The new team was widely expected to take the Long Island Ducks name used by an Eastern Hockey League franchise; the more geographically expansive “New York Islanders” came largely as a surprise. The fledgling Islanders, who were soon nicknamed the “Isles” by the local newspapers, had an extra burden to pay in the form of a $4 million territorial fee ...
The 1980 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the New York Islanders in their first-ever Finals appearance and the Philadelphia Flyers, in their fourth Finals appearance, first since 1976. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series four games to two, to win their first Stanley Cup and the third for a post-1967 expansion team after Philadelphia’s Cup wins in 1974 ...
The 1981 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the Minnesota North Stars making their first Finals appearance and the defending champion New York Islanders, in their second-ever Finals appearance. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series four games to one, to win their second Stanley Cup. This would be the last all-American finals until 1991 when the North Stars faced ...
The 1982 Stanley Cup Finals was played between the Vancouver Canucks in their first Finals appearance and the defending champion New York Islanders, in their third Finals appearance. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series four games to none, to win their third straight and third overall Stanley Cup. This is also the most recent time that a Stanley Cup ...
The 1983 Stanley Cup Finals NHL championship series was contested by the Edmonton Oilers in their first-ever Final series appearance and the defending champion New York Islanders, in their fourth, and fourth consecutive, Finals appearance. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series four games to none, to win their fourth-straight and fourth-overall Stanley Cup. It was also the fourth straight ...
Charles Wang is the majority owner of the New York Islanders hockey franchise, of which he had become a part-owner in 2000. He later bought out the share of business partner Sanjay Kumar in 2004. Wang’s sometimes unorthodox decisions as the owner have received a mixture of praise and criticism.
Barclays Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Brooklyn, New York. It sits partly on a platform over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority-owned Vanderbilt Yards rail yard at Atlantic Avenue. It is part of a $4.9 billion sports arena, and future business and residential complex known as the Atlantic Yards. Beginning in 2015, it will also be the home of the ...
History of the Islanders
The New York Islanders are among the most iconic National Hockey League (NHL) teams. The team was founded in 1972 as part of an expansion plan, and they have since become a fan favorite. As members of the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division, they won four Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983.
The Islanders have had legendary players, including Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, and Denis Potvin. These three Hall-of-Famers helped lead them to those four consecutive championships during what is now known as “The Dynasty Years” for this franchise. During that period, they also set records for most wins by a team with 118 victories over two seasons (1981–1982) which still stands today!
However, things haven't been so successful in recent years, with just one playoff appearance since 2007. Still, despite this lack of success, there remains plenty to be excited about when it comes to watching these resilient Isles play hockey each night at Nassau Coliseum or Barclays Center! With talented young stars like Mathew Barzal leading them into battle every game day, fans can always expect exciting action from start to finish no matter who's playing against them - ensuring that Islander pride never dies out, even through tough times ahead!
1972 – Present / National Hockey League
1972 – Present / New York Islanders
Islanders – The New York Islanders are among the most iconic National Hockey League (NHL) teams for many sports fans. But do you know where their nickname came from? It’s an exciting story that goes back to 1972 when a group of Long Island businessmen was awarded an NHL franchise.
The original owners wanted to honor Long Island's history and connection with maritime activities by selecting a team name related to nautical themes. After much deliberation, they decided on “Islanders” as it was seen as being representative of both local culture and geography. The logo was also designed around this theme, featuring three blue stripes, symbolizing water surrounding two orange lines for land – representing Long Island itself!
Today, almost 50 years later, New York Islanders proudly represent their hometown on the ice each season with their distinctive nickname and logo. Whether you're watching them play at Nassau Coliseum or Barclays Center in Brooklyn, show your support for this storied franchise by cheering, "Let's Go, Islanders!"
Stanley Cup 4
1983, 1982, 1981, 1980
2021 - UBS Arena
2015 – Present / Barclays Center
1972 – 2015 / Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
2014 - Present / Jon Ledecky and Scott D. Malkin
2006 – 2013 / Charles Wang
2000 – 2006 / Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar
1997 – 2000 / Howard Milstein and Steven Gluckstern
1997 / John Spano
1978 – 1997 / John Pickett
1972 – 1978 / Roy Boe
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
5 / Denis Potvin
9 / Clark Gillies
19 / Bryan Trottier
22 / Mike Bossy
23 / Bob Nystrom
27 / John Tonelli
31 / Billy Smith
91 / Butch Goring
99 / Wayne Gretzky
*Blue is this team’s history