Islander Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/02/2008 03:13:00 PM | | | |
Los Angeles Times: Helene Elliott who has had a few blog updates on Jiggs McDonald going back to Saturday has the following from his daughter this afternoon:

Jiggs McDonald saga near a happy ending
12:15 PM, December 2, 2008

Jiggs McDonald, the Hall of Fame hockey broadcaster who was stuck in Thailand at the end of a vacation trip when political protesters closed the country's airports, is on his way home.

McDonald's daughter, Susan DeSimone, said in an e-mail that her father and her mother, Marilyn, made it out of Thailand and on to Hong Kong. They're scheduled to fly from there to Toronto on Wednesday.

McDonald, 70, was the original voice of the expansion Kings and later called games for the Atlanta Flames, New York Islanders and Florida Panthers.

DeSimone, who lives in Minnesota, thanked the many well-wishers who contacted her after hearing of the adventure that unexpectedly added a week to her parents' trip.

"I just wanted to say -– again -– a huge thank you for all that you have done to draw attention to and cover this story," she said in an e-mail sent to several reporters. "Particularly to those of you who helped us put all of this in motion last Friday -– I’m sure you’ll hear some personal thank you’s from Jiggs when he gets back."
Newsday: Marcus Henry has comments from Islander goaltender Rick DiPietro.

The writer reported on Monday DiPietro skated the last two days and said he felt good and is looking forward to getting back but has to prove to team doctors that he is a hundred percent.

There is no timetable for a return. Cassie Campbell reports the Canadian Junior team will be announced on Wednesday and not expected to include Josh Bailey even if he is named to the squad tomorrow.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Given general manager Garth Snow's recent comments Bailey will not be participating in the WJC for Canada but he should be selected for the squad regardless.

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