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.
All of the above is from the About page on Eyes on Isles. He recently wrote about why he loves the game of hockey. It’s a very interesting read, because he offers a much different way of enjoying the game. It’s a long post, so grab a six pack, sit back, and enjoy the read: From the Blind Perspective, the Five Reasons Why I Love the Game of Hockey.