Feb 8, 2015; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) before the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
In the 40 plus year history of the Islanders, there have been many all-time greats who’ve made their presence felt on Long Island.
If you grew up in the early 1980’s chances are you’re a pretty screwed up person.
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I mean think about it.
You watched an alien puppet who eats cats as the number one show in America. You went to concerts which featured dudes with big hair and a crap load of hair spray – as the bigger the hair, the cooler the dude.
You even loved Madonna.
But for all of those totally awesome things you remember, the best part of the 80’s was your New York Islanders dominating the sport of hockey from 1980 through 1983.
Legendary head coach Al Arbour led his squad filled with beasts to four straight Stanley Cup Championships, at the time surpassing the Yankees as the biggest thing in the city.
Feb 5, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Islanders defeated the Flyers, 3-2 in a shootout.Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Denis Potvin was as brutal as they came. Not only was he one of best pure hockey defenders of all-time, but he was a walking nightmare for the opposition. Opponents not only had to gameplan to score against Potvin, but they had to gameplan on how not to get killed.
Goalie Billy Smith used his hockey stick like we as 80’s kids used our pretend Star Wars lightsabers.
Bobby Nystrom, Mike Bossy and many more filled out one of the greatest dynasties in not only NHL history, but sports history.
With captain John Tavares and company bringing some nostalgia back to Nassau Coliseum this season, it only seems appropriate to countdown the Top 10 Islanders of All-Time.
Next: Number 10