Tuesday was a sad day for the NHL hockey world, as long time player, coach and broadcaster Barry Melrose, who has strong ties to the Capital Region, announced he was retiring from the broadcast booth, as a result of complications from Parkinson's Disease.
He changed a franchise. He changed a community. The New York Islanders were building a great franchise but when Mike Bossy came along, something clicked. The Islanders had a goal scoring machine. Two years later, #22 was hoisting the Stanley Cup, the first of four straight for the Long Island NHL franchise.