Howie Rose is the unquestioned voice of the Islanders, and he used that voice on Wednesday to express his disgust over the franchise relocating to Brooklyn following the 2014-15 season.
Beautiful arena, decent commute. Now the bad news: Barclays Center holds 15,795 fans for hockey, and not all of those seats offer an ideal view of the ice.
When the Islanders’ 43-year history at Nassau Coliseum ends after this coming season, one moment will always stand alone as the best. It’s really not debatable.
For many fans of the New York Islanders, Nassau Coliseum was a second home, or even hallowed ground. This is the team’s final season on Long Island, and it’s going to be a very emotional year for a lot of people.
The final season at Nassau Coliseum is no longer this thing that’s happening in a few years, like it was in 2011. It is here and we are about experience it. It will be an emotional farewell for a lot of people.
“Disbelief,” McDonald told CBS New York’s Peter Schwartz about the move to Brooklyn. “My reaction basically centered around the fan base and the folks that have been so loyal.”
It’s almost astounding how quickly the tides turned; how fast chants of “We Want Playoffs!” were replaced with “Fire Cappy!” and “Sell Wang Sell!” and how suddenly everything went wrong.
NYPD personnel who played in a charity hockey game with FDNY members, and got into fisticuffs, will not be subjected to disciplinary action.
Moral of the story? Boys will be boys, even if they are playing for a good cause.
Skepticism generally dominates the landscape when it comes to the Islanders. But, if the latest report is true, it has to be viewed as a positive by fans and a potential new owner.
The New York Islanders could have a new owner to go with their new home in Brooklyn. Charles Wang confirmed Friday that he is open to selling his majority share of the team.
The popular fan website http://www.islesnation.net is organizing a protest of Islanders owner Charles Wang and general manager Garth Snow during the team’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres at Nassau Coliseum.
Paul Cartier’s worlds are about to collide. He is the organist for both the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum and the Yankees, so it’s only fitting that he will play the organ on Wednesday night when the Islanders host the Rangers.
There will be no escape from Nassau County after this season. The Islanders will reportedly play next season, the final season of their lease, in the place they have called home since 1972.
The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. On their website, the Islanders urged fans to allow extra time for travel and promised “parking lots will be plowed and ready for your arrival.”