Long Island Sports News & Notes

Rex Ryan to drop puck at Isles opener
The Jets head coach brought his luck and swagger to the ice at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where he dropped the opening puck for the Islanders-Stars season opener Saturday afternoon.

“New York fans are a passionate group and I’m excited to be able to drop the puck on the Islanders’ new season in front of what’s sure to be another rowdy New York crowd,” said Ryan.

Isles ink deal with Hofstra radio
It’s not WFAN, or some flunky FM station. WRHU has its advantages to being the radio home of the Islanders.

Students will help on the production end. The station reaches all of Nassau County and Queens and parts of western Suffolk County.

Last year the team decided to simulcast television broadcasts on WRCN, 94.3 FM.
IslandersPointBlank.com reported on the news last Wednesday. Chris Botta, a former Islanders communications head, also wrote that the Islanders broadcasts would be available on the Internet.

Former color commentator, Chris King will move over to the play-by-play position and various Hofstra broadcast students will have the opportunity to serve as the color analysts and sideline reporters throughout the season.

The agreement gives WRHU radio rights to Islanders games throughout the regular season. Islanders Radio veteran Chris King will produce the broadcasts and announce the games for WRHU. Hofstra University students will assist in the broadcast.

“We are excited to work with the Hofstra based radio station, WRHU, to not only broadcast Islanders game but provide opportunities for future members of the industry,” said Justin Johnson, Islanders Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “Hofstra has a terrific School of Communication and we are looking forward to the reflection of that in this season’s broadcasts.”

Plainview native coaches Twins
Scott Ullger, a Plainview JFK grad, is the third base coach for the Minnesota Twins. When manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected Thursday in a playoff game against the Yankees, Ullger filled in as manager. Ullger is the uncle of former Commack basketball standout Samantha Prahalis, who is a star at Ohio State University now.

Basketball coach Ed Petrie retires
According to Newsday, longtime legendary basketball coach Ed Petrie has announced his retirement from East Hampton’s program. He is the second all-time winningest coach in New York State history, amassing 754 wins in 50 years. He was also the head coach at Pierson and Bridgehampton midway through the 20th century.

His teams won 20 league titles, three county and two state championships.
“I’ve been thinking about it,” Petrie told Newsday, “and I felt it was the right time.”

Newsday reporter featured in Secretariat movie
“Secretariat, the Making of a Champion,” an adaptation of former Newsday sportswriter William Nack’s book, was released last week. Nack is played by Long Island native and Entourage star Kevin Connolly. Diane Lane plays the main character, which runs a horse farm she inherited from her dying father.

“It made her and her husband estranged; she had a very difficult time,” Nack told The Baltimore Sun, “but she managed to start a new life.”

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