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The New York Islanders Are Finally Home At UBS Arena

from Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post,

It feels like forever, yes, but it was just 150 days ago. That was the last time the Islanders were truly islanders, the last time they actually played a match on the Island, and it was one of the grandest sporting moments we’ve had around here in so, so long.

There were 12,000 true believers in the old house, the Old Barn, Nassau Coliseum, desperate to keep hockey season alive for another few days. That was June 23. The Islanders were two wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals but also only one loss away from their first tee times of summer.

Fort Neverlose was asked to rise to one more occasion.

And did. It took a little extra work. It took Anthony Beauvillier beating Andrei Vasilevskiy 68 seconds into overtime to give the locals a 3-2 win over the Lightning, to send the Old Barn into one last frenzy. In the moment, there was hope there might be still more hockey games at the old address — 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, 11553 — but that dream died on a steamy St. Petersburg night two days on.

One-hundred-fifty days later, at last, the lads come back home.


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Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

I will be there and will provide a report on Sunday. 

I expect an Isles win - but - expect confusion and lots of traffic.  I have no idea of how to park there, and what to expect.  Never made it in for my tour - but our seats are supposed to be awesome. 

Hoping that no other players enter Covid protocol.  (Bailey is in FLA in quarantine, Lee and Johnston teste positive - all vaxxed fully)  Heard this morning that Mika Zibanedjad of the Rags just entered protocol as well. 

After 20+ years (PRE - LOU and Trotz) of dogs**t hockey and while I LOVED the Barn, clearly, its time was up.  And after a string of awful owners (Pre Malkin/Ledecky) -  This is the first day of the rest of the Isles life and fans are so excited!!!

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 11/20/21 at 12:20 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Thanks Kas.  If you happen to see something like a tour video of UBS, please feel free to put a link here.

I found a time lapse of construction, but I think people would be more interested of a ‘tour’ video of the inside.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/20/21 at 12:24 PM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar


Newsday may have a tour online.  I gotta run to Belmont - see you guys/gals later!

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 11/20/21 at 04:14 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Cannot be anymore excited and happy for you and the rest of the Islanders nation, Kas.  It’s gonna be a great time.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 11/20/21 at 04:32 PM ET

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