The New York Islanders will bring their traditions to Barclays Center this fall, as the team will keep its logo and home and road uniforms, its public address announcer and the Blue and Orange Army.
The banners of the team’s four Stanley Cup championships were added to the Barclays rafters last year. Before this coming inaugural season, they will be joined by the banners for former Head Coach Al Arbour, former General Manager Bill Torrey and retired Islanders jersey numbers in the Barclays rafters.
The Islanders public address announcer, Roger Luce, will continue to be the voice of the Islanders at Barclays Center. Luce has been a presence at Islanders games since the 1998-99 season.
The Blue and Orange Army, the Islanders super-fan group and some of its most boisterous supporters, will lead the crowd in Yes! Yes! Yes! chants from section 229 at Barclays Center, also known as Loudville.
Islanders legends Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Butch Goring, and Bobby Nystrom have been named inaugural members of the New York Islanders Legends Program at Barclays Center. Each legend will serve as an official Islanders ambassador starting with the 2015-16 season. Members will make special appearances at community events and Islanders games to foster the team’s presence in and around the borough.
Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said, “It is of the utmost importance to us to carry on the many deep-rooted traditions of the New York Islanders as they move to Brooklyn. Throughout its history, the team’s customs and unique elements have been instrumental in shaping the identity of the franchise. We’ve spent a lot of time talking with Islanders fans who made it clear they wanted their favorite traditions brought to Brooklyn, and we have listened. We are also delighted to have the support of Islanders legends as we welcome the team to the borough.”
ISLANDERS TO HOLD BLUE & WHITE SCRIMMAGE AT BARCLAYS:
The New York Islanders will play the annual Blue & White Scrimmage at their new home, Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, on Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m.Fans will have the opportunity to see the organization’s top prospects compete in an intra-squad game, followed by a skills competition.
Tickets to the scrimmage are $10, and 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the Brooklyn Events Center Foundation. Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 5 at 10 a.m. Fans can purchase online by visiting www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, beginning Saturday, June 6 at noon (if tickets are still available).
The Blue & White Scrimmage will feature the 2015 Islanders draft class, as well as the organizations top young prospects, headlined by first-round picks Michael Dal Colle (2014, 5th overall selection), Joshua Ho-Sang (2014, 28th overall selection), Griffin Reinhart (2012, 4th overall selection) and Ryan Pulock (2013, 15th overall selection). Dal Colle and the Oshawa Generals won the 2015 Memorial Cup, making this the second straight camp the Islanders will have a representative from the Memorial Cup Championship team. Reinhart captained the Edmonton Oil Kings to the 2014 Memorial Cup title. Ho-Sang played in the OHL last season with the Windsor Spitfires and Niagara IceDogs, averaging over a point per game with 81 points (17 goals and 64 assists) in 60 games. Pulock completed his first pro season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and was named to the 2014-15 AHL All-Rookie team.
The Islanders Blue & White Scrimmage has been played since 2006 and featured current Islanders John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, Anders Lee, Matt Martin, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic, Casey Cizikas, Calvin de Haan, Scott Mayfield and Ryan Strome. The game gives young prospects the chance to become acclimated to the organization as well as show the fans the talent that the franchise is developing.
Doors for the scrimmage will open at 6 p.m.
Fans can purchase season tickets by calling 844.33.ISLES, or going online at http://www.barclayscenter.com/ny-islanders. Fans can choose their seats by visiting http://nyislanders.io-media.com to take a 3D tour of Barclays Center with New York Islanders Virtual Venue.
For more information about the Islanders move to Brooklyn visit http://www.barclayscenter.com/ny-islanders.