The New York Islanders have been in the NHL since 1972. The team was founded in order to keep the defunct World Hockey Association out of having a team in Nassau, Long Island. After a short history, the team won four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980-1983. The NHL officially refers to this run as an actual dynasty.
Oddly enough, after the championships were won, the team would run into major financial troubles. The Islanders had some of the lowest attendance in the league & would fail to make the playoffs for 22 years from 1994 to 2016. The team hasn’t won a division championship since 1987-88.
New York Islanders Legends
All of the legends of the Islanders are in the Hockey Hall of Fame & were part of the championship years. Al Arbour (coach), Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Denis Potvin, Brian Trottier, Billy Smith & Bill Torrey set championship standards in Long Island.
Islanders fans have had plenty of talented players come through the organization, but not always click with the squad. Over the last several years, Islanders fans have tried to show more support in Long Island, when the talk was heavy that the team could move. Even though the move would be to Brooklyn, the Islanders fans felt the team was theirs. The New York Islanders are the only professional team in the Long Island Burrough.
New York Islanders Move to Brooklyn
After their entire franchise history was in Long Island, the team officially moved to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015. The team won a playoff series in 2016, however, attendance has been an issue. There has been talk that the team could move back to the renovated Nassau Coliseum soon.