New York Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello took some time during the break to answer questions from fans. There was a lot to unpack, here are three takeaways.
We don’t often get direct access to ask the President and GM of the New York Islanders questions. But this week, while the NHL is in the first week of a suspended season, Lou Lamoriello took questions from the fan base.
On Saturday, the answers to some of the questions that were sent Lou’s way were published. In total, he answered 26 questions. Some were simple (yet interesting) questions like what cereal does Lou eat (he prefers fresh fruit and berries). While others were questions we had all asked ourselves recently, like what’s going on with Ilya Sorokin?
My favorite question that Lou answered was the reasoning behind limiting what numbers players can wear:
"Question from Kevin DeStefano: How come you make everyone choose a small number? I still believe in tradition, however players who join our organization with an established number are allowed to continue wearing that number when they arrive. It’s not the number that makes the player, it’s the player that makes the number."
I know I’m in the minority here, but I’m a big fan of Lou’s team-first philosophy. In an age of individualism, it’s important to step back and consider the greater good and that hockey is, after all, a team sport.
So, looking at the 25 other questions and answers what are the three biggest takeaways for the New York Islanders?