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The New York Islanders will be wearing throwbacks to their first NHL season on April 11 to celebrate their final game at the Nassau Coliseum. The 1972-style jerseys will feature orange numbers and no nameplates, just as they were for the Isles inaugural season.
The New York Islanders have already brought back the ‘Fisherman’ jerseys, and, according to the team, the uniforms from the team’s inaugural season will be worn for the Isles final home game at Nassau Coliseum. On April 11, when the Islanders take on the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets, the threads from 1972 will be worn to commemorate the team’s 40-plus seasons at Nassau Coliseum. Similar to the way the jerseys were worn in the Islanders first season, there will only be numbers on the jerseys, as no nameplates will adorn the back of the sweater.
Like the Fisherman jerseys, the inaugural season throwback jerseys will be auctioned off, with bidding beginning in advance of the game. If the current bidding on the Fisherman jerseys is any indication, the retro jerseys will likely see bids reaching upwards of $500 to $1,000. As of Wednesday, Jan. 21, the highest current bid on an Islanders ‘Fisherman’ sweater is a $1,105 bid on John Tavares’ threads for the Feb. 3 game. Proceeds from the ‘Fisherman’ jerseys go directly to the Islanders Children’s Foundation, and it’s likely everything from the inaugural season throwbacks will do the same. It’s fitting that the team is once again competitive as they say goodbye to Nassau Coliseum, as many of the legends that will be brought back to celebrate the old barn, including Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy, were integral parts of an Islanders team that was one of the greatest dynasties in NHL history.