For anyone that follows the New York Islanders, you've already heard that (ex) VP of Media Relations, Chris Botta resigned his post on May 5. This was a resignation that stunned everyone close to New York hockey.
For nine days, you could find reporters and fans alike all weighing in on this unfortunate turn of events bestowing accolades and best wishes for one of the truly "good guys" in the media.
While we of the NYI Blog Box all wrote our own entries regarding our mentor on our own blog sites, Ken Rosenblatt brought the news to the Bleacher Report in his article of May 6 entitled "Does the Beat Go On..."
For many years Chris Botta was tasked with delivering all the Islander statements to the press and making them plausible. Many times, that wasn't very easy. Trades, injuries, scandals and just bad judgment calls all had his name attached to them in print.
With 20 years of Islander experience, Chris has opened up his own blog to the public to answer the tough questions about the team or just hockey in general.
Botta is an exceptional writer, humorist and now historian, and this is a rare opportunity that's available for only a limited time. So check out www.nyipointblank.blogspot.com and ask away. But hurry! He's closing up shop come July 7.
For years no one was as open or honest with the media or the fans as this guy. He truly is one of the industry's best and there is a huge hole in the Islander heart without him there. Bigger and better things are in store for Chris Botta, and we all wish him the best.