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New York Islanders Fisherman Jersey Getting Love Online

24 Nov 1995: New York Islanders players look on during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
24 Nov 1995: New York Islanders players look on during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
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The New York Islanders fisherman jersey from the mid-’90s is a visual reminder of the bleakest period in the team’s history. But the jersey is actually getting some love online.

Back in 1995, the New York Islanders unveiled a new logo. Instead of that classic crest with ‘NY’, the silhouette of Long Island, and “Islanders” at the bottom, the Isles jersey would feature a fisherman that resembled the Gorton’s fisherman mascot.

The jersey was incredibly unpopular and was gone the very next year. Fans hated it. But, as the saying goes, time heals all wounds.

Over the offseason, NBC has been running a contest to decide the best NHL sweater. They packed 16 sweaters against each other. And the

Islanders fisherman is now in the final four

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Time Heals All Wounds

When the fisherman jersey was unveiled in 1995 fans weren’t having it. Not only was the crest totally reimagined, but so was the rest of the jersey.

Instead of straight horizontal lines at the bottom of the jersey, the lines were wavy to continue the nautical theme. And then a seafoam-green teal like color was added to the typical Islanders navy blue and orange.

It was a wild departure from what the Islanders had been wearing since their inception in 1972. The reaction was obviously incredibly negative. It probably didn’t help that the Islanders picked up 15 wins in the 48 game 1994-95 season and 22 wins in the full 82 game 1995-96 season.

But now, here we are 23 years later and fans have turned on their initial reaction to it.

Of course, this is a twitter poll and is in no way binding. So to those New York Islanders who loathe the fisherman don’t worry this doesn’t mean it’s coming back. But it is an interesting development for one of the most hated piece of Islanders history not named Mike Milbury or Garth Snow.

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