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by William Morrison on 08/22/11 at 08:27 PM ET
As most of you know, Icethetics.info confirmed the new sweater looks for the 2011-2012 season earlier today. As for my thoughts on the Islanders third jersey, I can sum it up in one word-embarrasing. In reading the message boards and blogs throughout the day, it seems like most everyone agrees with me. I love the Isles regular home and away jerseys, but these third jerseys are horrible. The only thing that I remotely like is that “Islanders” is written across the chest. The color scheme is horrendous. I know when there was a lot of discussion over the summer about colors for the third jersey that fans didn’t want the color black as the main color. So, following sensible logic, the third jersey mostly features the color black.
As for the other new sweaters, my favorites are the new Predators sweaters and the red Florida Panthers sweater. What are your favorites? I specifically am interested to see how Leafs fans feel about their new attire. Some Leafs fans I have spoken with today aren’t too happy with the new sweater. They specifically don’t like the gray stitching around the Leafs logo on the front. In my opinion, the Leafs jersey is very similar to their old one, with the minor exception of the gray stitching.
In other news, former Islander Dave Scatchard announced his retirement today after 11 NHL seasons. Scatchard played for the Canucks, Islanders, Bruins, Predators, Coyotes, and Blues. Scatchard stated via Twitter that his retirement is due to concussions. Scatchard also said that he is interested in pursuing business and real estate ventures. The reason for his retirement was that he has a wife and three children that he needs to be “healthy for in the future.” Scatchard is 35 years old. He scored 128 career goals and added 141 assists in his NHL career. Scatchard will be most remembered for his 1,040 career penalty minutes. He appeared in 17 postseason games for the Islanders and posted two goals, two assists, and 34 penalty minutes. I will remember Scatchard for playing hard and knowing how to hang around in the NHL for so long without a lot of talent. It is too bad that Scatchard had to leave on these terms, but I wish him the best. I admire that Scatchard left the game with the best interests of his family in mind and am most certain that he will be successful in whatever future endeavours he decides to pursue.
The Islanders have had their share of draft picks go through the University of Denver hockey program in the last few years. The DU hockey program led all NCAA schools in The Hockey News Yearbook’s ranking of top prospects among current, former, and future collegiate players. Scott Mayfield, a current Denver Pioneer, is ranked the #4 prospect in the Islanders organization. Rhett Rakhshani, who may be the most intriguing Islanders prospect, is currently ranked #7 in the Islanders system. Matt Donovan, who is currently ranked as the #9 best prospect in the Islanders organization, turned pro after last season at DU.
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