The New York Islanders have had many a legend play for their hockey club during their hey day of the early 1980s, when they went on to win 4 straight Stanley Cup championships and make 5 consecutive trips to the final.
Of those who donned the orange and blue, Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Clark Gillies, Billy Smith and Bob Nystrom have had their numbers lifted to the rafters, retiring them from use on the current squad.
So where is John Tonelli in all of this? Conspicuously absent is where.
That is not good enough for long time passionate Islanders fan Thomas Henderson, who wrote an excellently worded article on the Islanders former star and is starting a petition to get the number 27 to join the ranks high above the Coliseum ice and in the future, Barclays Center.
In August, we usually struggle to find relevant links and information to keep fans interested as we await the beginning of training camp, still six weeks away.
But this was truly an outstanding find. Give it a read and sign the petition. The voice in professional sports of the fan sometimes can be louder than you think.