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The New York Islanders Have Their Home

from Neil Best of Newsday,

Islanders fans finally got their turn on Saturday night.

For a decade and a half, they had watched new or rebuilt sports palaces rise across the region, from Newark to Queens to the Bronx to East Rutherford to Brooklyn to, yes, midtown Manhattan.

But it never, ever was about them, fans of a team that has been looking for a modern home to call its own for as long as many of those fans have been alive.

Now they not only can say they have one but can argue — and probably will — that they have the best one of all:

UBS Arena, the $1.1 billion facility that opened with the Islanders hosting the Flames before a crowd that spent much of the night oohing-and-aahing its way through wide concourses and architectural flourishes.

"I’ve been waiting for this since the early ’80s; it’s unbelievable," Mike Galligan of Deer Park said as he watched the third period from his seat in front of the Tailgate Bar. "I can’t believe I’m here tonight."


KK member Kaszycki and his Krew was at the game and gave his views in the comment section of this post.

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Red Wings are at the UBS Arena on Long Island - WED 29 DEC.  Could be a good road trip if you factor in the Wings are playing Les Ragitants at Madison Square on MON 27 DEC.  I share tix with a partner and I don’t have the Wings game :(  But if you stayed in the city - you can easily manage both games.

2 games and a chance to soak in NY during the holiday season… Just sayin for you Michiganders smile

The team flew in several HOF players (NHL HOF and NYI HOF) -  led by our Captain - the great Denis Potvin.  (other past Captains such as Ed Westfall, Patrick Flatley, Clark Gillies and then John Tonelli, Bobby Nystrom, Ken Morrow are the ones I recall being there.) 

The fans chanted for Mike Bossy, who is fighting cancer at his home in Quebec.  He was sorely missed. 

Many fans in the building that I have not seen for two years kept mentioning how much we miss Nick Leddy.  NYI having trouble moving the puck out of the zone.  Something Nick was really good at.  Richard Panik played last night and he was flat out awesome.  With Bailey, Lee, Johnston and Beauvillier out with Covid he stepped in and played really well.  I wish we could afford to trade back for him.

I hope the Wings let Greiss play at UBS.  The fans LOVE him.  And Robin Lehner too.  But Greiss helped build the bridge to keep the team competitive while at Barclays and he is a very good goalie, and his wife Brittney was very active in our community.  He and NIck will be warmly received.


Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 11/21/21 at 10:52 AM ET

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