The New York Islanders along with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, have announced the NHL team currently at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY will be moving to the new arena after the completion of the 2014‐2015 NHL season.
The team’s lease is up at that time, and there have been speculation rumors of the team moving, or creating a new development. The time has finally come to announce to the fans about the future of the club.
Team owner Charles Wong mentioned, “There is not enough time to build a new arena. We wanted to keep it local as best as we can… We are staying in New York, very happy with the decision that we made. We are home here (Barclays Center), this is our new home we’re very excited to be here.”
The Islanders organization has signed a 25‐year iron clad lease agreement to take place once the team officially moved to the new arena in 2015. On behalf of the team, Wong has mentioned that they would honor the remainder of their current lease, not giving any clues to the media that the move would happen earlier then 2015.
The New York Islanders team name and logo will remain the same.
The ownership of the team will remain the same.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the podium raising two metro cards. These metro cards are meant for NY Islanders team owner Charles Wong, and NY Islanders team general manager Garth Snow, when they need to take the subway to get to the Canyon of Heroes to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup during a parade of Champions in their honor when they win the Cup.
Now, this will clearly be a nice change of scenery, the Coliseum has definitely got to go, but other changes need to be made to make this team a Cup contender.
Goaltending? Goal scorers?
One step at a time. The new journey begins in 2015. Hopefully NHL action will be back by then…