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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Isles Tradition, Legends, New Tigers & MSG Host

Your New York Islanders released the full preview of their commemorative patch paying tribute to their time at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the upcoming season.  The design is done in the style of vintage Stanley cup patches and features a likeness of the Coliseum and the Isles 4 straight Stanley Cups.  It also denotes their tenure at the old barn, from 1972 thru 2015 and the slogan, “Tradition on Ice.”  The logo will be featured on jerseys, game pucks, patches, T-Shirts and the like.


Scheduled for the final season at the storied NVMC, the Islanders will feature some tribute games in the months of November & December.  The games will not only commemorate their Dynasty team, but some of the greats that helped the Islanders win 19 consecutive playoff series and the legacy of four straight Stanley Cups. The first Islanders to be honored this season are Billy Smith, Bobby Nystrom & Clark GIllies.  As a "Big Money Goalie," Smith backstopped the Isles to multiple championships in his aggressive, game changing style.  And as an intense competitor, Smith made opposing players think twice about taking liberties around his net and is well known his use of the goalie stick.  Nystrom was a dangerous playmaker who could hold his own against just about anyone.  Oh, and he could score too.  He is most famous for his 1980 cup clinching O.T. goal against the Flyers, a goal that helped him attain the title of “Mr. Islander,” and brought the first championship to the fledgling team on Long Island. The contributions of Clark Gillies can be summed up on the score sheet and certainly on the ice as a feared enforcer.  His toughness and all around skill is a template for the modern day NHL player.  As is common with most of these special tribute nights, the Islanders organization should offer give-aways to commemorate the occasion.

On the farm, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced six two-way deals.  Forwards Peter Sivak, Michael Pereira & Adam Phillips will be added to the BST forward corp. Defensemen Mark Nemec & Keith Seabrook will bolster their blue line. Goaltender Philippe Trudeau returns to the Sound Tigers for added depth and to increase the competition for the nets in Bridgeport.  The new blood should help spark the AHL line up in Connecticut for returning Head Coach, Brent Thompson.

Detroit Tigers & Red Wings host-reporter, Shannon Hogan has been officially named to the MSG Islanders broadcast replacing Peter Ruttgaizer who has worked with the team since 2011.  Hogan said, “It will be fantastic working with a franchise rich in tradition and a young team on the rise.”

Isles Notes:

Exclusive Season Ticket Holder presale started on August 25; General Public Sale Begins September 2.  

Per New York Islanders, “We're less than one month away until the Isles host the Devils at @BarclaysCenter! Get your tickets now.”

Come meet your favorite Islanders on Oct. 5 with proceeds benefiting the Islanders Children's Foundation.

Per @jimbaumbach, “Barroway's lawsuit against Charles Wang has been assigned to Manhattan Supreme Court judge Saliann Scarpulla.”

Sound Tigers Notes:

Sound Tigers release their 2014-15 schedule.

NHL Notes:

Per Hockey Rumors & Trades, "It is being reported that 4 expansion teams will be added to the NHL by 2017. The locations of these teams are rumored to be Las Vegas , Seattle, Toronto & Quebec City increasing the number of NHL teams to 34 and the number of Canadian teams to nine. This could raise $1.4 billion in expansion fees."

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