After one dinner with Lou Lamoriello, legendary coach Rick Pitino bought Islanders season tickets for the next three years.
The Islanders are trending in the right direction. After a trip to the second round in year one of Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello, in year two they took it to another round to the Eastern Conference Final this past year.
It’s been fun watching this team return to relevancy and Islanders fans aren’t the only ones realizing that. Isles GM, Lou Lamoriello had dinner with legendary basketball coach, Rick Pitino who is now at Iona.
After one dinner, Lou was able to convince Pitino to be all in as
that he locked in season tickets for three years:
After 3.5 hours, Lou was able to convince Pitino to buy season tickets. Amazing. Lou is doing a great job both on and off the ice for the Islanders franchise after a long period of dark times that Islanders fans would be the first to tell you about.
Pitino feels like Lamoriello will bring a Stanley Cup to the Islanders, which was one of the main reasons he locked himself into a three-year deal as the newest season ticket member.
Pitino is familiar with the area as he was the head coach of the Knicks from 1987-1989 and he went to high school in Oyster Bay, so Long Island isn’t an unfamiliar place to this two-time NCAA champion.
With the addition of Pitino and Damien Woody, former athletes and people in the New York sports scene are buying in. These are the things you love to see and it’s not too late to build this bandwagon up even more.
As the Islanders continue to compile successful seasons, and with the new building coming, there is going to be more deserved attention around this team. Which is what we should all want anyway.
Welcome aboard Ricky, tell your friends to get in on the Isles while they can.