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Vancouver Hockey Centennial

Celebrating 100 Years of the Game of Hockey

Saturday, 05.26.2012 / 2:55 PM ET / News
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Vancouver Hockey Centennial

By Gary Selby

It all begins with a dream and the courage to pursue it. The vision to build it and the discipline to maintain it. These are the elements of success, these are the elements of a true champion. This is the history of The New York Islanders. A story of courage and of strength rich in the telling.

The New York Islanders were founded in 1972. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. One of three teams of the NHL in the New York City Metropolitan area, based in Uniondale New York on Long Island.

The New York Islanders are Stanley Cup Champions, winning in four consecutive years- 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83.

Eight alumni of the New York Islanders are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

As proud members of the NHL, the New York Islanders pay tribute to the city of Vancouver, and a century of excellence. For their contribution to the sport of hockey, and to the fathers of the dream, Frank and Lester Patrick – pioneers and builders of the game that holds a nations heart.

To one of the greatest stories ever told in sport, whose contribution created the game we play today. The Patrick brothers had played hockey at McGill University in Montreal, and Lester had also played for the Montreal Wanderers. He became the very first defenseman ever to score a goal. They were also pioneers in the establishment of Women's hockey, founders of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, they became known as the ''brains of hockey."

Building the sport to its most brilliant and breathtaking level, their vision and courage created the game we play today. The face of hockey is their contribution. They introduced the twenty two rules that have created the game, the sixty minute game being divided into three twenty minute periods, the first team system in hockey, as well as the playoff series, the blue line, forward passing, the penalty shot, and numbers on sweaters so fans could identify the players.

The Patrick brothers also gave us the practice of a defenseman bringing the puck up the ice, the goal assist, substitution of players while the game was being played, allowing a goaltender to fall to the ice to make a save, the gesture of raising the stick when a goal was being scored, and eventually allowing a team to dress two goaltenders before a game.

The Patrick brothers along with their father Joe sold their prosperous sawmill business to single handily establish and finance three West Coast Teams. The Victoria Senators, The New Westminster Royals and The Vancouver Millionaires, so called because of the high salaries the brothers were willing to pay to have the best talent re-establish themselves on the West Coast.

The brothers financed their own arena – the Denman Arena. Vancouver's climate necessitated playing on the first artificial ice rink in Canada, in a city where most people had never seen a hockey game or had any knowledge of the sport. The odds against them were immeasurable. Teams had to travel for days by train just to play a game, yet the Vancouver Millionaires would go on to play for the Stanley Cup five times and win the Stanley Cup in 1915. They lived the dream. The New York Islanders are proud beneficiaries of their dream and are proud to play the game that is the legacy of so many who came before.

The Centennial of the birth of professional hockey in Vancouver is also the Centennial of the expansion of hockey to become a North American sport we love and play today. Frank and Lester Patrick had a dream and the courage to pursue it. We are all the beneficiaries of their dream. They exhibited imagination, initiative, and integrity. We honor the Patrick brothers – the builders of hockey.

Please join The New York Islanders in celebrating this hockey milestone.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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