Kukla's Korner Hockey
by William Morrison on 08/14/11 at 05:00 PM ET
As most of you know, some fans from some city in Pennsylvania haven’t taken very well to the fact of an organized fan gathering on Friday night, August 19th at Champions on Long Island.
First off, let me discuss what this gathering is for. The official invite page with a summary of the event can be found here. The aim and purpose of this party is to gather Islanders fans who are craving for hockey and can’t wait the 55 more days until the season starts.
It is a celebration of the highest goal output of the season for a team that has struggled mightily in the past decade. It is the celebration of a Calder trophy finalist scoring a hat trick. It is the celebration of a fan favorite in Matt Moulson reaching the 20 goal plateau with two goals. It is a celebration of young defenseman Travis Hamonic tallying two helpers. It is a celebration of the Islanders budding superstar John Tavares proving that he is as much as a playmaker as a goal scorer with one goal and three assists. It is a celebration of young 25-year old center Michael Haley scoring his first career NHL goal. It is a celebration of PA Parenteau notching his 34th and 35th points of the season. It is a celebration of young Finnish goaltender Mikko Koskinen stopping 35 out of 38 shots in getting one of only two total wins on the season.
This is not a celebration of 23 total suspension games lost between the two teams. It is not a celebration of two all out line brawls. It is a not a celebration of 346 total penalty minutes. It is not a celebration of one of the league’s greatest players ever threatening to not be a part of the NHL any longer. Super Mario’s reaction was justified in my opinion, but we are not celebrating his frustration and aggravation that this game caused.
Many, many Islanders fans were talking about this game for weeks after it was over. It reminded them of the glory days for the blue and orange. It reminded them of past players giving their all every night out on the ice. It reminded them of players not having anything left when they skated back to the locker room after the final buzzer sounded. It reminded them of four Stanley Cups. It gave the hope that Lord Stanley may be back on Long Island in the not too distant future.
This is simply a gathering of New York Islander fans to celebrate arguably the brightest part of last season for Isles fans. I know one thing for sure-Islander fans who will be at Champions this Friday night and watching on MSG Plus will only be celebrating the positives that came from this game from an Islander fan perspective, nothing more.
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