New York Islanders

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New York Islanders
founding June 6, 1972
history New York Islanders
since 1972
Stadion Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Barclays Center
Location Brooklyn , New York City
Team colors Royal blue, orange, white
league National Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
division Metropolitan Division
Head coach CanadaCanada Barry defiance
Team captain United StatesUnited States Not so Lee
General manager United StatesUnited States Lou Lamoriello
owner United StatesUnited States Charles Wang
Cooperations Bridgeport Sound Tigers ( AHL )
Worcester Railers ( ECHL )
Stanley Cups 1980 , 1981 , 1982 , 1983
Conference title 1977/78 , 1978/79 , 1980/81 ,
1981/82 , 1982/83 , 1983/84
Division title 1977/78 , 1978/79 , 1980/81 ,
1981/82 , 1983/84 , 1987/88

The New York Islanders ( IPA : [njuː ˈjɔɹk ˈaɪlændɚs] ) are an American ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from New York . It was founded on June 6, 1972 and began playing at the beginning of the 1972/73 season . The team colors are royal blue, orange and white.

The Islanders play their home games at the Barclays Center from the beginning of the 2015/16 season and were settled as the second team in the New York metropolitan area in the early 1970s to counter the efforts of the rival league World Hockey Association to install a team there. The team established itself at the top of the league at an early stage and advanced well into the playoffs. At the beginning of the 1980s, the team finally won the prestigious Stanley Cup four times in a row and failed at the fifth attempt in the final. In the following years they could not build on these successes and have since won no further title.


The 1970s

The beginning

In 1972, the World Hockey Association (WHA) was founded, a league that competed with the National Hockey League . When looking for a suitable location in the state of New York , the multi-purpose arena, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Hempstead (New York) , built in the same year, appeared to be the suitable location in the New York area to compete with the New York team Rangers to build the NHL. Nassau County , however, the owner of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, wanted nothing to do with the new WHA team, which would be called the New York Raiders . The only way to keep the WHA out of there was to host an NHL team there. Since NHL President Clarence Campbell did not want any competition from the WHA in the New York Metropolitan Area , William Shea , who also brought the New York Mets baseball team to the region, managed to convince the NHL of an expansion. Although the league had only been expanded by two teams two years earlier, it was now decided to include two more teams. The two new franchises went to Atlanta , where the Atlanta Flames were founded, and to the owner of the New York Nets basketball team , Roy Boe , who built his team in Hempstead, New York under the name New York Islanders. Since the team was based in the immediate vicinity of the New York Rangers, the Rangers had to be paid compensation of four million US dollars.

With Ed Westfall you had secured an NHL veteran of the Boston Bruins in the Expansion Draft 1972 , who was team captain for the first years . Around him, General Manager Bill Torrey built a team with many young players such as Billy Smith , Bob Nystrom and Lorne Henning . The team started its first season in 1972. Due to the lack of experience of the players, the season ended with one of the worst results in NHL history. In 78 games they managed only 12 wins and 60 defeats.

Since they were the worst team of the 1972/73 season , they had the right to select the first player in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft . The choice fell on 19-year-old defender Denis Potvin , who was named "the next Bobby Orr " at the age of 13 . There was also a new coach, Al Arbor , who, however, had not yet gained much experience in the job.

Also in the 1973/74 season they were the worst team in the east and missed the playoffs , but they improved from 26 to 56 points and Denis Potvin received the Calder Memorial Trophy as the best rookie in the NHL. In 1975 the team increased the number of points to 88 and reached the playoffs for the first time. There the Islanders showed themselves in a completely different light than in the first two years of their existence. In the first round they beat local rivals New York Rangers, in the second round the Pittsburgh Penguins had to give up the sails. Only in the following semifinals did they lose against the Philadelphia Flyers in a hard-fought series after seven games. The Islanders' standout players were goalkeepers Billy Smith, Clark Gillies , Denis Potvin, Jean-Paul Parisé , Bob Nystrom and Glenn Resch .

Rapid rise with young talents

1975/76 they had another young talented player with Bryan Trottier who scored 95 points and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the best rookie. Again they made it to the semi-finals, but this time there was a clearer defeat than last year. In five games you were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens . And also in the following year, the team from Canada failed in the semifinals. Montréal were the best team at the time and managed 24 wins from three defeats in the playoffs in the two years. The Islanders were the only team that could win against the Canadiens during this time.

In the 1977/78 season , the Islanders had another talent under contract with Mike Bossy , who immediately lived up to expectations and was thus voted the best rookie as the third player of the Islanders. The Islanders continued to develop into one of the best teams in the league. But this time in the playoffs they failed in the first round. 1978/79 the Islanders were in first place in the NHL, but could not save the good performance in the playoffs and were eliminated again in the first round. Bryan Trottier won the Art Ross Trophy as best scorer and the Hart Memorial Trophy as most valuable player in the league that season. Mike Bossy was the NHL's top scorer with 69 goals. Coach Al Arbor won the Jack Adams Award as the league's best coach .

Besides the ice, things weren't always positive for the Islanders. Team owner Roy Boe ran into financial problems when the ABA basketball league , in which his New York Nets previously played, merged with the NBA . In addition to a fee of three million US dollars, he had to pay an additional 4.8 million to the New York Knicks as compensation, since they were based in the same region. Due to the financial outlay, Boe was forced to sell star players of the Nets, which meant that the team slipped in the NBA.

The basketball team's financial problems also affected the Islanders, so Boe decided to sell both teams. A buyer was found relatively quickly for the Nets, but it was more difficult with the Islanders, but in the end he found John Pickett Jr. a new owner for the Islanders. The day-to-day business remained in the hands of General Manager Bill Torrey.

The 1980s

The Stanley Cup years

After the Islanders had dominated the 1978/79 regular season, but then failed early in the playoffs, coach Al Arbor decided to hire his team so that they still had enough energy for the finals in the future. The result was that the team won less than 100 points for the first time in five years, but the concept of Arbor worked and in the end the Islanders won their first Stanley Cup . Trottier, Bossy and Potvin were among the most important players in the playoffs. Then there was Butch Goring , whom the team had signed shortly before the end of the transfer window in March 1980. Bryan Trottier received the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

The dominance of the Islanders continued. The team played in the regular 1980/81 season again with the front and in the playoffs on their way to the second Stanley Cup they only suffered three defeats. The Conn Smythe Trophy this time went to Butch Goring.

In 1981/82 the Islanders set a new franchise record with 118 points and took first place in the NHL. Billy Smith was named the NHL's best goalkeeper with the Vezina Trophy . In the playoffs they won in the first round, which was played as the best-of-5 series, in the fifth game. They suffered two defeats in the quarterfinals, but then all opponents were defeated and the Islanders won both the semifinals and the final in four games and won the third Stanley Cup in a row. Mike Bossy was named Most Valuable Player of the Playoffs this time.

The following year, the Islanders continued their winning streak in the playoffs. First the Washington Capitals were defeated, then the New York Rangers and in the semifinals they beat the Boston Bruins. In the final they met the Edmonton Oilers around Wayne Gretzky , but the Islanders remained victorious and won the fourth Stanley Cup with a " sweep ". Goalie Billy Smith received the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs.

In 1983/84 the Islanders wanted their fifth Stanley Cup in a row and thus the fifth triumph in their twelve-year existence. Everything went according to plan for the team again. They took first place in their conference and again beat their local rivals from Manhattan in the first playoff round. The next series they won against the Washington Capitals with 4-1 and in the conference final the Montréal Canadiens with 4-2. In the final they faced the Edmonton Oilers, who were clearly defeated against the Islanders last year. But this time they turned the game around and the Islanders only won one game in the final series. The Stanley Cup went to Edmonton.

Slow descent

The lost final was a turning point for the New York Islanders. The following season they did not play as well as in previous years. They were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs. 1985/86 the season was over after the first round. Over time, several Stanley Cup players left the team. Nystrom and Gorin retired and Clark Gillies joined the Buffalo Sabers . Coach Al Arbor also ended his career in 1986. With Terry Simpson came a new coach and with Pat LaFontaine , Pat Flatley and Brent Sutter young players.

In the 1987 playoffs, the Islanders won against the Washington Capitals one of the most famous games in NHL history with a goal from LaFontaine in the fourth overtime. But after the second round, the season was already over. Mike Bossy announced his retirement and a year later he was succeeded by Denis Potvin, who then set records for top scorer, assists and scorer among defenders in NHL history. Today, however, they no longer exist. In his final season for the Islanders, he reached the playoffs again after the team had won the title in the Patrick Division. But they couldn't get past the first round.

In 1988/89 the Islanders crashed in the table. Tied with the Nordiques de Québec , they finished last in the NHL. Goalkeeper Billy Smith, who was the only player left on the 1972 founding team, ended his career after this low point. During that season, coach Simpson was fired and Stanley Cup coach Al Arbor took over the coaching post again.

The 1990s

New faces

In 1989/90 the Islanders made it back into the playoffs, but failed there in the first round to the New York Rangers. After the season, Bryan Trottier's contract was paid off and he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins . The return to the playoffs was short-lived and the team only reached 60 points in the regular season. Only in the first two years of their existence did they bring less. Frustrated by the sporting downturn, Pat LaFontaine, the only real star, left the team in 1991. In October 1991, General Manager Bill Torrey made a "blockbuster" transfer, swapping LaFontaine, Captain Brent Sutter, and a few other players for a group of young players to whom u. a. Pierre Turgeon , Uwe Krupp , Benoît Hogue and Steve Thomas belonged. Together with talented players such as Derek King , Pat Flatley and Ray Ferraro , as well as Wladimir Malachow and Darius Kasparaitis from Eastern Europe, a new team could be put together.

After another year without participation, Bill Torrey resigned as general manager of the team in 1992 to help the Florida Panthers , which were just being formed as a new NHL franchise. Don Maloney has been named the new GM. Under his leadership, the Islanders made it back from the basement of the table in 1992/93 and moved into the playoffs. Ray Ferraro scored several decisive goals in the first round of the playoffs against the Washington Capitals, but the euphoria was slowed when star center Pierre Turgeon was checked from behind by opposing captain Dale Hunter during the celebration of his goal that decided the series against Washington injured himself in the process. Turgeon should not be able to play the second round, Hunter was suspended for 21 games. In the second round the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the Stanley Cup in the last two years and were peppered with stars like Mario Lemieux , Jaromír Jágr and Ron Francis , waited . But the Islanders held against it as a blatant outsider and created the sensation when they won the decisive seventh game in extra time and made it to the conference final. There they faced the Montréal Canadiens and lost in five games. Montréal finally won the Stanley Cup in the final.

GM Maloney has not changed anything about the team since he took office, except that he brought on Ron Hextall as the new goalkeeper after the season . The previous goalkeeper Glenn Healy was selected in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim , but was in the squad of local rivals New York Rangers at the beginning of the 1993/94 season , which brought Maloney little sympathy among his own fans. Hextall was considered a very good goalkeeper, but he could not meet expectations. Furthermore, the Islanders were able to move into the playoffs, but failed there after four games against the Rangers. Hextall was sent to Philadelphia after the season and in exchange came Tommy Söderström as the new goalkeeper. Head coach Al Arbor resigned after failing in the playoffs and ended his career for good. His successor was his longtime assistant and himself a former player of the Islanders Lorne Henning. In 1994/95 only the Ottawa Senators were worse than the Islanders.

Over time it became clear that Maloney had done poorly and that his only official act in previous years that should have resulted in the upgrading of the squad was signing Hextall. In 1995, Henning therefore decided to rebuild the team. Turgeon and Malakhow were transferred to the Montréal Canadiens for Kirk Muller and Mathieu Schneider , Hogue to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the young goalkeeper Éric Fichaud . Muller was only supposed to play 45 games in two years and was then sent to Toronto. Coach Lorne Henning was sacked and replaced by Mike Milbury .

Mismanagement and athletic lean period

Even before the start of the 1995/96 season , the Islanders changed the design of the jerseys and the team logo, which was called the “Fischerman Logo” because above the “Islanders” lettering there is a figure who is holding an ice hockey stick and how looks like a fisherman. The new design turned out to be a disaster and after less than a year it was decided that they wanted to go back to the original design. The "Fisherman logo" led to the fans of the New York Rangers about that mocked and sang while playing songs such as "We want fish sticks" (We want fish fingers ). And there was no success on the ice either, with only 22 wins in 82 games. During the season, Maloney was fired as general manager. Mike Milbury took over as general manager in addition to his position as coach.

In 1996 businessman John Spano bought the Islanders for $ 168 million. He paid 80 million for the team and the rest for the lucrative television contract that the longtime owner John Pickett jr. had completed. Spano received the money for the team through a loan from a bank and he was supposed to pay an annual installment of 16.7 million US dollars for the TV contract. After the first installment failed to materialize, Spano Pickett was able to present a letter from a London bank stating that the money should be there soon, after which the contract was finally concluded. But the money still didn't come in and Pickett brought in NHL chairman Gary Bettman . It turned out that Spano was a scammer who had worked with forged documents. In addition, there were two court hearings against him while the contract was being signed. Spano fled to the Cayman Islands , later surrendered, and was eventually sentenced to six years in prison for fraud. John Pickett remained the owner of the Islanders.

During the 1996/97 season , Mike Milbury gave up his post as head coach and only took care of the business as general manager. The playoffs were missed again and during the 1997/98 season he took over the post as head coach again to give him back to Bill Stewart in the 1998/99 season . In 1999 Butch Goring became the coach of the Islanders, who played a major role in the Stanley Cup victories in the early 1980s. The playoffs were never reached in the years.

John pickett jr. finally found a buyer for the team. Howard Milstein and Steven Gluckstern , co-owners of the Phoenix Coyotes , took over the team. The new owners only provided the team with a rather small budget in order to generate more profit. Due to the low budget, the team had to give up players like Bryan Berard , Žigmund Pálffy or Trevor Linden . Mistakes were also made in management. Young players like Todd Bertuzzi or Bryan McCabe were transferred to other teams. Among the remaining players, the Pole Mariusz Czerkawski was one of the consistently good scorers.

In 2000 the team was sold to Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar .

New millennium

Return to the playoffs

General Manager Milbury transferred the future star players Roberto Luongo and Olli Jokinen for Oleg Kvasha and Mark Parrish to Florida in 2000 , which earned him no sympathy from the fans. In addition, the Islanders had the first draft pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft . Milbury chose goalkeeper Rick DiPietro rather than strikers Dany Heatley and Marián Gáborík . Milbury's behavior caused confusion and misunderstanding among the press and fans, but he justified his decisions by saying that he wanted to improve the team immediately. But he failed and the Islanders finished last in the league in the 2000/01 season .

As a result of the team's poor game, Milbury dismissed coach and Islanders legend Butch Goring before the end of the season. Fans were upset that Goring had to go for the poor performance and not Milbury. They were also annoyed that Peter Laviolette, a newcomer, was hired as a coach.

Before the 2001/02 season , Alexei Jashin and Michael Peca were two key players committed to the center position. In addition, Chris Osgood was brought in, a goalkeeper who had already won the Stanley Cup twice with the Detroit Red Wings . The Islanders started the season with eleven wins, one draw and one overtime loss. At the end of the regular season they reached the playoffs for the first time since 1994. In the first round they failed after seven games at the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 2003 the playoffs were reached again, but again it was over after the first round. Milbury, who was known for making decisions that upset fans, then sacked Peter Laviolette. The players reportedly told Milbury that they lacked confidence in the coach. Steve Stirling was signed as his successor.

In 2004, the Islanders were eliminated in the first round against the eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning .

The 2004/05 season was due to the lockout and Milbury was busy changing the squad. Michael Peca was attacked by Mike York and Miroslav Šatan was signed . In addition, Brent Sopel , Alexei Schitnik and Brad Lukowich were brought in for the defense .

After the lockout ended, the 2005/06 season started. After the last three seasons, when the Islanders reached the playoffs three times in a row, they didn't make it this time. Coach Stirling was fired in January 2006 and assistant coach Brad Shaw became an interim coach. In addition, Milbury said that he will leave the post of general manager when a successor is found.

New structures

In late May and early July 2006, team owner Charles Wang announced that Neil Smith would be the new general manager, Ted Nolan would take over as coach and former Islanders players Pat LaFontaine and Bryan Trottier would join the team's management. Just a month later, Smith was fired because, according to Wang, they had different philosophies. LaFontaine resigned from his post that same day. Smith's successor was Garth Snow , who up to this point was substitute goalkeeper behind Rick DiPietro. Brendan Witt , Tom Poti , Mike Sillinger and Chris Simon were signed under Smith . Then three more players were signed with Mike Dunham , Wiktor Koslow and Sean Hill .

In September 2006, the Islanders announced that goalkeeper Rick DiPietro has signed a 15-year contract that grossed him $ 67.5 million. It is the longest contract in the history of sports and has received a lot of criticism from the media and fans.

In October 2006, Islanders legend and Hockey Hall of Fame member Mike Bossy joined the Islanders management team.

Ted Nolan, who is of Indian descent and was not under contract with any team for almost 10 years, although he received the Jack Adams Award as the best coach of the NHL at the Buffalo Sabers in 1997 , was able to put together a good team and the team moved throughout Season within reach of the playoff spots. In addition, ex-substitute goalkeeper and now rookie GM Snow showed a lucky hand with small transfers before he succeeded in a surprising transfer deal at the end of February 2007 a few minutes before the end of the transfer period. With Ryan Smyth , the Islanders brought the Edmonton Oilers 'best player to New York, which was particularly criticized by the Oilers' fans. The price was high with three first-round draft rights, but the Islanders brought him the eighth and remaining playoff place with four wins in a row on the final day of the game. With 3-2 after penalty shootout, they won the all-important game against local rivals New Jersey Devils and substitute goalkeeper Wade Dubielewicz was the standout player for the Islanders. The sporting climax of a turbulent end of the season, in which Chris Simon was banned from the New York Rangers for 25 games because of a brutal stick blow against Ryan Hollweg and goalkeeper DiPietro was absent from the last regular season games with a concussion. In the playoffs, the Islanders lost 4-1 to the Buffalo Sabers, who were the best team of the regular season.

In June 2007, the management decided to part with team captain Alexei Yashin and to pay him his four-year contract. The ten-year contract signed in 2001 for 87.5 million US dollars already met with great criticism, as there was no guarantee that Yashin would actually meet expectations. In the end, his services were no longer worth $ 6 million a year to team owner Charles Wang's management.


The Barclays Center

The Islanders played their home games from their inception until 2015 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum , a 16,234-seat multi-purpose arena . Often it is a team for which a new stadium is being built; this is different with the Islanders and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. To prevent a World Hockey Association team from moving into the stadium, which was previously only used by the New York Nets basketball team , the New York Islanders were founded. Along with Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and Joe Louis Arena in Detroit , the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum was one of only three stadiums in the NHL that did not sell the naming rights.

On October 24, 2012, Charles Wang, owner of the Islanders, announced that the franchise would play its home games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, from the 2015/16 season . However, this choice quickly came under fire because the Barclays Center was originally only designed for basketball, so that some of the seats were obstructed. In addition, the team's new venue was not accepted without exception by the fans, as the Islanders were no longer - according to their name - based in Long Island , but in Brooklyn. As a result, the Islanders' management looked early for an alternative, which they found in Belmont Park in December 2017 . A new home arena with 18,000 seats for one billion US dollars (844 million euros ) is to be built on the site of this former racecourse in Elmont on Long Island , and is to be completed in the 2020/21 season. In mid-December 2017, the Islanders and New York City FC ( MLS ), who want to build a new football stadium for 26,000 spectators on the site , presented new details about the sports facilities. At the end of January 2018, the Islanders confirmed that they would temporarily return to the now renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the 2018/19 season . 12 of the 41 regular season home games at the Coliseum were planned before that number was increased to 20 in June 2018. The remaining 21 games of the season will be played at the Barclays Center.

Owners and farm teams

The first owner was the clothing manufacturer Roy Boe. He sold the team to John Pickett Jr. in the second half of the 1970s . In late 1996, Dallas-based John Spano bought the Islanders from Pickett but did not pay, so Pickett got the team back. Finally, Pickett found a group around Howard Milstein and Steven Gluckstern (co-owners of the Phoenix Coyotes ), who bought the Islanders from him.

In 2000, Milstein and Gluckstern were sold to Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar of Computer Associates . In Shanghai -born Wang is the founder of Computer Associates, but was now replaced by Kumar as CEO. He bought Kumar's shares in the Islanders and is now the majority owner of the team. He often interferes in sporting matters, which puts his reputation with the fans in a critical light.

The Islanders, like all other NHL teams, also include several other teams in lower-class leagues, the so-called farm teams . In the case of the Islanders, these are currently the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (also owned by Wang) in the American Hockey League .

The farm teams are often used in the NHL to prepare the young players and rookies for the "real" NHL games. Like the other clubs, the Islanders draw their offspring through the NHL Entry Draft , through which promising young players enter the league every year.

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

In 1980 , 1981 , 1982 and 1983 the New York Islanders won the Stanley Cup , the hockey world's most coveted trophy. In 1984 they were in the final but lost to the Edmonton Oilers 2-4 .

Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

Prince of Wales Trophy

NHL Awards

NHL All-Star Team Nominations

Since the franchise was founded , seven players have been nominated 25 times for one of the all-star teams and seven more for the all-rookie team .

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

Abbreviations: GP = games, G = goals, A = assists,
Pts = points

Surname from ... to GP G A. Pts
Denis Potvin 1974-1988 9 5 4th 9
Mike Bossy 1978-1986 7th 2 2 4th
Bryan Trottier 1976-1986 7th 1 2 3
Pat LaFontaine 1988-1991 4th 2 2 4th
John Tavares 2012-2016 3 5 1 6th
Ed Westfall 1973-1975 3 0 0 0
Pierre Turgeon 1993-1994 2 3 6th 9
John Tonelli 1982-1985 2 0 1 1
Glenn Resch 1976-1977 2 - - -

With nine appearances for the Islanders, Denis Potvin is the player who can look back on the most appearances in the team's history. With nine points he is the most successful player. In addition to him, Pierre Turgeon , who only played two All-Star games for the Islanders, also reached nine points. Potvin's five goals and Turgeon's six assists are the best makers of the Islanders players.

In the 1973 All-Star Game , Ed Westfall was the first player to compete for the Islanders. In the 1974 All-Star Game , Denis Potvin scored the first goal in an All-Star Game.

Goalkeeper Billy Smith was voted Most Valuable Player of the All Star Game in 1978 . He was only the second goalkeeper to do so.

In 1983, the Islanders hosted the only time they had hosted the 35th edition at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum .

In addition to the All-Star Games, there were three other occasions where the NHL provided an All-Star team. The 1972 Summit Series took place before the Islanders were founded. During 1979 Challenge Cup then stood with Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy , Bryan Trottier and Clark Gillies of the Islanders four players in the squad. For the rendez-vous '87 , in which the Soviet national team was again opponent of the NHL team, no player from the Islanders was taken into account.

Franchise records

Selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed below.


Surname number
Most games Bryan Trottier 1,123
Most consecutive games Billy Harris 576 (October 7, 1972 to November 30, 1979)
Most goals Mike Bossy 573
Most templates Bryan Trottier 853
Most of the points Bryan Trottier 1,353 (500 goals + 853 assists)
Most penalty minutes Mick Vukota 1,879
Most shutouts Glenn Resch 25th


Surname number season
Most goals Mike Bossy 69 1978/79
Most templates Bryan Trottier 87 1978/79
Most of the points Mike Bossy 147 (64 goals + 83 assists) 1981/82
Most points as a rookie Bryan Trottier 95 (32 goals + 63 assists) 1975/76
Most points as a defender Denis Potvin 101 (31 goals + 70 assists) 1978/79
Most penalty minutes Brian Curran 356 1986/87
Most wins as a goalkeeper Jaroslav Halák 38 2014/15


Abbreviations: GC = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after
overtime , Pts = points, Pts% = point quota

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T OTL Pts Win% GC W. L.
Phil Goyette 1972/73 * 48 6th 38 4th - 16 .167 - - -
Earl Ingarfield 1972/73 * 30th 6th 22nd 2 - 14th .233 - - -
Al Arbor 1973 / 74–1985 / 86 1038 552 317 169 - 1273 .613 171 109 62
Terry Simpson 1986 / 87–1988 / 89 * 187 81 82 24 - 186 .497 20th 9 11
Al Arbor 1988/89 * -1993 / 94 461 187 220 54 - 428 .464 27 10 17th
Lorne Henning 1994 // 95 48 15th 28 5 - 35 .365 - - -
Mike Milbury 1995 / 96–1996 / 97 * 127 35 73 19th - 89 .350 - - -
Rick Bowness 1996/97 * –1997 / 98 * 100 38 50 12 - 88 .440 - - -
Mike Milbury 1997/98 * –1998 / 99 * 66 22nd 39 5 - 49 .371 - - -
Bill Stewart 1998/99 * 35 10 18th 7th - 27 .385 - - -
Butch Goring 1999 / 00–2000 / 01 * 143 41 89 14th 4th 100 .335 - - -
Lorne Henning 2000/01 * 17th 4th 11 2 0 10 .294 - - -
Peter Laviolette 2001/02–2002/03 158 77 62 19th 6th 179 .546 12 4th 8th
Steve Stirling 2003/04/2005/06 * 118 56 51 11 6th 129 .521 5 1 4th
Brad Shaw 2005/06 * 40 18th 18th - 4th 40 .500 - - -
Ted Nolan 2006/07/2007/08 163 74 68 - 21st 169 .518 5 1 4th
Al Arbor ** 2007/08 1 1 0 - 0 2 1,000 - - -
Scott Gordon 2008 / 09–2010 / 11 * 164 60 84 - 20th 140 .427 - - -
Jack Capuano 2010/11 * –2016 / 17 * 483 227 192 - 64 518 .536 24 10 14th
Doug Weight 2016/17 * –2017 / 18 122 59 49 - 14th 132 .541 - - -
Barry defiance since 2018/19 82 48 27 - 7th 103 .628 8th 4th 4th

* Change during the current season; ** Interim trainer

The Islanders have had 15 coaches in their thirty-year history, but only one has become a legend. After having worn out two coaches in a disappointing first season, Al Arbor, a good forty-year-old, was brought in, who had tried twice with moderate success at the St. Louis Blues . He led the Islanders to four Stanley Cup wins in his first 13 years before retiring in 1986. When things did not go so well under his successor three years later, he returned to the Islanders' gang for another five and a half years. None of his successors managed more than two consecutive seasons. The second longest was Mike Milbury, who during his time as General Manager stood behind the gang once for two and once for two half seasons. The coaches also include two players from the Islanders' most successful days. Lorne Henning, who after his career ended most of the time as assistant coach of the Islanders, took over the post of head coach twice for one season each time and Butch Goring, who already held the role of assistant coach as a player, returned at the end of the 90s as Coach back to the Islanders.

General manager

Surname season
Bill Torrey 1972 / 73-1991 / 92
Don Maloney 1992 / 93–1995 / 96 *
Darcy Regier 1995 **
Mike Milbury 1995/96 * - 2005/06
Neil Smith 2006/07 *
Garth Snow 2006/07 * - 2017/18
Lou Lamoriello since 2017/18

* Change during the current season


Squad for the 2019/20 season

As of December 25, 2019

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
1 GermanyGermany Thomas Greiss G January 29, 1986 2015 Fuessen , Germany
40 RussiaRussia Semyon Varlamov G April 27, 1988 2019 Kuibyshev , Russian SFSR
55 CanadaCanada Johnny Boychuk D. January 19, 1984 2014 Edmonton , Alberta , Canada
8th CanadaCanada Noah Dobson D. 0January 7, 2000 2018 Summerside , Prince Edward Island , Canada
4th United StatesUnited States Andy Greene D. October 30, 1982 2020 Trenton , Michigan , USA
2 United StatesUnited States Nick Leddy D. March 20, 1991 2014 Eden Prairie , Minnesota , USA
24 United StatesUnited States Scott Mayfield D. October 14, 1992 2013 St. Louis , Missouri , USA
3 CanadaCanada Adam Pelech D. August 16, 1994 2014 Toronto , Ontario , Canada
6th CanadaCanada Ryan Pulock D. 0October 6, 1994 2013 Dauphin , Manitoba , Canada
25th CanadaCanada Devon Toews D. February 21, 1994 2016 Abbotsford , British Columbia , Canada
12 CanadaCanada Josh BaileyA LW 0October 2, 1989 2008 Bowmanville , Ontario , Canada
13 CanadaCanada Mathew Barzal C. May 26, 1997 2016 Coquitlam , British Columbia , Canada
18th CanadaCanada Anthony Beauvillier LW 0June 8, 1997 2016 Sorel , Quebec , Canada
10 CanadaCanada Derick Brassard C. September 22, 1987 2019 Hull , Quebec , Canada
53 CanadaCanada Casey Cizikas C. February 27, 1991 2011 Mississauga , Ontario , Canada
15th CanadaCanada Cal ClutterbuckA. RW November 18, 1987 2013 Welland , Ontario , Canada
7th CanadaCanada Jordan Eberle RW May 15, 1990 2017 Regina , Saskatchewan , Canada
32 CanadaCanada Ross Johnston LW February 18, 1994 2015 Charlottetown , Prince Edward Island , Canada
47 Flag of Finland and Russia.svg Leo Komarov C. January 23, 1987 2018 Narva , Estonian SSR
14th GermanyGermany Tom Kühnhackl RW January 21, 1992 2018 Landshut , Germany
27 United StatesUnited States Anders LeeC C. 03rd July 1990 2013 Saint Paul , Minnesota , USA
17th CanadaCanada Matt Martin LW 0May 8, 1989 2018 Windsor , Ontario , Canada
29 United StatesUnited States Brock Nelson C. October 15, 1991 2012 Minneapolis , Minnesota , USA
44 CanadaCanada Jean-Gabriel Pageau C. November 11, 1992 2020 Ottawa , Ontario , Canada

Team captains

year Surname
1972-1977 Ed Westfall
1977-1979 Clark Gillies
1979-1987 Denis Potvin
1987-1991 Brent Sutter
1991-1996 Pat Flatley
1996-1998 Bryan McCabe
1998-1999 Trevor Linden
1999-2000 Kenny Jonsson
year Surname
2000-2001 no captain
2001-2004 Michael Peca
2005-2007 Alexei Yashin
2007-2009 Bill Guerin
2009-2011 Doug Weight
2011-2013 Mark dispute
2013-2018 John Tavares
since 2018 Not so Lee

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Blocked jersey numbers and honored contributors

The blocked numbers on the ceiling of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

In their franchise history, the New York Islanders have officially banned seven jersey numbers so far. In addition, another one is no longer officially awarded. These six banned shirt numbers hang as banners in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will no longer be given to any player.

No. Surname Blocking date
5 Denis Potvin February 1, 1992
9 Clark Gillies December 7, 1996
19th Bryan Trottier October 20, 2001
22nd Mike Bossy March 3, 1992
23 Bob Nystrom April 1, 1995
27 John Tonelli February 21, 2020
31 Billy Smith February 20, 1993
91 Butch Goring February 29, 2020
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (league-wide)

Between 1992 and 2001, the Islanders honored five players from the team that won the Stanley Cup four times in a row from 1980 to 1983 . Team stars Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy were the first two to receive this honor in 1992. From 1993 to 1996 goalkeeper Billy Smith , Bob Nystrom and team captain Clark Gillies followed . It was not until 2001 that another player followed with Bryan Trottier . On February 21, 2020, the New York Islanders banned John Tonelli's number 27 shirt . Anders Lee was allowed to continue to wear the number 27, even after the lockdown, after consultation with John Tonelli. On February 29, 2020, the New York Islanders banned Butch Goring's number 91 shirt .

The shirt number 99 has been banned across the league since February 6, 2000 in honor of Wayne Gretzky .

The New York Islanders also honored other contributors with banners.

  • 1500 Al Arbor , Coach (1973-1986, 1988-1994, November 3, 2007); the banner was hung on November 3, 2007 after Arbor returned to the Islanders dugout for a game to play his 1,500th game as coach of the team. It replaces the banner with the number 739 hung on January 25, 1997, which stood for the 739 victories of Al Arbor in the regular season.
  • Bill Torrey , general manager, president, and vice president (1972–1992); on his banner are the words “The Architect” and instead of a number there is a bow tie that he always wore and was his trademark.

Top 10 voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft

Since 1969, the New York Islanders had 48 draft rights in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft , until 1978 known as the NHL Amateur Draft. They were able to select a player 26 times as one of the first ten teams and four times they had the first right to vote in the draft.

Franchise top point collector

The ten best points collectors in the history of the franchise by the end of the 2018/19 regular season and the 2019 playoffs .

Abbreviations: Pos = position, GP = games, G = goals, A = assists, Pts = points, P / G = points per game

Regular season

Surname Item season GP G A. Pts P / G
Bryan Trottier C. 1975 / 76-1989 / 90 1123 500 853 1353 1.20
Mike Bossy RW 1977 / 78-1986 / 87 752 573 553 1126 1.49
Denis Potvin D. 1973 / 74-1987 / 88 1060 310 742 1052 0.99
Clark Gillies LW 1974 / 75-1985 / 86 872 304 359 663 0.76
John Tavares C. 2009 / 10–2017 / 18 669 272 349 621 0.93
Brent Sutter C. 1980 / 81-1991 / 92 694 287 323 610 0.87
Pat LaFontaine C. 1983 / 84-1990 / 91 530 287 279 566 1.06
John Tonelli LW 1978 / 79–1985 / 86 594 206 338 544 0.91
Bob Bourne C. 1974 / 75-1985 / 86 814 238 304 542 0.66
Bob Nystrom RW 1972 / 73-1985 / 86 900 235 278 513 0.57


Surname Item GP G A. Pts P / G
Bryan Trottier C. 175 64 106 170 0.97
Denis Potvin D. 185 56 108 164 0.88
Mike Bossy RW 129 85 75 160 1.24
Clark Gillies LW 159 47 46 93 0.58
Bob Bourne C. 129 38 54 92 0.71
Bob Nystrom RW 157 39 44 83 0.52
John Tonelli LW 113 28 55 83 0.73
Butch Goring C. 99 28 40 68 0.68
Brent Sutter C. 88 24 35 59 0.67
Stefan Persson D. 102 7th 50 57 0.55

Web links

Commons : New York Islanders  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Dan Rosen: Islanders officially headed to Brooklyn in 2015. NHL, October 24, 2012, accessed October 27, 2012 .
  2. move of the New York Islanders perfect article from December 21, 2017
  3. New details on the Islanders Arena Article from December 12, 2017
  4. Islanders confirm return to Nassau Coliseum Article dated January 30, 2018
  5. Islanders to play 8 more games in former home, total of 20., June 21, 2018, accessed on June 23, 2018 (English).