New York Islanders (Yes! Yes! Yes!)

ClutterbuckGreat playoff run by the NY Islanders (Orange and Blue). It’s tough being far from Bridgeport / Nassau (and soon Belmont Park).

IF you watch a documentary on the history of the New York Islanders you realize very quickly it’s the story of so many (so many) Americans. It’s a real rags to riches (four consecutive Stanley Cups) to rags (John Spano) to riches (Lou Lamoriello/Barry Trotz/UBS Arena) story.

I’ve just highlighted some of the highs and lows but should add a note about three other watershed events in this history of the franchise- the introduction of the Downeaster Alexa / Gordon Fisherman logo, leaving the barn for Brooklyn, and John Tavares backstabbing the Orange and Blue.

(1) Islanders News: A painful end to an amazing season (Lighthouse Hockey)

(2) We Are All Islanders (AHL)

(3) The New York Islanders and Nassau Coliseum (YouTube)

The indomitable spirit of authentic New Yorkers:

(5) Islanders Fans Sing the National Anthem Before Game (YouTube)

(6) New York State of Mind (YouTube)

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Belmont Arena Rendering(1) Belmont Arena Renderings (NHL)

(1a) Statement from NYRA President & CEO Chris Kay regarding Belmont Park and the New York Islanders (NYRA)

(2) Belmont Park from the Limestone Photo Archives (Flickr)

(2a) My reaction after the press conference (YouTube)

(3) TWA Hotel

(4) Queens Museum (Adopt A Building)

See what I did there with the 1 and 1a (Come on horse racing fans!)?