New York Islanders owner Charles Wang wrote a letter to fans in Friday's edition of Newsday. The letter thanks the Islanders faithful for their support, for the memories at Nassau Coliseum and tells them to prepare for great memories at the Barclays Center. Wang will be the majority owner of the Islanders until 2016.
The success of the New York Islanders in 2014-15 wasn't something many saw coming. Few would have expected the acquisitions of Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, the time spent atop the Metropolitan Division or that heading into the post-season the Islanders would be one of the toughest draws in the league. So, as the magical season wrapped up and the ice was removed from the storied Nassau Coliseum, owner Charles Wang has written a letter to Islanders faithful in Friday's Newsday. The letter thanks fans for a fantastic year, for the memories at the Coliseum and to let them know that losing a seven-game first-round series isn't going to become habit for the Islanders:
which was posted to IslandersPointBlank.com, also extolls the virtues of moving to the new, "state-of-the-art" home of the Islanders, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The new arena, which already plays host to the Brooklyn Nets, will have a seating capacity of 15,795 compared to the Coliseum's 16,170. That said, the Barclays Center is 40 years newer. Though some may note how Wang points to Shawn Bates' penalty shot goal in the 2002 post-season as one of the "unforgettable nights" at Nassau Coliseum and not the four straight Stanley Cup victories, it's worth noting that he only became a minority-owner in 2000, so his time with the Islanders came well after their glory days. Speaking from his perspective, that was probably one of the most memorable moments at the former home of the Islanders. Wang will remain the owner of the franchise until 2016, when majority ownership will switch to Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin.