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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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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