The one ice product hasn't given much to celebrate of late. With five losses in a row, the New York Islanders are in absolute free fall at the moment. Not only are they losing, but they're losing big.
In the last five games, the Islanders have been outscored 23-12. Only once have they allowed fewer than four goals against in those five games. Again, not much to celebrate there. But off the ice, there was much to celebrate during alumni weekend.
New York Islanders was clear and necessary success
During the weekend the Islander family got to remember old friends and heroes. From the men like Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, and Bob Nystrom who brought us the dynasty era, men who brought us the 93 cup run like Pierre Turgeon and Benoit Hogue, to the men who weren't around during such great times like Darius Kasparaitis, Mariusz Czerkawski, and Eric Cairns.
But it wasn't just the players that were celebrated over the weekend. It was an all-out celebration of Islanders including the legendary voices of the Isles Jiggs McDonald and Howie Rose. Both made special appearances during the gameday broadcast on Sunday to the delight of everyone.
It was a top-to-bottom celebration of everything Islanders. A much-needed one for a number of reasons.
Tragedy struck the Islander family three times of late with the passing of Jean Potvin, Clark Gillies, and Mike Bossy. This celebration allowed us all to remember and smile when thinking of these men, their legacies, and the place they hold in our minds and hearts.
The alumni weekend was a much-needed win for the Islanders. A big applause goes
to those who helped plan and execute it. And of course, the owners whose effort to bring in the Isles alumni into the fold was a clear priority from day one that continues to show their stewardship is of this club is truly different.