New York Islanders Longest Serving Members in Franchise History
Appearances: 1123, 1st
Draft: 22nd, 1974 (NY Islanders) Status: Hall of Fame
Points: 1353 (500G, 853A)
Bryan Trottier was drafted 22nd overall in 1974. Let that sink in for a second. Twenty-two other players were drafted before him. How often do you think Montréal is kicking themselves for spending two of their first round picks on two players who combined for 100 NHL games?
To be fair we didn’t pick him with our first turn at the podium, we took Clark Gillies with that pick. Not a bad little pick there.
The list of honors that Trottier received during his amazingly illustrious career are too long to list here, but just know that it’s more impressive than anyone else that we’ve named in this list.
But we want to celebrate him for being the longest serving New York Islander ever. No one has worn the Orange and Blue more often that him. Although give John Tavares a clean bill of health for the next 8-10 years and he’ll pass Trottier.
His service to the team was nothing shy of legendary. He eventually went on to play for other teams and win awards for those other franchises (two Cups in Pittsburgh and another with Colorado). His 15 years in Long Island were the most fruitful, for him and for us.
During those years we went from the bottom to the very top of the league. From laughing stocks who could only manage 12 wins in a season, to a dynasty that’s rarely been seen in the NHL. All thanks to his, and his teammate’s efforts.
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Thanks to their labor we have one of the most illustrious histories in the NHL. For the knowledgeable hockey fan this might sound crazy. But we know what went into making this franchise great, and we thank the men that made it possible.