March 24, 2018

New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team plays its home games at Barclays Center in the borough of Brooklyn. The Islanders are one of three NHL franchises in the New York metropolitan area, along with the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, and their fan base resides primarily on Long Island.

The team was founded in 1972 as part of the NHL’s maneuvers to keep a team from rival league World Hockey Association (WHA) out of the newly built Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in suburban Uniondale, New York. After two years of building up the team’s roster, they found almost instant success by securing fourteen straight playoff berths starting with their third season. The Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cup championships between 1980 and 1983, the seventh of eight dynasties recognized by the NHL in its history. Their 19 consecutive playoff series wins between 1980 and 1984 is a feat that remains unparalleled in the history of professional sports.

Following the team’s dynasty era, the franchise ran into problems with money, ownership and management, an aging arena, and low attendance. Their woes were reflected on the ice, as the team has not won a division title since 1987–88, and went 22 seasons without winning a playoff series prior to the 2016 playoffs. After years of failed attempts to rebuild or replace Nassau Coliseum in suburban Long Island, the Islanders relocated to the Barclays Center following the 2014–15 season.

Eight former members of the Islanders have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, seven of whom—Al Arbour, Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, Bill Torrey, and Bryan Trottier—were members of all four Cup-winning teams. Pat LaFontaine is the most recent inductee, having been honored in 2003.

New York Islanders

Arena/Stadium: Barclays Center
Location: New York City, New York, United States
Coach: Doug Weight
Stanley Cup wins: 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980
Owners: Jon Ledecky, Scott D. Malkin (primary), Charles Wang (minority)

New York Islanders Hockey Roster

# Pos. Age W H
Sebastian Aho 28 Defenseman 22 170 5’10”
Casey Bailey 37 Right Wing, 26 189 6’3″
Mathew Barzal 13 Center 20 189 6’0″
Anthony Beauvillier 72 Left Wing, 20 182 5’11”
Kieffer Bellows 20 Left Wing 19 196 6’0″
Kyle Burroughs 40 Defenseman 22 197 6’0″
Sebastian Collberg 49 Right Wing 24 196 5’11”
Patrick Cullity 88 Defenseman 31 210 6’2″
Kevin Czuczman 0 Defenseman 27 205 6-3
Michael Dal Colle 71 Left Wing 21 204 6’3″
Arnaud Durandeau 21 Left Wing 19 175 5’11”
Scott Eansor 36 Center 22 185 5’9″
Matt Finn 54 Defenseman 24 199 6’0″
Tanner Fritz 56 Center 26 192 5’11”
Christopher Gibson 33 Goalie 25 205 6’1″
Joshua Ho-Sang 66 Right Wing 22 173 6’0″
Ben Holmstrom 26 Center 30 201 6’1″
Ross Johnston 52 Left Wing 24 235 6’5″
Connor Jones 48 Center 27 182 5’9″
Jeff Kubiak 63 Center 24 211 6’3″
Kane Lafranchise 43 Defenseman 29 197 6’1″
Loic Leduc 63 Defenseman 23 219 6’7″
Eamon McAdam 34 Goalie 23 199 6’3″
Adam Pelech 50 Defenseman 23 217 6’3″
Kirill Petrov 90 Right Wing 27 232 6’3″
Ryan Pulock 6 Defenseman 23 214 6’2″
David Quenneville 49 Defenseman 20 193 5’6″
Alan Quine 10 Center 25 203 6’0″
Kyle Schempp 61 Center 24 188 6’0″
Travis St. Denis 74 Right Wing 25 170 5’7″
John Stevens 45 Center 23 204 6’2″
Devon Toews 46 Defenseman 24 191 6’1″
Yannick Turcotte 59 Left Wing 21 196 6’0″
Justin Vaive 45 Left Wing 28 210 6’4″
Mitchell Vande Sompel 58 Defenseman 21 194 5’8″
Josh Winquist 37 Left Wing 24 172 5’11”
Parker Wotherspoon 57 Defenseman 20 189 6’0″