Countdown: 18, Ed Westfall

westfall18th in the countdown is an original Islander and the first captain in team history; Ed Westfall. Originally selected with the ninth pick in the 1972 expansion draft, Westfall was brought in as a veteran presence. He had won a Stanley Cup only months earlier with the Bruins in the spring of ’72 and spent 11 years in that organization.

Westfall scored the first goal in Islanders history and was a steadying force in some rocky seasons early on for the franchise. He would retire before the team hit its stride in the early 80s, but his mark had certainly been left by then. He would move right into the broadcast booth and spend twenty years there alongside Jiggs McDonald.

As he recalled, he would retire with “six” Stanley Cup rings:

“I tell everyone I’ve got six Stanley Cup rings,” he said with a rink-wide grin. “Two I earned as a player and four I got when the Islanders let me feel like I was still part of the team. It was quite a hoot to see all that unfold.”

In 2011, he was inducted into the Islanders Hall of Fame.



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Ed Westfall (1973-1979)
Alex McKendry (1980)
Rob DiMaio (1992)
Marty McInnis (1993-1997)
Mike Hough (1998-1999)
Tim Connolly (2000-2001)
Jim Cummins (2002)
Jeff Hamilton (2004-2006)
Mike Sillinger (2007-2009)
Micheal Haley (2012)