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Sunday, May 23, 2010

30th anniversary May 24, 1980!

In 2006, I had the honor of writing the script for Jiggs' introduction of the 1980 Cup Winners.  The script he read was slightly different due to editing by the Isles...but here's a look back at the champs as I originally drafted it.



HE WAS THE FIRST EMPLOYEE OF THE ISLANDERS AND WAS WITH THE FRANCHISE FOR TWO DECADES, LEADING THE TEAM FROM A 12-60-6 RECORD IN THEIR FIRST SEASON TO A RUN OF CHAMPIONSHIPS THAT HAS GONE UNEQUALLED IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS IN THE LAST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS.

 

RIGHTLY KNOWN AS THE ARCHITECT, HE DRAFTED SIXTEEN OF THE PLAYERS THAT WE WILL HONOR TONIGHT.

 

HE IS A MEMBER OF THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME AND HIS FAMED BOW – TIE WAS RETIRED BY THE ISLANDERS IN TWO-THOUSAND-ONE.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: BILL TORREY


BILL TORREY NEEDED TWO COACHES TO GET THROUGH THAT FIRST SEASON… HE NEEDED ONLY ONE TO GET THROUGH THE NEXT FOURTEEN.

 

A FOUR-TIME STANLEY CUP WINNER AS A PLAYER, HE WAS THE FIRST COACH TO LEAD A U-S- BASED TEAM TO FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS…

 

WHEN HE RETIRED FOR THE FIRST TIME, IN NINETEEN EIGHTY-SIX, HE HAD COACHED MORE PLAYOFF GAMES THAN ANYONE IN

N-H-L HISTORY.

 

HE MAY BEST REMEMBERED FOR HIS GOALIE SWITCH IN THE NINETEEN EIGHTY-TWO PLAYOFFS WHICH BOUGHT REST FOR HIS TIRED PLAYERS…AND EVENTUALLY TWO ADDITIONAL STANLEY CUPS.

 

HE WON SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTY NINE REGULAR SEASON GAMES FOR THE ISLES AND ONE HUNDRED NINETEEN MORE IN THE PLAYOFFS.

 

A HOCKEY HALL OF FAMER -- HIS VICTORY TOTAL FLIES HIGH HERE…  AL ARBOUR.
WHILE HIS ROLE AS DIRECTOR OF SCOUTING LED HIM TO FIND MANY ISLANDER STARS, HE ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT THE ISLANDERS HIRE AL ARBOUR AS COACH.

 

MUCH LIKE BILL TORREY WAS THE ISLANDERS' FIRST HIRE, HE WAS THE FIRST PERSON HIRED BY THE ILITCH FAMILY AFTER THEY BOUGHT THE RED WINGS.

 

HE HOLDS THREE STANLEY CUP RINGS FROM THE ISLANDERS, THREE MORE FROM THE RED WINGS, AND SIX MORE FROM VARIOUS MINOR LEAGUE TEAMS.

 

PLEASE WELCOME JIM DEVELLANO.

 

 

[NOTE THAT DEVELLANO WAS NOT LISTED AS THE ISLES ASST GM IN MEDIA GUIDES FROM THAT ERA – HE WAS THE HEAD OF SCOUTING AND GM OF THE INDIANAPOLIS CHECKERS]
ACQUIRED IN A TRADE LATE IN THE ISLANDERS' FIRST SEASON, HE PLAYED FOUR SEASONS WITH THE ISLANDERS, PROVIDING VETERAN LEADERSHIP FOR THE TEAMS THAT BUILT THE SEEDS FOR THE DYNASTY.

 

IN NINETEEN SEVENTY-FOUR, HE AND ED WESTFALL COMBINED FOR THE FIRST DOUBLE HAT TRICK GAME IN ISLANDER HISTORY.

 

AFTER LEADING ISLANDER MINOR-LEAGUERS TO A CHAMPIONSHIP, HE STEPPED BEHIND THE ISLANDER BENCH AS AN ASSISTANT COACH FOR THE SEVENTY-NINE…. EIGHTY CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON.

 

HE LATER SERVED AS AN N-H-L COACH AND GENERAL MANAGER IN COLORADO AND NEW JERSEY.

 

BILLY MAC MILLAN.


HE SPENT TEN SEASONS ON LONG ISLAND AND SERVED AS THE ISLANDERS' HEAD TRAINER DURING THE STANLEY CUP YEARS.

 

THIS JUNE, HE WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE PRO HOCKEY TRAINERS HALL OF FAME ALONG WTH ISLANDER EQUIPMENT MANAGER JIM PICKARD.

 

HE'S BEEN OFF LONG ISLAND SINCE NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR BUT WE'RE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME HIM BACK TONIGHT… RON WASKE.

 


ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PLAYERS TO EVER WEAR AN ISLANDER UNIFORM…HIS HEROICS FOR THE "NEVER SAY DIELANDERS" OF 1975 BEGAN THE PLAYOFF LEGACY THAT WE HONOR TONIGHT.

 

FOR SEVEN SEASONS, HE WAS HALF OF ONE OF THE BEST GOALTENDING TANDEMS OF HIS TIME.

 

HE STILL HOLDS ISLANDER CLUB RECORDS FOR THE LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAK, THE MOST SHUTOUTS IN A SEASON, AND THE LOWEST CAREER GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE.

 

NUMBER ONE – GLENN…CHICO…RESCH!

 


HE WAS THE FIRST PLAYER EVER TO BE REACQUIRED BY THE ISLANDERS AND PLAYED FOR BOTH THE 1972-73 AND 1979-80 TEAMS.

 

HE IS ONE OF ONLY TWO ISLANDER DEFENSEMEN TO EVER RECORD 70 POINTS IN A SEASON, TALLYING 72 IN THE 1975-76 CAMPAIGN.

 

HE WAS DOING THE RADIO BROADCAST WHEN THE ISLANDERS WON THAT FIRST CUP… AND STAYED THERE FOR THE BETTER PART OF THE NEXT DECADE…

 

NUMBER 3….JEAN POTVIN.

 

 


A DEPENDABLE DEFENSEMAN, HE HOLDS TWO ISLANDER STANLEY CUP RINGS.

 

ON MARCH 11TH, HE SCORED THE WINNING GOAL VS. COLORADO -- A WIN THAT BEGAN THE CLUB'S SEASON-ENDING TWELVE-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK.

 

HE WAS CREDITED WITH THE SERIES-WINNING GOAL AGAINST THE BUFFALO SABRES IN 1980 – A WIN THAT PROPELLED THE ISLANDERS INTO THE FINALS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR HISTORY.

 

ALL IN ALL…NOT BAD FOR THE ISLANDERS' FINAL DRAFT CHOICE IN 1973

 

NUMBER FOUR – BOB LORIMER.

 

 


PERHAPS THE ONLY ISLANDER TO EVER BE HONORED WITH A STANDING OVATION IN PHILADELPHIA… IN THREE MONTHS HE WENT FROM OLYMPIC GOLD TO STANLEY CUP SILVER.

 

NO DEFENSEMEN IN NHL HISTORY HAS SCORED MORE PLAYOFF OVERTIME GOALS ...HE HAD THREE… INCLUDING A WINNER IN GAME 3 AGAINST THE KINGS IN 1980...AND A SERIES CLINCHER AGAINST THE RANGERS IN 1984.

 

FEW WILL FORGET THE EFFORT HE WENT THROUGH TO PUT HIS KNEE BACK TOGETHER IN TIME FOR THE NINETEEN EIGHTY-THREE FINALS.

 

A FOUR-TIME STANLEY CUP CHAMPION…HE IS STILL A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY AS THE ISLANDERS' DIRECTOR OF PRO SCOUTING …. NUMBER SIX… KEN MORROW.

 


ONE OF THE FIRST ISLANDERS TO BE RAISED IN SWEDEN… AND THE ONLY FOURTEENTH ROUND SELECTION IN ISLANDER DRAFT HISTORY, HE PLAYED HIS ENTIRE N-H-L CAREER FOR THE ISLANDERS.

 

HE IS SIXTH ON THE ISLANDERS ALL-TIME PLAYOFF ASSIST LIST AND SCORED SIX OF HIS SEVEN PLAYOFF GOALS WHILE ON THE POWER PLAY.

 

HIS POWER PLAY GOAL TIED GAME 1 OF THE 1980 FINALS IN THE FINAL MINUTES…AND WAS ONE OF SEVEN POINTS HE RECORDED IN THAT SERIES.

 

 

 

NUMBER SEVEN –STEFAN PERSSON.

 


IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS, HE SCORED THE SERIES-WINNING GOAL AGAINST THE KINGS. 

 

IN THE SECOND ROUND AGAINST BOSTON, HE SCORED A GOAL IN THE FINAL MINUTES TO SEND THE FIRST GAME INTO OVERTIME AND WAS PART OF THE HISTORIC BRAWL WITH THE BRUINS IN THE SECOND GAME. 

 

A HIT…A FIGHT…A CLUTCH GOAL NOW AND AGAIN…AND OH YES… PROVING THAT THE APPLE DOESN'T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE, HIS SON CODY FOUND SADDAM HIDING IN A BUNKER TOO… HOPEFULLY HE WAS GENTLER WITH HIM THAN DAD WAS WITH STAN JONATHAN OR TERRY O'REILLY.

 

THE TOY TIGER…NUMBER EIGHT…GARRY HOWATT.

 


HE WAS THE SECOND CAPTAIN IN ISLANDER HISTORY…AND THE FIFTH PLAYER TO HAVE HIS UNIFORM NUMBER RETIRED.

 

HE SCORED THE OVERTIME GOAL TO WIN GAME ONE AGAINST BOSTON…AND SCORED THE SERIES-WINNER AGAINST THE B'S IN GAME FIVE.

 

A FORCE…ON AND OFF THE ICE…HE RANKS FOURTH IN ISLANDER HISTORY IN GOALS, ASSISTS, AND POINTS.

 

CONSIDERED ONE OF THE GREATEST FIGHTERS IN N-H-L HISTORY, HIS RECORD INCLUDED A LEGENDARY BEATING OF FLYER TOUGH GUY DAVE SCHULTZ IN NINETEEN SEVENTY-FIVE.

 

ONE OF SIX ISLANDER FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS THAT WE HONOR TONIGHT, HIS NUMBER WAS RAISED TO THE COLISEUM RAFTER IN NINETEEN NINETY-SIX AND HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME IN TWO-THOUSAND-TWO.

 

NUMBER NINE – CLARK GILLIES.

 


HE WAS THE FIRST MAN TO BOTH PLAY FOR AND COACH THE ISLANDERS – FOR MANY YEARS HE TEAMED WITH MY OLD BROADCAST PARTNER ED WESTFALL IN FORMING ONE OF THE BEST PAIR OF PENALTY KILLERS IN THE N-H-L.

 

AN ORIGINAL NEW YORK ISLANDER, HE SCORED THREE SHORTHANDED GOALS IN 1980 TO GAIN A SHARE OF THE NHL RECORD, WHICH STILL STANDS TODAY…HIS FIVE CAREER PLAYOFF SHORTHANDED GOALS STILL SHARE THE ISLANDER CLUB RECORD.

 

AT FIVE-FORTY PM ON MAY 24TH, HAVING REPLACED AN INJURED WAYNE MERRICK, HE STARTED THE PLAY AND EARNED AN ASSIST ON THE CUP – WINNING GOAL.

 

NUMBER TEN … LORNE HENNING.

 


ANOTHER FOUR-TIME STANLEY CUP CHAMPION, HE SCORED THE WINNING GOAL IN THE VERY FIRST GAME OF THE NINETEEN-EIGHTY PLAYOFF RUN.

 

A MEMBER OF THE ISLANDERS' BANANA LINE, HE PLAYED PART OF SEVEN SEASONS WITH THE ISLANDERS, RECORDING EIGHTEEN POINTS IN AS MANY GAMES IN THE EIGHTY-ONE PLAYOFFS AND AN OVERTIME WINNER AGAINST QUEBEC IN NINETEEN EIGHTY-TWO.

 

HE IS ALSO CREDITED WITH THE CUP-WINNING GOAL IN NINETEEN EIGHTY-ONE.

 

 

NUMBER ELEVEN – WAYNE MERRICK.


THE ISLANDERS WERE STRUGGLING EARLY IN THE 1979-80 SEASON, SO ON NOVEMBER 30TH THE ISLANDERS BROUGHT THIS PLAYER UP FROM JUNIOR HOCKEY.  IN HIS FIRST NHL GAME, HE SCORED TWO GOALS AND ADDED AN ASSIST.  HE NEVER SAW THE FARM AGAIN.

 

A FOUR-TIME STANLEY CUP CHAMPION, HE FOUGHT SEVERAL TIMES WITH A FUTURE ISLANDER GENERAL MANAGER DURING THE 1980 PLAYOFFS…AND THEN SCORED THE TYING GOAL AND SET-UP THE WINNING GOAL THAT SENT THE BRUINS HOME.

 

HE LATER SCORED A KEY GOAL IN GAME SIX OF THE FINALS AGAINST PHILADELPHIA [ONE LEON STICKLE WISHES HADN'T HAPPENED]…

 

NUMBER TWELVE – DUANE SUTTER.

 


ONE OF THE FASTEST PLAYERS THE ISLANDERS EVER HAD, HE LED THE TEAM IN SCORING IN 1983 AS THE ISLANDERS WON THEIR FOURTH STRAIGHT STANLEY CUP. HIS RINK-LONG RUSH THAT POST-SEASON AGAINST THE RANGERS WAS DESCRIBED BY HIS COACH AS "ONE OF THE NICEST MOVES I'VE EVER SEEN". HE RECORDED TEN ASSISTS IN THAT SERIES, SETTING A CLUB RECORD THAT STANDS TODAY.

 

IN 1980 – HE SCORED THE OVERTIME GOAL TO WIN GAME TWO IN BOSTON AND THEN SCORED FIVE GOALS IN SIX GAMES AGAINST THE SABRES.  HE TOTALED TEN GOALS AND TEN ASSISTS IN THE NINETEEN-EIGHTY PLAYOFFS. 

 

NUMBER FOURTEEN – BOBBY BOURNE

 


A NINETEEN SEVENTY-EIGHT ISLANDER FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICE, HE PLAYED OVER ONE HUNDRED GAMES FOR THE ISLANDERS OVER PARTS OF THREE SEASONS. HE SCORED HIS FIRST N-H-L GOAL IN OCTOBER OF NINETEEN SEVENTY-NINE IN BOSTON.

 

THE ONLY PLAYER ON THIS CUP-WINNING TEAM TO ACHIEVE GREATER SUCCESS ON THE ICE AFTER LEAVING THE ISLANDERS, HE WAS TRADED TO COLORADO THE FOLLOWING YEAR AND SCORED THE GAME WINNING GOAL… AGAINST THE RANGERS… IN HIS ROCKIES' DEBUT.

 

HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS FRONT OFFICE SINCE FOR OVER FIFTEEN YEARS...

 

NUMBER SIXTEEN – STEVE TAMBELLINI.


A NINETEEN-SEVENTY-SIX ISLANDER FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICE,  HE MADE HIS ISLANDER DEBUT THE NIGHT MIKE BOSSY BECAME THE FIRST NHL ROOKIE TO SCORE FIFTY GOALS IN A SEASON IN APRIL OF NINETEEN SEVENTY EIGHT.

 

IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF APRIL THIRTEEN… NINETEEN EIGHTY, HE CELEBRATED THE FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF NEW YORK'S LAST STANLEY CUP … BY SCORING HIS ONLY TWO GOALS AS AN ISLANDER [REGULAR SEASON OR PLAYOFFS] AND ADDING AN ASSIST, ALL IN THE THIRD PERIOD,  AS THE ISLANDERS ELIMINATED THE KINGS.

 

NUMBER SEVENTEEN – ALEX McKENDRY.

 

 


THE COLISEUM RAFTERS WERE NOT COMPLETE UNTIL HIS NUMBER WAS RAISED IN 2001.

 

HE IS THE ISLANDERS' ALL-TIME LEADER IN ASSISTS AND POINTS…THE 1976 CALDER TROPHY WINNER AND THE 1980 CONN SMYTHE TROPHY WINNER…

 

IN THE FIRST GAME OF THE 1980 PLAYOFFS, HE BECAME THE FIRST PLAYER IN NHL HISTORY TO RECORD TWO SHORTHANDED GOALS IN A SINGLE PERIOD AS HE RECORDED HIS FIRST PLAYOFF HAT TRICK. BY THE TIME THE PLAYOFFS WERE OVER, HE HAD RECORDED A LEAGUE –LEADING TWELVE GOALS AND TWENTY-NINE POINTS.

 

HE IS ONE OF ONLY EIGHT PLAYERS IN NHL HISTORY TO WIN MULTIPLE STANLEY CUPS WITH MULTIPLE TEAMS…AND IS A MEMBER OF HOCKEY'S HALL OF FAME.

 

NUMBER NINETEEN – BRYAN TROTTIER

 


THE ISLANDERS WERE 31-28-9 WHEN HE JOINED THE TEAM IN AN EARLY-MARCH TRADE THAT BECAME THE FINAL PIECE OF THE ISLANDERS' CHAMPIONSHIP PUZZLE.

 

FOLLOWING HIS ARRIVAL, THE ISLES FINISHED THE REGULAR SEASON WITH A TWELVE-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK.

 

HE SCORED THE TYING GOAL TO SET UP KEN MORROW'S HEROICS IN GAME 3 OF THE FIRST ROUND SERIES WITH LOS ANGELES …AND EARNED NINETEEN POINTS DURING THE NINETEEN-EIGHTY CUP RUN.

 

THE FOLLOWING YEAR HE WON THE CONN SMYTHE TROPHY…  AND LATER SERVED AS THE ISLANDERS' HEAD COACH.

 

MANY FANS WILL REMEMBER HIM AS NUMBER NINETY-ONE, A REVERSAL OF THE DIGITS HE WORE IN L.A. … BUT IN THE 1980 CUP RUN HE WORE NUMBER TWENTY-ONE…

 

BUTCH GORING.


THE ISLANDERS' ALL-TIME LEADING GOAL SCORER… THE 1982 CONN SMYTHE TROPHY WINNER… AND A CALDER TROPHY WINNER… HE AVERAGED AN N-H-L RECORD … POINT SEVEN SIX TWO GOALS PER GAME, RECORDING 573 GOALS IN ONLY 752 CAREER GAMES.  [Mario held the record until earlier this season]

 

HE LED THE ISLANDERS WITH ELEVEN POINTS IN THE NINETEEN EIGHTY FINALS, INCLUDING A SHARE OF THE FINALS' RECORD WITH FOUR POWER PLAY GOALS.

 

SIXTH ON THE ALL-TIME PLAYOFF GOAL LIST…HE SCORED FIFTY-ONE OF THOSE IN A THREE-YEAR PERIOD.   OF COURSE FIFTY WAS ALWAYS A SPECIAL NUMBER FOR HIM --HIS NINE CONSECUTIVE FIFTY-GOAL SEASONS ARE STILL AN N-H-L RECORD.

 

HE IS THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE LAST EIGHTY YEARS TO SCORE CUP-WINNING GOALS IN CONSECUTIVE SEASONS, WAS  INDUCTED INTO THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME  IN NINETEEN NINETY-ONE AND HIS NUMBER FLIES HIGH IN THE RAFTERS HERE.

 

NUMBER TWENTY-TWO…MIKE BOSSY.


ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PLAYERS TO EVER LACE ON AN ISLANDER UNIFORM… AND NOT JUST BECAUSE HE SCORED AT SEVEN-ELEVEN OF OVERTIME ON MAY 24TH.

 

HE PLAYED THIRTEEN SEASONS FOR THE ISLANDERS …AND DELIGHTED FANS WITH HIS HARD HITTING AND KNACK FOR BIG GOALS, INCLUDING FOUR PLAYOFF OVERTIME TALLIES, WHICH AT THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT WAS MORE THAN ANYONE OTHER THAN ROCKET RICHARD. 

 

HIS CUP-WINNING TALLY WAS HIS SECOND OVERTIME GOAL OF 1980—HE ALSO BEAT BUFFALO WITH A DOUBLE OVERTIME SCORE.

 

HE LATER SPENT SEVERAL SEASONS IN THE ISLANDER BROADCAST BOOTH AND STILL SERVES THE TEAM TODAY.

 

HIS UNFORM NUMBER HANGS HIGH ABOVE US… AND MOST PEOPLE REFER TO HIM SIMPLY AS MISTER ISLANDER… NUMBER TWENTY-THREE, BOB NYSTROM.


 

HE WAS A MID-SEASON ACQUISITION FROM THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS AND ADDED TREMENDOUS TOUGHNESS TO THE ISLANDERS' BACKLINE.

 

HE SCORED A GOAL IN THE VERY FIRST PLAYOFF GAME IN WHICH HE EVER APPEARED AND LED THE N-H-L WITH EIGHTY-FIVE PENALTY MINUTES IN NINETEEN-EIGHTY. THAT WAS ALSO A CLUB RECORD THAT STILL STANDS TODAY.

 

A STEADY, DEPEENDABLE DEFENSEMEN, HE WAS A PLUS-TWENTY-SIX IN ONLY FIFTY-ONE GAMES IN THE THIRD CUP SEASON AND IS ONE OF THE SIXTEEN ISLANDERS WITH FOUR STANLEY CUP RINGS…. NUMBER TWENTY-FOUR, GORD LANE.

 


IN THE EARLY NINETEEN EIGHTIES, THE BEST HITTER IN NEW YORK DIDN'T PLAY AT YANKEE STADIUM…AND HE CERTAINLY DIDN'T PLAY AT SHEA.

 

HE PLAYED RIGHT HERE.

 

A MEMBER OF ALL FOUR ISLANDER CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS, HE DELIGHTED FANS AND TORMENTED OPPONENTS WITH HIS HARD-HITTING PLAY.

 

DRAFTED BY THE ISLES IN NINETEEN SEVENTY-FOUR, HE WAS ONE OF FOUR PLAYERS FROM THAT DRAFT TO PLAY ON THE CUP-WINNING TEAM.

 

A TRUE LEADER—HE SERVED AS THE INTERIM ISLANDER CAPTAIN IN NINETEEN EIGHTY-THREE.

 

NUMBER TWENTY-SIX, DAVE LANGEVIN.


TO UNDERSTAND HIS ISLANDER CAREER, YOU NEED TO REALIZE THAT IT WAS HIS PASS THAT LED TO BOB NYSTROM'S STANLEY CUP WINNING GOAL – YET HE SCORED THREE GOALS IN NINETEEN-EIGHTY-TWO THAT WERE NEARLY AS FAMOUS. 

 

IN FEBRUARY, HIS GOAL IN THE FINAL MINUTE GAVE THE ISLANDERS A FIFTEENTH STRAIGHT WIN AND IN APRIL, HIS GOALS IN GAME FIVE AGAINST PITTSBURGH TIED THE GAME LATE IN REGULATION AND THEN WON IT IN OVERTIME AS THE ISLANDERS WON THE NINTH OF THEIR NINETEEN CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF SERIES.

 

HE STILL SHARES THE ISLANDER CLUB RECORD WITH FIVE GOALS IN ONE GAME AND HOLDS CLUB RECORD FOR GOALS, ASSISTS AND POINTS IN ONE SEASON BY A LEFT WING.

 

NUMBER TWENTY-SEVEN, JOHN TONELLI.


HE SUFFERED A SHOULDER INJURY IN THE FINAL REGULAR-SEASON GAME OF NINETY-EIGHTY AND DIDN'T GET TO MAKE HIS PLAYOFF DEBUT UNTIL THE FOLLOWING SPRING.

 

ALONG WITH STEFAN PERSSON, HE WAS THE FIRST EUROPEAN-TRAINED PLAYER TO HAVE HIS NAME INSCRIBED ON THE STANLEY CUP.

 

AMONG HIS TWELVE CAREER PLAYOFF GOALS WERE FIVE SHORTHANDED TALLIES, AND AN OVERTIME WINNER AGAINST WASHINGTON IN NINETEEN-EIGHTY FOUR.

 

HE IS NOW AN ISLANDER SCOUT IN EUROPE….NUMBER TWENTY-EIGHT… ANDERS KALLUR.


ARGUABLY THE GREATEST BIG-GAME GOALTENDER OF ALL-TIME, HE FINISHED HIS PLAYOFF CAREER WITH A RECORD OF 88 AND 36, INCLUDING A 57 AND 13 RECORD DURING THE ISLANDERS' FOUR CUP SEASONS. AT THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT, HIS 88 WINS WERE AN N-H-L RECORD.

 

EARLY IN THE FIRST CUP SEASON, HE BECAME THE FIRST GOALTENDER IN N-H-L HISTORY TO BE CREDITED WITH A GOAL.

 

HE WON THREE HUNDRED FOUR REGULAR SEASON GAMES FOR THE ISLANDERS, AND WAS INDUCTED TO THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME IN NINETEEN NINETY-THREE—THE SAME YEAR HIS UNIFORM NUMBER WAS RAISED TO THE COLISEUM RAFTERS.

 

THE EIGHTY-THREE CONN SMYTHE TROPHY WINNER – FANS STILL CHEER HIS POST-GAME INTERVIEW WHEN IT IS SHOWN ON THE COLISEUM SCOREBOARD.

 

THE LAST OF THE ORIGINAL ISLANDERS, HE LATER SERVED AS THE CLUB'S GOALTENDING COACH.

NUMBER THIRTY-ONE… BILLY SMITH.


HE WAS THE FIRST PICK IN THE NINETEEN SEVENTY-THREE NHL DRAFT, AND BY THE TIME HE RETIRED, HE HAD REWRITTEN THE N-H-L RECORD BOOK FOR DEFENSEMEN, BREAKING BOBBY ORR'S N-H-L SCORING RECORDS—JUST LIKE HE DID IN JUNIORS.

 

HE WAS NAMED CAPTAIN OF THE ISLANDERS IN OCTOBER NINETEEN-SEVENTY NINE, WAS THE FIRST PLAYER TO HAVE HIS UNIFORM NUMBER RETIRED BY THE TEAM AND WAS ELECTED TO THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME IN NINETEEN-NINETY-ONE.

 

AMONG HIS CLUTCH GOALS IN NINETEEN EIGHTY WAS THE OVERTIME WINNER AGAINST PHILADELPHIA IN GAME ONE—THE FIRST OVERTIME POWER PLAY GOAL EVER SCORED. HE RECORDED NINE POINTS IN THAT SERIES, SETTING A FINALS SERIES RECORD  FOR DEFENSEMEN THAT HE MATCHED TWO YEARS LATER.

 

A THREE TIME NORRIS TROPHY WINNER, HE WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE LAST SPORTS DYNASTY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY --- NUMBER FIVE, DENIS POTVIN.

 
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tavarees at the Worlds

John Tavares is having a solid tournament at World Championships for Canada.

Tavares has six goals and no assists in four games.  He leads all players in the tourney in goals and one point behind Ray Whitney for the point lead.  Tavares has also done well on the draw, winning 21 of 34.  He also leads Canada with 18 shots on goal.

Canada plays Sweden on Sunday night.
 
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

An American embarassment

Finland has defeated the US 3-2 at the World Championships. With the loss, the Americans finish last in their four team group, can finish no higher than 13th, and now are subject to the relegation round.

The Americans must finish either 13th or 14th to even qualify for next year's World Championships.


Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tavares (ok, so t's 8 weeks late)

Thanks to a nice tool now avaialble at hockey-reference.com, I can tell you that Tavares' 5 point game in Vancouver was only the fifth by a teenager in the past 23 years:

Rk Player           Age Pos               Date Tm  Opp      G A PTS
1 John Tavares 19-177 C      2010-03-16 NYI @ VAN  W 2 3 5
2 Sidney Crosby 19-128 C    2006-12-13 PIT  PHI       W 1 5 6
3 Ilya Kovalchuk 18-279 LW 2002-01-19 ATL @ FLA   W 1 4 5
4 Alexei Yashin 19-363 C     1993-11-03 OTT @ EDM W 3 2 5
5 Jimmy Carson 19-254 C    1988-03-30 LAK  CGY    W 4 2 6

Only Crosby and Kovalchuk were younger than Tavares.

(Tavares is the only teenager in this time period to have at least two goals and at least three assists in the same game.)  
 Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Monday, May 10, 2010

Denmark 2, USA 1 (overtime)

Another OT defeat for team USA, this one to Denmark, 2-1.

Not a very impressive showing so far for Scott Gordon's squad.

Kyle Okposo and Frnas Nielsen earned assists on their squad's regulation goals, which were both on power plays.  Lars Eller scored the OT winner for the "Great" Danes, who pulled off their second cosnecutive upset in the tourney.

Eller is a former first round pick of the Blues; he appeared in a handful of NHL games this past season.

Okposo had 4 shots on goal and led the American forward with 22:37 of ice time.  Jack Hillen played 14:54.
 
The US plays Finland on Wednesday, and depending on the outcome of today's Germany-Finland game (2:15 ET) could find themselves in a must-win to avoid the dreaded relegation round,.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Thursday, May 06, 2010

D'Amato on the LightHouse-Casino

From the LI Herald:

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 May 6, 2010
A casino deserves serious consideration
By Al D'Amato 
  
Last week, freshman Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano laid it on the line for county residents. He told us that the county is facing a $286 million deficit, the largest in its history. Because Mangano is committed to not raising taxes, he must be proactive and think outside the box for ways to raise much-needed revenue.

And so, last Tuesday, Mangano announced that he was in the early stages of negotiations with the Shinnecock Nation regarding the possibility of constructing a casino and entertainment center on the 77-acre Nassau Coliseum site and the surrounding property. The idea may have shocked many of my fellow Long Islanders, but believe me, it deserves serious consideration.

Understandably, there are many questions about a project of this magnitude, but Mangano's proposal has tremendous potential to create the job and revenue growth Long Island desperately needs.

In my opinion, in today's economy, it makes a lot more sense than the previously proposed Lighthouse project. For six years, real estate developer Charles Wang, the majority owner of the New York Islanders, has been pressuring elected officials from the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County to authorize this $3.7 billion project.
Wang's proposal encompasses 150 acres, and would transform the Coliseum and the surrounding property into condominiums, a five-star hotel, an athletics complex and corporate offices, highlighted by two 36-story office towers.

Although home prices in Nassau County have remained steady and property in many communities is still valuable, such is not the case for the commercial real estate market. Office space is being leased, but landlords have been forced to renegotiate contracts with tenants at remarkably reduced rates. There are also fewer leases being signed than in previous years.

Six years ago our economy was in much better shape. It might have been possible to finance the project and fill 36 stories of office space. Now, regardless of the developer, it's impossible. Even though the commercial realty market has been creeping back, the current market would not be able to sustain such a grand endeavor.

Let's face the facts. The Nassau Coliseum needs dramatic reformation. The Islanders now play in the smallest and third-oldest arena in the National Hockey League. They survive on subsidies from Wang. A new arena would be a win-win for the franchise and the surrounding area, which is currently not very desirable. We must make sure that the only major sports franchise that calls Long Island home stays put.

Yes, there are many obstacles that could potentially stand in the way of a casino project. First and foremost, county residents must be on board. The citizens, community and business groups, and elected officials need to come together and agree that building a casino and entertainment center in this location is desirable.

With Hofstra University and Nassau Community College in close proximity, traffic and safety are major concerns and must be addressed. It's not enough to build more roads. A casino
is not sustainable without mass transportation; the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Long Island Rail Road have to be involved.

Next, the Shinnecock Nation must become a federally recognized tribe. Without federal recognition, the tribe wouldn't be eligible to obtain the Class III gaming license needed to operate a high-stakes casino. Based on early reports, the tribe is expected to gain recognition by mid-July. It must then choose the site for a reservation — Nassau is just one site in the mix.

Then the tribe would have to enter into negotiations with the state and secure a land-in-trust agreement with the federal government. In essence, this would declare the Coliseum and the surrounding 75 acres tribal ground and permit gambling.

This process will not be easy, but we shouldn't let the obstacles of innovation distract us from the potentials of long-term growth.

Just months into his first term, Mangano has demonstrated the innovative thinking the county needs to alleviate our budget woes. His plan could turn a new page for Nassau, and turn it into a visitor destination and entertainment empire that brings in millions of dollars in tax revenue, expands the tax base and keeps the New York Islanders on Long Island.

Al D'Amato, a former U.S. senator from New York, is the founder of Park Strategies LLC, a public policy and business development firm. He writes weekly for the Herald on topics of local and national interest. Comments about this column? ADAmato@liherald.com.
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 Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Team USA captains

Both Kyle Okposo AND Eric Nystrom have been named assistant captains for Team USA at the World Championships. Jack Johnson is the captain; Matt Greene and Nick Foligno are also named assistants.  Okposo is the third-youngest player on the team; he's 6 days older than TJ Galliardi and three YEARS older than Chris Kreider of BC (Rangers draft pick).

Team USA is of course coached by Scott Gordon. It's unclear how the captains were selected.
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All Team USA games will on Universal Sports  (Channel 110 - Cablevision) and universalsports.com.  (The web viewing carries a small fee -- $.99 for the first game)  John Ahlers (voice of the Ducks) will call the play-by-play.

The Americans' first game is on Friday at 2:00 ET against Germany.  Over 76,000 fans are expected to attend the game, which will be played outdoors in a soccer stadium, establishing a world record for attendance at a hockey game.


Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick