From our colleagues over at Eyes on Isles:
“John Panarese is a blind Islander and hockey fan who has followed the
game for over 30 years. From the days of having been slipped dollar
bills to change the television station to channel 11 by his uncle to
turn on the Islander game, he has been a bleed blue and orange Isles
fan suffering through all the rebuilding and stretches and rejoicing
with every success of the team. Besides having followed the team via
the radio broadcasts through the “glory years” with Barry Landers and
Jean Potvin calling the games, he was part owner of season tickets
over a dozen year span and has been a member of the New York Islanders
Booster Club for four years.
John, who lives in Hauppauge in Suffolk County, has lived on the
island his entire life. He runs a home business reselling adaptive
hardware and software for blind and low vision computer users, as well
as being an authorized Apple Affiliate business.
Besides the Islanders, he is a big Mets fan, and follows the Giants
and Long Island Ducks. He also is a bit of a hockey geek, subscribing
to both XM Satellite Radio and the NHL Center Ice package because he
doesn’t have much of a life. As for what “qualifies him to write
here, well some might say he’s simply an opinionated big-mouth. He
likes to think of himself as … well .. an opinionated big-mouth.”
John recently wrote an excellent piece, From the Blind Perspective, 5 Reasons I Love Hockey, and it’s well worth the read. Just goes to show you how great this game is and the dedicated fans it produces. Best of luck to John in all his endeavors.