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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 4:19 PM

An awesome memory for me was last season, meeting my favorite player Mark Eaton. He was such a cool, down to earth guy to talk to. I hope soon that a new favorite memory will be when he scores his first goal as a New York Islander. I hope he spends a great amount of time with the Islanders organization.

@Sampuckdrop13
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 4:10 PM

Hello. To start with, I must say that I've been an Isles fan since their first day in the league. I'm from Coaticook, QC so no need to say that almost everybody around here are Canadians fans :-( But not me. I've been with the team during the bad years and went flying with them during the glory years :-) Ok, now my story:

It goes back to 1984 and the "drive for five" year. During that season, Paul Bouthillier was playing for the Isles and my best friend became friends with him because he married a girl from around here :-). They often played golf together. We were big hockey fans in those years and we had visited 15 different arena's in the NHL.

Paul Bouthillier set us up with tickets for a Rangers game, a Devils game and of course an Islanders game against the Stanley Cup winner that year, the Oilers. Grrrrr

What we didn't know was that after the game, we were invited in the locker room!!! Just imagine my face when i pushed open the door with the enormous Isles logo on it. I still have feelings soo many years later and of course, everybody was in the dressing room: Bossy, Trottier, Gillies. Just name them, they where there.

Billy Smith was soo nice to all of us. We were four Quebecers in the Isles dressing room treated like we were family. Just unbelievable!!! And to top that off, Clarke Gillies had a restaurant back then and he invited us there with the players :-). Not every player went, but if my memory is right there, there were something like 16 guys. So there we go, how could I not still be a fan, even during the tough years.

Thanks for reading my story. I tried my best like our team does night after night :-)

Allan Clowery
Coaticook, QC
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 9:00 AM
Share your stories with us!

We're looking for your memories, pictures, or anything that you can share. You can @ us on Twitter using the hashtag #Isles40th, post on Facebook or email us at nyisocialmedia@gmail.com. Each week we choose a tweet of the day and a lucky fan wins an Islanders commemorative 40th anniversary yearbook.

Check out the stories below and send us yours!


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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.03.2011 / 12:11 PM
This tweet from @Dave5662 sent yesterday is this weeks #Isles40th Tweet of the Day. Thanks for sharing with us.

@NYIslanders #Isles40th At each # raised to rafters. LIFETIME OF MEMORIES. THANK YOU ISLANDERS!!!

Congrats! You win a commerative yearbook for having the tweet of the day.

Every Wednesday, share your stories with us on Twitter using the #Isles40thhashtag or, if they're too long for 140, send them to nyisocialmedia@gmail.com.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 9:12 PM
My #Isles40th favorite moment came off the ice. The coolest thing that ever happened to me was because of the NY Islanders. 'Muttson' aka Matt Moulson tweeted that he wanted his own t-shirt made for the Islanders and he wanted fans to create it for him. Well I submitted my design and I was in a loss for words when I got an email telling me that I'd won! On August 3, 2011 I met Matt at the NY Islanders team store at the mall to reveal his "Got Moulson?" Tshirt. He was a class act and I will never forget that night it was unbelieveable! When I thought my day couldn't get any better the next morning I see myself in an article on the Islanders website! To this day I get the chills remembering that moment! It was incredible! (I'm the one on the right) GO ISLANDERS!

-Josh Elkin


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 5:11 PM
Hey fellow isles fans!
     My greatest memory as an Isles fan occurred at the practice facility - Iceorks. I was a rookie 9 th grader playing for the now defunct Kellenberg HS team.  I was early for practice and standing around in my goalie gear with my helmet pressed up against the glass watching. All of a sudden Tommy Soderstrom skates over to the glass points at me and motions for me to come on the ice! He showed me where to hold my catcher and blocker! What a thrill! I will bleed blue and orange forever!   Lets go isles!

-Pat McDevitt
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 5:09 PM
Well, to start I have had so many fantastic memories at the Nassau Coliseum.  I am 30 years old and have been a lifelong fan of the NYI’s!  My father had season tix for several years in the mid 90’s and I have witnessed the up’s and downs with this team, no matter what I will always be a diehard Isles fan.

After attending at least a few hundred games here is my greatest isles fan moment.  My father had taken me to the 93 playoff game, when the Isles beat the Capitals in the 2 OT by a goal from Ray Ferraro!  Well, we were sitting in Section 123 which you know is right next to the Zamboni entrance & exit.

If I remember I think we were in either row 3 or row 4 and in the two seats next to the railing.  After Ray Ferraro scored his famous 2nd OT game winning goal against the caps the crowd was insane, as well as the celebration on the ice.  Either the Capitals goalie or defenseman in anger shot the puck down the length of the ice towards the Zamboni entrance.  When the ice crew opened up the boards to get on the ice, the puck was sitting on the edge of the ice by the boards.  The security guard who was stationed at that section picked up the puck and handed it to me!  I was a 12 year old who was on top of the world with the Isles win, and now holding that puck in my hand fresh with ice on it.  I am now 30 and still smile with great memories when I think or tell this story.  To this day I still have that puck in my possession, and I have a piece of paper taped on it that says “RAY FERERRO OT WINNER, 1993!”

So that is my story!  I never thought I would have the chance to share it with anyone, but this was the perfect forum to do so!  Thanks for the opportunity to share an Islanders memory I will never forget! 

-Brett Richter
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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 11:37 AM
This tweet from @DaveZLINY sent yesterday is this weeks #Isles40th Tweet of the Day. Thanks for sharing with us.

@NYIslanders The NY Times headline the day after Volek's goal: "Improbable. Impossible. Incredible. Islanders." #Isles40th



The Islanders are honoring the 1992-93 team this Saturday Oct. 29th. Tickets for the Decades Pack available here.

Congrats! You win a commerative yearbook for having the tweet of the day.

Every Wednesday, share your stories with us on Twitter using the #Isles40th hashtag or, if they're too long for 140, send them to nyisocialmedia@gmail.com.
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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 10:07 AM
One of my greatest Islanders' moments was my first game, Oct 14, 1972, against the Boston Bruins.  The clearest memory I have from that game is when Jimmy Mair scored on a slapshot, just as he crossed the blueline, and beat Eddie Johnston.  Even though Boston won 7-4, I was hooked and have not looked back.

The second moment for me was when I got to meet Jean Potvin,  my all time favorite Islander.  It is his name and number I wear to games.

Norm Misrok
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 6:11 PM
My #isles40th memory is probably the most recent. It took place this past off season at the Islanders event at Adventureland. I have been a lifelong Islanders fan. I was at every playoff game vs the Maple Leafs that year (2002). To see my 6 year old son absorb my passion almost thru osmosis is funny. He watches all the games. He knows every players #. I remember as a kid waiting in long lines at the area malls to meet my favorites like Nystrom & Gillies. I never got everybody. This Islander event at Adventureland was AWESOME. He met everybody from the team, the coaching staff, the Ice Girls and even the owner himself. Thanks for remembering that the word fanatic starts with fan.

-Mike Papillo

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