Butch Goring was named the full-time television analyst for the New York Islanders on MSG Plus in 2010. Goring joined MSG Networks in 2007 and has since served as a hockey analyst on the popular weekly hockey roundup show “HOCKEY NIGHT LIVE” and various Islanders telecasts.
Goring enjoyed a successful 16-year career as a player in the NHL. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1969 and spent his first two seasons between the Kings and their AHL farm team. In 1971-72, Goring became a full-time NHL player and spent the next nine seasons with the Kings. He became well known for his skilled faceoff, defensive, and penalty killing work, scoring 30 or more goals in a season four times. In 1978, Goring was awarded both the Bill Masterton Trophy and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
In 1980, Goring was traded to the Islanders and was an integral part of the team’s unprecedented four consecutive Stanley Cup wins. He was presented with the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1981 for scoring 10 goals and recording 10 assists during the playoffs. Goring played his final NHL season in 1985 with the Boston Bruins and then became the Bruins coach the following season. Goring left the Bruins in 1987 and played briefly for the Nova Scotia Oilers of the AHL before retiring from professional hockey.
Goring served a second stint as an NHL head coach with the New York Islanders in the 1999–00 season and for part of the following season. He also served as the head coach for several minor league teams, including the Capital District Islanders, Las Vegas Thunder, Denver Grizzlies, Utah Grizzlies, and Anchorage Aces, where he won two championships. In 2002 he took over the Krefeld Penguins of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and led them to their first championship since 1952. From 2004 to 2005 he was the coach of the DEG Metro Stars hockey team in Germany.
Goring was raised in Winnepeg, Canada and currently resides on the Upper West Side.