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1980 NHL Stanley Cup Finals - Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders
1980 NHL Stanley Cup Finals - Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders / Focus On Sport/GettyImages
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C- Bryan Trottier

New York Islanders v Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Islanders v Toronto Maple Leafs / Graig Abel/GettyImages

One of the most recognizable figures to ever lace up the skates for the Islanders, Bryan Trottier was one of the driving forces behind the success the Islanders encountered in the 70s and 90s.

Trottier was a second-round pick of the Islanders back in 1974, making his NHL debut two years later. Following his rookie campaign where he accrued 95 points (32 goals, 63 assists), Trottier was awarded the Calder Trophy, given to the league's top rookie.

Trottier's rookie season was only a sign of things to come as he became one of the all-time statistical leaders in Islanders' history.

After spending 15 seasons in the blue and orange, Trottier would accumulate 500 goals (second in franchise history) and 853 assists (most in franchise history) for a total of 1,353 points (most in franchise history). He is also one of eight players in NHL history to score five goals in a game multiple times.

Trottier's most impressive season was during his record-setting 1978-78 campaign. The Val Marie, SK native finished with 47 goals and 87 assists (most in Islanders' single-season history) for a total of 134 points. His contributions earned him the Art Ross Trophy for the most points scored throughout the season and the Hart Trophy for the MVP of the NHL.

Aside from his four Stanley Cups with the Islanders, Trottier was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for the MVP of the playoffs following the club's first title in 1980.

In 1997 Trottier was inducted into the Hockey Hall-of-Fame. Additionally, in 2001 Trottier was memorialized in Islanders lore when his number 19 was lifted to the rafters.

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