Monday, January 29, 2018
It Happened at the Coliseum... and it's Happening Again
At a press conference at the Coliseum this morning, Governor Cuomo announced that the Islanders will indeed begin playing part of their regular season schedule on Long Island beginning next season.
The first Coliseum game will be either in "September or October" which indicates it should be in the preseason. However, some time in the fall, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will host its 1,666th regular season game.
Per Newsday's Jim Baumbach, it will be 60 games over the next three seasons (54 regular season and 6 pre-season). This would appear to include 12 regular season games in 2018-19, and 21 in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. Per Baumbach, Jon Ledecky said that (location of playoff games) "will be up to the NHL".
Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, noted that if the team wants to play more games on Long Island that they will be encouraged.
Jon Ledecky ended his presentation by including the Isles ticket line (844-33-ISLES) and noting "Let's Rock the Barn".
You can go home again. And until the beautiful new Barn is built next to the Track, that home will include the place where I (and so many others) grew up.
Oh, and by the way -- 33 years ago tonight, Bryan Trottier recorded his 1,000th NHL point, and It Happened at the Coliseum. Read about it here:
I guess I'll have to think about updating that series.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick