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Isles locker room shows commitment to new team

Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 12:16 PM / News
By Cory Wright
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Isles locker room shows commitment to new team
Over the summer, the New York Islanders made changes to the players’ dressing room, giving the place where the team spends so much of their time, a fresh, new look.

Newspaper print collages used to line the wall above the player’s stalls, paying homage to the dynasty teams of the 1980s. Entering the franchise’s 40th anniversary season, they swapped them out for prints of today’s squad.

“I think we tried to keep, some things that reminded us of teams in the ‘80s, their Stanley Cups and their success, but we want to create our own legacy and memories as well,” Islanders forward Matt Moulson said.

Hanging above each player’s stall are two-foot square pictures of themselves, an addition seldom seen in other NHL dressing rooms. When each player looks around the room, they see their teammate’s images hanging above their stalls, a reminder of what they all mean to each other.

A peak at the new "Commitment" theme inside the Islanders locker room. Click the photo to view a gallery.
Behind the pictures, piping of the teams’ colors have been painted on the wall, making the room appear both bigger and brighter than when it was bordered with black, white and grey. The piping is consistent with images the team uses for branding.

“I really like the pictures above the guys’ stalls,” Kyle Okposo said. “It’s pretty neat and I’ve never seen it done before. The guys seem pretty excited about it.”

The dressing room design is also centered on one of the most important characteristics of the Islanders organization, commitment. Above the doorway to the main room are four Stanley Cups and the team’s motto of “Commitment” in blue, block letters.

Okposo said, “We’ve really wanted to make our theme commitment this year. We have a few things that as a team, we discussed and now they’re posted around the room.”

The team also upgraded their gym. It features numerous blue, white and orange signs with motivational quotes about commitment, excellence and determination. On the way out to the ice, there is one last sign that simply reads: Pride.

“It’s nice. It’s kind of our time,” Okposo added. “We obviously know what happened in the past and we respect that. We know the tradition, but the time is now and we need to start paving the way for us.”

All of these design changes come a year after the Islanders locker room was completely rennovated, which includes a new kitchen, a larger players' lounge and training room, fresh carpet and a new coat of paint.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
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13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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