No, no no: Isles Play-by-Play man Howie Rose Quits Team After 21 Years

After 21 years, Howie Rose is leaving the New York Islanders.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever been more conflicted about a decision I’ve had to make in my life,” the 62-year-old Rose told Newsday. “But I’m confident I made really the only one I could make at this point in time in my career and life. Strictly, it’s the idea that I could have an off-season like most people who do what I do for a living ... At the end of the day it’s something that I do with, as I say, the epitome of mixed emotions.”

It was November of 2010 that a hot mic caught a foreshadowing of the retirement.

“The New York Islanders congratulate Howie Rose on a memorable 21-year career as the team’s TV play-by-play announcer on MSG Networks,” the team said in a statement. “His voice has become synonymous with big Islanders moments, which culminated in his final game call of John Tavares’ overtime, series clinching goal at Barclays Center in Game 6 of the team’s first round Stanley Cup series against the Florida Panthers. We wish Howie and his family nothing but the best moving forward.”

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