The two new Islanders owners held up their new jerseys and professed their thanks and admiration toward the franchise.
Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky will join as minority owners and become majority owners in two years, where Charles Wang will stay on as a minority owner. The new owners pointed to the move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn as a turning point for the organization, though they will miss the Coliseum.
“This is a fabulous place to play hockey,” Ledecky said, and told a story that many fans have approached him to discuss their favorite memories from “The Old Barn.”
They said they will use the next two years as a “listening tour” to learn from Wang, but are excited to start their own chapter in the history of the team.
“We’re thrilled to be here,” Malkin said. “It’s a great honor to participate in the tradition of the Islanders.”
Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Thomas Hickey just felt a numbness right away after his face got cut by the skate of Mike Santorelli on Tuesday night. He immediately left the ice.
“It’s just scary cause you’re a little numb and I didn’t know if it was a lit cut or a real big one,” Hickey said about the incident. “I just assumed it was bad and it was, so I just had to get off right away.”
The 25-year-old was no worse for the wear on Wednesday. Hickey was back on the ice for practice sporting new head gear to protect the roughly 20 stitches he received. Tuesday was not Hickey’s first brush with a skate blade However. Earlier this season, according to the Islander defenseman, a skate blade came close to catching him.
“I’ve been playing hockey — without a cage — since I was 16,” he said. “So in nine years it happens once. It’s a lot of games so your odds are pretty good.”
The cage that Hickey was sporting during Wednesday’s practice at Nassau Coliseum will be on him when the Islanders play the Bruins in Boston on Thursday. After that they will “reevaluate” if it is still necessary after that.
Hickey had to wear a cage last season after breaking his noise in october. He had a tough time adjusting to it last season, but this time around the cage does not seem to bothersome for him.
“It’s like playing blindfolded,” he explained. “Then I wore a different bubble that didn’t do to much, but this one is just sort of the jaw outline and you can see the puck better. But anything that’s in your feet you lose a little bit of vision, but this helmet is not too bad at all.”
Hickey played 16:11 in the Islanders 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
The Islanders have placed Colin McDonald on waivers, the team said.
McDonald has played in two games this season with the Isles and hasn’t registered a point.
Ownership press conference today…
The Islanders will introduce their new owners, Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin, in a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Nassau Coliseum.
Ledecky and Malkin will spend the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons as the franchise’s minority owners, then transitioning into the majority owners starting in 2016-17
Earlier this week, on the Islanders Point Blank Podcast, former Islander Mick Vukota reminisced about Nassau Coliseum and his playing days on the island.
Here are five things we learned from the interview…
1. Mick’s first NHL fight came in his second game vs. Tim Hunter of the Calgary Flames.
2. During his first NHL game, Mick dropped his gloves and tried to fight Tiger Williams, who skated away and scored the tying goal.
3. During his rookie season, Mick shared a house with Rod Dallman and Todd McLellan. Each guy scored their first goal that season on their first shot.
4. On the night Mick scored a natural hat trick vs. the Washington Capitals in 1989, Pat Lafontaine was named Player of the Game.
5. Mick once fired his helmet at an obnoxious Rangers fan at Nassau Coliseum.
It was bad on Tuesday night. A lot of people were calling Islander wins, but the Toronto Maple Leafs stunned the Isles defeating them 5-2. It was the Islanders worst loss in their first six games this year and a tough one to swallow for many fans in Islander country.
Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:
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