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Meet Sean Croft and Chris Hessel

Sean Croft began attending Islander games in 1989.  It was love at first sight.

"I'll never forget my first game at the Coliseum. I was sitting in the 100's with my father and uncle, on the blueline closest to the net where the Islanders shoot twice. I saw a fight and someone break the Plexiglas with a slapshot that went wide of the net. I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen."

A lifetime love for sports in general brought Sean into a basement radio station in Huntington, during the Fall of 2004. It was here that a love for radio would be born.

"To be honest, I didn't think much of it at the time. The original plan was for me to read sports updates during a political debate show, which is what I started doing. Sooner rather than later, I found myself hosting my own show, and as the weeks went on, we got bigger and bigger."

The station was short lived unfortunately, but the ground work had been laid.

"The next big step for me was Saint Leo University in Florida. I began doing play-by-play for Men and Women's Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. It was really quite a thrill. It was my first real look into how to handle a game in the moment, rather than talking about it after the fact."

Sean returned to the Island in May of 2006. One year later, WCWP would come calling.

"Well, I had been off of the air for a while. I had actually been working in other aspects of radio, which was a lot of fun really. Rather than being an on-air talent, I was working with the talents. I got an excellent look into promotions and productions, and how to run a real deal radio station effectively. It was a series of excellent experiences. The best of which had to be WCWP. It gave me the opportunity to get back behind the mic and do my thing."

Sean came into his own at WCWP, and became a better radio persona. Not only was he doing the sports reports, but he also became a classic rock DJ. But there was still something that he had longed to do, and he knew this was the time to make his move.

"I approached Dan Cox, Station Manager at WCWP, with a new idea I had. I wanted to host a show based on the New York Islanders. To me, they didn't have enough media attention on them. I wanted to create something where fans could go to talk, and sometimes vent. It has a real fan aspect to the show, which is why I think it is so special. I think that's also why people were hooked on it so quickly. I'm very happy with where the show has gone, and where it will go from here. All I can say is hold on tight and enjoy the ride, because we only go up from here!"

Favorite Islander of The Past- Pierre Turgeon
Favorite Current Islander- John Tavares and Kyle Okposo (too close to call)
Favorite Moment at the Coliseum- Al Arbour's 1,500th game coach, 740th game won.
Favorite Jersey- Royal Blue Throwback
In Favor of The Lighthouse?- Of Course!

Favorite Band(s)- Queen, Van Halen, KISS, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin
Favorite Book- Birth of A Dynasty (1980 New York Islanders)
Favorite Movie- Miracle
Favorite Hobby- Aside from hockey and radio, playing Golf.

Email Sean at NYIFYI@gmail.com

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Chris started watching hockey back in the late 1990’s but it wasn’t until 2000 when he went to his first Islander game, a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.  “I remember the coliseum being practically empty.  Me, my brother and my dad were all able to move down to the 100 section and I remember seeing a few fights, one with Dave Scatchard and the other with Zdeno Chara.”

That is basically what started the transition from a new fan to a die hard for Chris.  “I got an NHL video game shortly after going to that game where I started to learn about some of the players and I used to keep up with trades.  I remember updating the Islanders with guys like Chris Osgood, Alexei Yashin, Mike Peca and Adrian Aucoin.  At that point I realized that the Islanders were adding many great players. 

The 2001-2002 season saw the Islanders have a re-birth, and Chris like many fans got excited about it.  “That season basically sealed my die hard status.  It was a lot of fun for me to follow along. 

Ever since then, Chris has been eating, sleeping and breathing New York Islanders hockey.  As much of a fan Chris was, he never expected to be talking Islanders hockey on the radio. 

In July of 2007, Sean Croft came up with the concept for a new Islanders radio show.  Once he needed a co-host, he gave Chris a call.  “When I got that call from Sean, there was no question that I would do it.  I’m very grateful to have been given this opportunity. 

Chris graduated from SUNY Stony Brook in 2009 with a Degree in Business and Economics.  While he does the radio show for fun, could it possibly open another career path he never thought of before?  “Well, it’s something that I can definitely consider but it’s a hobby…for now.  It’s good for me though to get all of this experience in different things.  Right now, I enjoy being the co-host on NYIFYI and after all the great things we’ve done so far, I can’t wait to see where this goes.” 

Chris’s favorite things: 

Islander of the Past: Adrian Aucoin

Current Islander: John Tavares

Favorite Moment at the Coliseum: Al Arbour coaching #1500 and getting win #740

Favorite Bands: No particular bands, but I like a wide variety of music- from jazz to some pop music.

Favorite Movie: Close call between Miracle, My Cousin Vinny and the Wedding Crashers

Hobbies: Playing my Xbox 360, playing all kinds of sports, and talking Islanders hockey on the radio 

E-mail Chris Hessel at: NYIFYI@gmail.com

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