowing his name on the media work area at UBS Arena at Belmont Park. The press level is officially named the Stan Fischler Press Level.
The Islanders held an official dedication on Wednesday at UBS Arena, prior to the game against the New York Rangers. Fischler, 90, is an award winning journalist and broadcaster whose career in the sport spans eight decades. America’s foremost hockey historian, Fischler’s work has brought the sport’s stories, characters and excitement to an expansive reading and viewing audience.
The 2021 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee joined what today is known as the MSG Network in 1975. That relationship lasted more than 40 years – with his intermission reports and postgame interviews for the Islanders, Rangers and New Jersey Devils being a staple of the broadcasts.
Fischler, whose television work received eight Emmy awards, had an ice level vantage point for the area’s eight modern era Stanley Cup champions, beginning with the Islanders’ four consecutive titles from 1980-83. He retired from broadcasting following the 2017-18 season.
The native of Brooklyn, New York, is the author or co author of more than 100 books on hockey, including The Hockey Encyclopedia. His current project is the Islanders’ 50th Anniversary Book, which will include the 2022-23 season. Fischler has written for many notable publications, including the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News.
He was awarded the prestigious Lester Patrick Trophy in 2007 for outstanding contributions to American hockey. Fischler continues to publish The Fischler Report, which has been in circulation for more than 30 years and covers wide ranging topics related to the NHL and hockey in general. Additionally, he writes a weekly column for the Islanders among other outlets.