Monday, May 16, 2016

My Q&A with Greg Picker

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. 

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