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Islanders Fans Raise Money To Fly Plane Over Toronto

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Fans attend the game between the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 12, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 3-1.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Fans attend the game between the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 12, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 3-1.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Islanders fans are raising money through Go Fund Me to get a plane to fly over Toronto with a “Let’s go Islanders” message.

Islanders fans are a unique bunch. From billboards outside of the Barclays Center, to trying lure John Tavares with bagels, to tracking planes at the trade deadline. Now, they’ve taken their talents to getting planes to fly over Toronto.

Yesterday, Matthew Kammerer organized a Go Fund Me in order to fly a plane with a special message on it to the Isles in Toronto.

The goal was to raise $3,587 in order to fly a plane with a “Let’s go Islanders” banner around the Toronto area to show our support from home. In just under 24 hours, the goal was reached and at the time of writing this there are currently 157 doners with $3,857 raised.

Here’s the message of the Go Fund Me:

"Let’s fly a “ LET’S GO ISLANDERS!!!! “ airplane towed message over downtown Toronto and Scotia Bank Arena during the exciting 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs!    Imagine our boys far from home and their families and the lift it will give them while they battle their way through the Eastern Conference.  Our fundraiser will provide us with over an hour of our LETS GO ISLANDERS banner making multiple passes above the home arena and city of our hated rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs.   Our message is sure to be photographed and end up on social media and maybe even television if we are lucky!   It will reflect grandly upon one of the fiercest and most passionate fanbases in the world of sports.  Won’t you please join us and bring a smile to our players’ faces as well as to Islanders fans all around the world….  If we fail to meet our funding goal in time to make it happen while the Islanders are still playing all donations will be refunded.Remember…. our fanbase has taken it’s lumps over the years.    But in the words of William Shakespeare “ Though she be but little she is fierce.”"

I love the idea. I think it’s an awesome concept. Could you imagine being away from home stuck in a hotel, and missing family and friends and you look outside and see a banner flying over reading “Let’s Go Islanders”

Watching the game yesterday and seeing a dramatic overtime winner and it being a home game with no fans in the stands was tough. It was tough because there’s no atmosphere like playoff hockey at the Coliseum.

I’m sure to an extent the players feel that way as well. I think this is a perfect way to show support for the team from a distance.

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Hopefully, within the next few weeks, we see a plane with an Islanders banner flying around Toronto. How much would it cost to send it by a certain former captain’s pool? Asking for a friend.

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