Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Price of Parking Going Up At the Coliseum?

Update: According to a season ticket holder on twitter, they confirmed with their ticket rep that parking will in fact be $15 this year like we speculated last night.

Going into the last season at the Coliseum, fans may need to pay a little more to park their cars before they enter the arena to see the Islanders play.

This afternoon, I received the information about pre paid parking passes for season ticket holders for next season.  The preferred parking pass will cost season ticket holders $445 plus a $15 shipping charge.  In the letter from the Islanders they say this is approximately a 30% savings.  That would suggest that the price of parking has gone up because at that price using last years price of $12 per game it would be only be around an 11% savings.  For the prices given by the team to be near a 30% savings it would mean price of parking is now $14 or $15 dollars.

I'm not aware if these potential increases mean the price of the $8 lot will be going up as well.

Wang Attempting To Move Barroway Suit From Manhattan To Nassau

According to Jim Baumbach from Newsday, Charles Wang is attempting to move Andrew Barroway's lawsuit against him from Manhattan court to Nassau County.

Wang claims that the suit should be moved because he lives in Nassau County and Barroway doesn't live in New York.  Barroway claims that there was a clause in their agreement that said any legal matters would be handled in Manhattan.  This is viewed by some as the first test of Barroway's suit.

A lawyer familiar with the suit told Newsday that the fact the contract isn't signed doesn't kill Barroway's chances but it does make for a tough road ahead.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Isles Set To Take Over Adventureland October 5th

Today, the Islanders announced that the fifth annual Islanders Children's Foundation Day at Adventureland in Farmingdale will take place on Sunday October 5th.

The park will open at 9:00 a.m. for season ticket holders and players will starting signing at 9:30 a.m.  From 9:30-11:00 a.m. the park will be open for season ticket holders only.  Season ticket holder bracelets will be $20 each with the money going to the Islanders Children's Foundation.  At 11:00 a.m. the park will open up for the general public and their bracelet will be $25 each with that money also going to the Islanders Children's Foundation.

You can purchase bracelets for the event here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Islanders To Honor 3 Former Players

According to Islanders Insight, the Islanders will be honoring three former players in the first half of this season.

On November 22nd, the Islanders will be honoring goalie Billy Smith.  Smith was a stalwart for the Islanders between the pipes during their dynasty in the early 80's.  Notorious for his hard nosed style Smith earned the nickname Battlin Billy.

On December 6th, the Islanders will be honoring forward Bob Nystrom who is most known for scoring the goal that won the Islanders their first cup in 1980 at 7:11 of overtime.  Over the decades since Nystrom as gotten the nickname Mr Islander for remaining on Long Island after his playing days.

Finally, on December 13th the Islanders will honoring forward Clark Gillies.  While Gillies was famous for his fights specifically with Boston Bruins agitator Terry O'Reilly, he was no slouch in the offensive zone garnering 697 points in 958 games.  Also, from 1977-1979 Gillies served as team captain.

If fans purchase tickets for any of these games through a special ticket pack here, they will receive special mini lockers of the honored player.  Season ticket holders will also receive a locker later in the season.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sound Tigers Sign 6 To Two Way Contracts

According to reports, today the Islanders AHL affiliate the Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced the signing of 6 players to two way contracts.  Those players are:

Forwards Peter Sivak, Michael Pereira, and Adam Phillips as well as defensemen Mark Nemec and Keith Seabrook and goalie Philippe Trudeau.

Last season, in 67 games for the Alaska Aces in the ECHL, Sivak had 83 points including 31 goals.  Also, in 3 games for Abbotsford Heat of the AHL Sivak didn't register a point.

Last season, in 34 games for UMass-Amherst in college, Pereira had 22 points including 11 goals.  Following the end of his college season Pereira played 3 games for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL where he registered 1 point in 3 games.

Adam Phillips was a teammate of Pereira last season.  In 34 games for UMass-Amherst last season Phillips had 15 points including 6 goals.

Last season, in 63 games for the Colorado Eagles in the ECHL, Nemec had 17 points including 5 goals.  Nemec also had 61 penalty minutes which suggests he brings an edge with his game.

Seabrook actually didn't play professional hockey last season.  His last professional time was two years ago when he played 18 games for Val Pusteria HC which is a hockey team in Italy.  In those 18 games Seabrook had 18 points including 8 goals.

Last season, in 67 games for the Ottawa 67's in the OHL, Trudeau had a 4.03 GAA and a .900 save percentage.  Following the end of his junior season, Trudeau played 4 games for Bridgeport.  In those 4 games, Trudeau had a 3.37 GAA and a .897 save percentage.

Meet Your 2014/2015 Islanders Ice Girls

This past Saturday, the Islanders held auditions for their 2014/2015 Ice Girl squad which will be the team for the Islanders final season at Nassau Coliseum.  It is unknown if the Islanders will continue with Ice Girls in Brooklyn, however given the fact that they started the idea and it has become a popular thing around the league I would think they will.

For a little bit of behind the scenes from audition day, check out a video here from Islanders TV.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Islanders News Tidbits of the Day

For what otherwise would've been a run of the mill quiet August day, today there were a couple news items related to our Islanders.

First, the team released their commemorative logo for the final season at the Coliseum.  The logo will be worn on the shoulders of jerseys by the players this season.  It is unknown as of yet if the logo will also be featured anywhere on the ice.  You can pick up pucks featuring this logo at the team store at the Coliseum.

The second news item of the day was that single game tickets for the first half of the season will go on sale to the general public on September 2nd.  The season ticket holder pre sale will begin on August 25th.  You will not be able to purchase single game tickets for the home opener on October 11th, any of the three games against the rival Rangers, or the final game at Nassau Coliseum on April 11th.  In order to get tickets to any of those games you will have to purchase a special two game package where you get tickets to one of those games and an additional game.