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Quebec Nordiques "Invasion" on Nassau Coliseum

Islanders General Manager Garth Snow talks to the press about the future of the team and the invasion of Quebec Nordiques fans on Nassau Coliseum

Saturday, 12.11.2010 / 6:44 PM / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Quebec Nordiques \"Invasion\" on Nassau Coliseum
“We have the best fans in the world,” is the way Islanders General Manager Garth Snow fielded questions about the parade of over 1,000 fans descending on Nassau Coliseum for Saturday night’s matchup versus the Atlanta Thrashers.

He continued, “We have, here on Long Island, the most passionate hockey fans and I think that the positive side with something like tonight is how many fans we have in the NHL. We welcome all fans of the NHL.”

Even though the attendance at Nassau Coliseum hasn’t shown the Islanders spirit that were evidenced by the sell out crowds attending games during the organization’s four Stanley Cup runs in the early 1980s, Long Island is still home to many passionate hockey fans who cheer for their team, even through the most difficult times.

“There are a lot of variables that go into why the attendance isn’t there right now and obviously winning hockey games is a big part of that, but there are other ingredients as well, the tough economy and so on,” Snow said. “But for us we need to win hockey games and get our fans back in the building.”

Snow said the Nordiques fans could help the atmosphere, but they will in no way hinder the goal of the organization, and that is to win hockey games.

“For me, as the GM of this hockey team, I’m focused on how we get to where we need to be and that’s winning hockey games,” Snow said. “And that starts tonight.”

The GM also said that he will not deviate from his plan to rebuild through a young core of players, whether that is the draft, free agency or trades, he will do whatever it takes in the best interest of improving this hockey club.

“We have a situation where we are going with young players and I’m not going to deviate from the plan to rebuild through the draft. I’m not going to trade our young prospects, whether they are in Bridgeport, junior hockey, college hockey or in Europe for a quick fix.”

Snow continued, “If there is something that makes sense for us in the short term and long term, we will look at it. There have been several occasions where we have added players through free agency, trade, through waivers where if we feel if it’s in the best interest of this team long term and short term, we’ll do it.”

The future of the franchise was also questioned as the Islanders lease with Nassau Coliseum runs out in 2015. Snow explained that the team plans to honor its lease through to the end, and plans to keep the team on Long Island with the help of Islanders owner Charles Wang.

“We are here through 2015. We are going to honor the lease and we aren’t going to play one day longer than we have to in this arena. With that being said, we have an owner in Charles Wang that has booked over $250,000 just into our locker room to make it more comfortable for our players, in addition to a players lounge, a kitchen and a renovated training room. For us, as a hockey team, we’re here to try to win hockey games and we try to make it as comfortable for the players as we can.”

In the end, the New York Islanders will remain on Long Island through 2015. For now, the Islanders welcome all hockey fans to their home on Long Island.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
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13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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