The New York Islanders will be playing their final season at the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike, wrapping up 43 years of memories (both good and bad) and 4 Stanley Cup championships.
As part of that celebration, the organization, which has already had a VERY busy summer to say the least, already announced a special commemorative patch to be worn on the shoulders of all Islanders to dress this year in National Hockey League action.
Now, thanks to season ticket holder Craig Dixon (@CraigJDixon), Islanders Insight has learned of more celebrations planned to honor the tradition of the franchise at the Coliseum.
Three classic Islanders, who all played very instrumental roles in building those championships, both on and off the ice, will be honored individually with fans purchasing a special ticket package taking home a very special keepsake of the evening’s festivities.
On November 22 versus the Pittsburgh Penguins, Billy Smith will be the first to be celebrated. Smith, who played all but 5 games of his illustrious career with the blue and orange, had 305 wins and a career 88-36 playoff record, going down as one of the best ‘money’ goaltenders of all-time.
On December 6 versus the Blues, Bob Nystrom will walk the carpet to receive his accolades. Not much more to say regarding Nystrom other than only scoring the most important goal in franchise history. Playing his entire career with New York, the Islanders 23 scored 513 points in 900 career games.
Lastly (for now, at least) on December 13 versus Chicago, Clark Gillies gets his turn. ‘Jethro’, maybe more famous for his seemingly never-ending battles with Boston antagonistic Terry O’Reilly, had plenty to offer besides his fists. 697 points in 958 career games proves that point, including a career high 38 markers in 1981-82.
These announcements were just made the first half of the season, to coincide with the ticket information released last week. I would expect more player ceremonies to be announced at a later date.
Fans who purchase “Tradition on Ice” Ticket Packages will get a mini locker of player honored. Season ticket holders get at later date.
The Islanders made tremendous improvements across the board this off-season as management, players and coaches all look to make this final season in Nassau truly something special and to be remembered.