Kevin SchultzToday, we’ve got a pretty cool piece of Islanders history to share. It’s a time capsule of sorts; the program from the team’s first ever game at Nassau Coliseum. Also, it’s not just the cover, you can click through the slideshow below to peruse the entire thing.
On September 27, 1972, the Islanders and Rangers did battle at the Coliseum for the first pre-season game on Hempstead Turnpike and the first of many games between the brand new rivals. The Rangers won the game 6-4 with current GM Glen Sather at left wing. Official attendance for the night was 11,053.
Steven Steinsaltz, IPB’s resident historian who helped out a great deal with the pre-season countdown this year, was kind enough to scan in his program from the night, which is really an amazing walk through the past. The program was 80 pages long and cost only $1 (or $5.58 adjusted for inflation). If you look carefully, Al Arbour is listed as St. Louis Blues coach and there are features on first year coach Phil Goyette, Bill Torrey and Ed Westfall. In the ads, Dr. Pepper is only just starting to break into the New York market and Vanguard Bank touts itself as “Long Island’s first interracial bank.” Different times.
The program should be fully visible below but if it’s not working you can also click here. Big thanks to Steven for taking the time to do this!
We’ll be taking it easy the rest of the week. The mailbag responses will be up over the next couple days. Enjoy!