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The Current New York Islanders Bringing Back Memories Of The Dynasty Years

from Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post,

For those of us of a certain age, watching the Islanders renaissance has been a splendid reminder of what we had — what, sadly, we took for granted — all those many years ago. Long Islanders are parochial and proud of it. Billy Joel is one of us, always. Jerry Seinfeld? One of us. Billy Crystal? Eddie Burns?

One of us. Always.

That was the Isles of 1980-83. They not only made us proud, they made us champions. Islanders fans have other rooting interests in other sports, but the Isles were ours. Maybe it seems silly. Believe me, it was real.

The best part of this new Isles Mania is all the faces of folks under 45 years old. For them, this was a different franchise, cast adrift for years by lousy management and awful teams. Yet they stuck around. It was easy for guys like me: J.P. Parise scored his famous goal against the Rangers when I was 8. From then through college the Isles were a given.


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Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

my two kids who are 33 and 30 years respectively, cannot conceive of the Isles being a winning team let alone a champion.  They grew up during the Anders Myrvold, Mike York and Radek Martinek years.  Thousands of empty seats, countless ‘chuck a puck’ and “State Farm Agent of the game” promotions, and the kidnapping of the former mascot “NyIsles” - which my (then 8 year old) got very upset over. 

They grew tired of me talking about Bobby Nystrom and Mike Bossy.  Shawn Bates and Wade Dubielewicz were their heroes.  This generation now gets to experience an OPPORTUNITY for greatness, and they are over the moon about it.  They want their own championship team, and I too - wish to wax poetic over a Brock Nelson/Josh Bailey championship year.  Will be a very tall order - but - I think this team can win every game it suits up for.

Vic was the first local writer to write what a LOT of people are feeling.  The dynasty team will always be the greatest team ever to lace em up - and the numbers support that!  But for now - I want a new era to win the Cup in the last year of the old Barn and take it to the new building.  (Which I drove past on Friday and it looks GREAT!)  With 32 teams in the NHL - It will get THAT MUCH harder for the Wings, Isles, Stars, Kraken and especially the LEAFS to win. 

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 06/13/21 at 01:16 PM ET

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