Month: July 2018

The Isles Faithful: Pilot Episode TIF0001

Show Notes:

Good evening. today is July 28th 2018 and welcome to the pilot episode of The Isles faithful Podcast!

I am your host, Michael Schuerlein – and you may know me best from my Twitter @islesblogger and my blog,

For those of you that may not know me, I have been blogging about the NHL and the New York Islanders since 2007. I was one of the founding members of the Islanders Blog Box and have experienced a fair share amount of stuff over the years.

I got into writing because of my love for automobiles believe it or not. I was a active member of a Ford Truck Enthusiast site, became a moderator and eventually a webmaster because I knew web design. The got purchased by a magazine, and I started writing because they asked me to cover the SEMA Show in Las Vegas my first year attending. What started as a 1000 word blurb, turned into the main feature of the magazine that month, and the rest was history. I wrote quite a bit for the magazine over the years before it ended sometime in 2009.

Fast forward a bit, I got involved with an automotive TV show that was a spin off of the magazine – which started as a Youtube Channel by my fiend Chris Duke. That little show is now shown across various media platforms across the world, has a large following across social media and is a real driving force behind why I still write. I was the social media manager for the show for two years too, before my wife and I had our daughter and had to take a step back.

Back to the Islanders and my blog – I have written for my own site, I was the featured columnist for The Bleacher Report for some time, I have collaborated with Lighthouse Hockey, Pucks on Broadway, Hockeybuzz, ESPN, Yahoo and even I’ve been on Islanders TV, Newsday, News 12 – and a variety of other places across the web. It’s been a fun ride.

I have always felt the drive to do MORE and The Isles Faithful is just that. My attempt to bring something completely different. When “he who shall not be named” penned his letter and spoke about the fans as The Isles Faithful – I knew I had a name.

I plan on brining you my hot takes (ha I’m only kidding…) I plan on bringing you my unique perspective – sprinkled in with opinion and stories from across the web in a way only I can provide. I’ll even have some special guests like I have over on my blog – which may or may not include current mainstream media, bloggers and past and present players. I know that’s a big reach – but I have big plans for this podcast.

I am aiming to stick around the 30 minute mark to start, but that is always subject to change.

This is The Isles Faithful Podcast, I’m Michael Schuerlein – thanks for listening!

Podcast Intro: Give a Listen

Hello Isles fans!

Been playing around with Garage Band and wanted to give a sneak peak at what the intro for the podcast sounds like so far. I posted recently that I paid a voice actor to lend voice to the intro to keep things professional sounding – I think it sounds good at this point. I have a few more ideas, but this is a starting point and obviously things could continue to evolve as we move along. I did submit a request to change my name pronunciation – as it was my fault I didn’t choose wisely phonetically….

I do have an awesome Isles chant/YES YES YES that @gwenisles sent me yesterday, but I’m not sure if it needs it or not. You be the judge, I have listened to about 20 different Podcast intros over the last week.

Give a listen below, let me know what you think!


I will most likely be recording episode one tonight, keep an eye out on Twitter, Instagram an our Facebook Page!

Welcome to The Isles Faithful Podcast!

Hello everyone and welcome to this new chapter that I am embarking on.

Welcome to The Isles Faithful Podcast!

For those that do not know me, my name is Michael Schuerlein. I have been blogging about the Islanders and the NHL since 2007 over on my blog – You can also find me most days, Tweeting away on my main Twitter handle – @islesblogger.

Over the last several years I haven’t been nearly as active as I have wanted, I got a little older, met a girl, got married and had some kids. Our life is hectic, we’re always traveling for baseball games (often multiple leagues) and I still play hockey for Blue Point Brewery as well.

During my prime blogging years, I attended three separate entry drafts, including 2009 in Montreal, yes – the year we drafted “you know who”. I also attended 2008 in Ottawa and 2010 in Los Angeles. I’ve been featured on several times, been on a bunch of podcasts, and was even the Featured Isles Columnist for The Bleacher Report for some time. It’s been a wild journey, and this is an extension of that journey.

Now, I know the “market” is saturated with Podcasts, and that’s fine. I don’t want to be just another voice echoing the same things you can find elsewhere. I want to maintain the level-headed approach that my writing presents, which is important to me. I am a fan at heart, after all – and despite being given the opportunities I have, I stay true to my roots. That said, my opinion isn’t strictly Islanders biased.

So what exactly is my plan here?

That’s a great question, actually. For now, I will likely get out a few episodes in the 30-40 minute range – with just me as your host. I hope to have a few special guests sprinkled in and eventually have a steady and/or a rotating cast of co-hosts. We’ll talk about current and future events, breaking stories and of course post game stuff as well. And why the name? What better way to let the world know how strong The Isles Faithful are, then by using the name the players dubbed the fanbase as themselves?

At some point this weekend, I will be uploading Episode One. I’m super excited – I hope you are too.

Please give us a follow on Twitter and Instagram and check out our Facebook Page, too. Content is light right now, but it will be gearing up soon!