Time Capsule: Program from the First Game at Nassau Coliseum

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

Today, 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!

37 comments
Don22
Don22

I was only 3 years old in 73 - but as a kid I remember going to Cookys and Sizzler and Mr. Jays appliances. 

dv92
dv92

Merry Christmas to everyone on IPB!

robo
robo

islanders suck

mitchfritz
mitchfritz

my biggest memory of going to my first isles game in 72' was the souvenir mini red white n blue aba nets ball I wanted and my father bought me...I remember him saying don't you want an islanders banner or an islanders souvenir...nope I want the lil red white n blue basketball

truth77
truth77

I remember when I was a child going to Lums with the Orange Ball shaped lights over head .Then my parent taking me to Howard Johnson next door for Ice Cream. Across the street was Roller Skating rink,less then a quarter mile from Wantagh Parkway, as a Teenager eating at Barillos before the game and  then drinking at the bar by the Coliseum ,where some of the Islanders use to hang out.Nassau was so nice when I was a child As usual politicians and Greed have turned it into something my parents came here to get away from 60 years ago, Brooklyn.Nothing against Brooklyn but back then people came here for Space , easy living and less crime.Last night at the mall something fell and people ran thinking shots were fired ,Wow! what a difference 20-30 years make.Sometimes progress is not a good thing.

Daniel Reuther
Daniel Reuther

Lots of alcohol ads!  And on page 11, the Ambassador looks like the original Dos Equis World's Most Interesting Man.

LordAl
LordAl

Just for fun who were the players for the first pre season game?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

The advertisement for the Gilbert-Park hockey school is interesting.  It encourages you to send your boy.  Now most hockey schools are co-ed.  Shows how times have changed.

robert broere
robert broere

it's funny to see the size of the players.not very big


David Schwartz
David Schwartz

How much easier can you guys at IPB take?  I didn't realize the 1-3 posts a day max was a strain for you writers over at IPB.  IF anyone deserves it though it's definitely you guys ;)

dkdk
dkdk

I was there as a very young boy, so I don't remember hardly any of it. But it is cool knowing that my uncle took me to the inaugural game.

hoser_14
hoser_14

Thanks!  This is so cool!  I recently got the program for the October 14, 1972 (which also happens to have been my 11th birthday) game against Boston off of eBay for $20.  I too scanned it and I plan on having the program and the lineup framed.

Does any one have the 1972 Islander yearbook?    I would love to have a copy of it or even a scaned copy

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

Phenomenal! Looking at the old logos of the other teams brings back terrific memories. And all the ads - classic stuff! I hope something like this can encourage a "throwback night" before the Isles move to Brooklyn. Great fun and thanks!

steviel
steviel

Great piece! Loved it! Just gave a quick look but 2 things jumped out, first the previous season    scoring leaders with Bobby Orr finishing second to Phil Esposito,and the old Ranger "GAG line"(goal a game) Ratelle, Hadfield and Gilbert finishing 3,4, and 5 in scoring, amazing numbers for 1line! Also the National Bank of North America Ad (my dad worked there!) with a picture of the Long Island  Ducks playing ,I believe the Clinton? Comets. Notice the fence instead of glass! Those were tough dudes! Always felt the Isles 3rd jerseys should  be a throw back tribute to the Long Island Ducks! Fun look back!

since72
since72

I remember watching that game on TV.  Before the drop of the puck, the PA anouncer shouted "let's play hockey!".  Funny the little things you remember.  Long time ago.  Good time capsule.  Thanks!

dzruggie
dzruggie

A note to Kevin and the team - Thank you for your time posting up stories and providing this vehicle for the fanatics to vent, ponder and post.  It is an unbelievable addiction for me and something I look forward to each day.  Also I appreciate all of the posts from all of the fans.  Yeah we never will all see things the same way, yeah some of us are optimistic and others more uh - realistic lol?  But point is all are hard core fans and in the end we are all on the same team.  Have a Happy all.....

dzruggie
dzruggie

The Sizzler has a steak dinner for $1.89 lol...  seems like a deal - even back then.

dv92
dv92

Wow, this is amazing. It's so hard to believe that their was a time where you can buy a steak platter for $1.89. What's that? The price of a Gatorade nowadays?? Unbelievable. Thanks for sharing, this was a fun read.

Michael Delman
Michael Delman

Awesome...read the whole thing...thanks for this!

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Thanks so much for posting that.  As someone who played in the old "Met League", it brought back a lot of memories.

dkdk
dkdk

Nothing beat going to Cooky's Steak Pub as a kid. Get a nice cake then go running to that Sundae Bar! It was the perfect place for a 10 year old.

Ajay Gill
Ajay Gill

Lol that's exactly what I was thinking. Dos Equis guy looks like him this guy is the original the "Ambassador" ! Love that is scotch! Now get this guy in the front office!

dv92
dv92

@orangeblue I hope this isn't just bs. Why would Montreal trade him? If this is true though, we definitely have a lot more to offer than Philly. Thanks for posting this. Very interesting.

camb33
camb33

@orangeblue a comment from a person on that thread...........

Eddie B
5ptsFeatured
2 days ago

The Islanders look like the "Generals" and they are playing the opposing "globetrotters" every night.  Their front office, management and coaching are the worst in the league and have been for the past 20 years with only a handful of playoff appearances to boast about.  That being said I would hate to be traded to that organization if I was Pacioretty.  

dzruggie
dzruggie

@since72 How about John Sterling doing the Islander radio broadcasts?  Goal - Islander Goal -  Islander Goal lol  

kgkg
kgkg

@dzruggie I miss the ground round and the chefs salad.  My first job ever was at the sizzler.

                    Islander fan from day 1 and forever.  Hope for a better next year from the owner and management.

                      Merry Christmas everyone!






Peter Rogers
Peter Rogers

@dzruggie I remember the Sizzler - trust me $1.89 was no deal:(

dzruggie
dzruggie

@dv92 Sorry did not see this post but funny enough you caught it as well lol

isles23
isles23

@dv92. No bs here. Its just Montreal doing what they do, ostracizing good players because of silly reasons like not speaking french.

isles23
isles23

@camb33. No offense but IDC what Eddie B has to say. People can say w/e they want but imo a team like Toronto that has unlimited resources and still hasn't won a cup in forever is way more of an embarrassment than the isles.

Don22
Don22

@isles23Agreed.  And while in Sports Authority the other day I was razzed by a Rangers fan who laughed that the Isles haven't won a cup in 30 years.  I reminded him that the Rangers haven't won in 20 years and that it was 50+ before that, so I wouldn't be bragging if I were him.  He had nothing to come back with.