With the NHL in a lockout, there’s no new season for 2012-03 (as of yet, we might still get half a season if a new CBA agreement is reached soon) and hence I’m low on news hockey wise – till now!
The New York Islanders are set to announce that they will be moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York when their lease expires at Nassau Coliseum after the 2014-15 season. The team has called a news conference for this afternoon at the new arena, which will be home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets this season. The news conference will be attended by Islanders owner Charles Wang and general manager Garth Snow, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg among others.
Wang has been lobbying for a new arena for his team for several years. The Nassau Coliseum has been home to the team since it was built in 1972. Wang has been frustrated in his attempts to find a new location in recent years. Last summer, his proposal to build a new arena and keep the Islanders on Long Island was voted down in a referendum by local residents.
This should be a case of same team, same players & staff, same owner but new city, new arena and there they should get a new name by then. It’s a shame as the NY Islanders have such a great history with their dynasty team winning 4 Stanley Cups in the 80s.