With 29.5 miles from Elmont, NY to Newark, this small corridor in the United States is home to three of the 32 NHL teams. Devil’s, Rangers and Islanders will soon move from the squeaky house of Long Island to Elmont. Uniondale.
With so much hockey (almost 10% of the NHL), the New York metropolitan area should be crazy about hockey. But hockey, Big Apple, and their surroundings sometimes had problematic relationships, and this was one of those times.
Rangers? They missed three playoffs in the last four years. They finally held the Stanley Cup in 1994, ending the 54-year drought and drowning the nasty islander fans who were chanting “1940!”. To commemorate the previous Championship of the Rangers.
Devil? Their legacy lies in the rear-view mirror, where they failed the playoffs in eight of the last nine years after losing in the 2012 final and lost for the third consecutive season. This is a significant comedown from the team that won the last three Stanley Cups of the 2002-3 season.
islanders? not bad. The playoff team has held impressive records in the last three campaigns. They are the last major sports team in North America to win four consecutive seasons from 1982 to 1983.
What made the record special was that it summarized the losses of the most teams in NHL history when it was founded 10 years ago.
Today, from Long Island to Midtown Manhattan to New Jersey, there are vast wastelands of broken sticks, dirty towels and unsharpened skates. Take the devil. In the current nine years of frustration, home fans have confirmed that they will win half of the game, or about 55%. Not so good on the other side of Hudson, where the Rangers have 55% chance of winning Madison Square Garden fans over the last four years.
However, the islanders have done very well in the last three years of playoffs, winning 71% of the game. However, it may take some time to get started this season. Play the first 13 games on the street and will not be in the new arena until late November. Isles is a pretty good road team and has won about 55% of away games in the last three years. Forty-one of the last 69 games are at home, and fans have already purchased 15,000 season tickets, giving them a strong end to the season.
It must be strange to be a team in Newyork or New Jersey and boo on your own biliwick. This is what happens when this trio visits each other. When the Rangers were founded in 1972 and the Rangers visited them at the Coliseum, the Rangers roar was greater than the Isles. After all, Long Island hockey fans have grown up as ranger followers. Of course, now islanders’ fans can’t stand the Rangers. The idea of
How about playing with all three teams? Eleven players were able to make that claim, and goalkeeper John Van Beesbrook was by far the best.
“It’s certainly weird,” said Van Beesbrook, 58, when asked about becoming a visiting player just a few miles from his home base. “Each team treated them differently.”
He remembered the difference between the arenas — the Nassau Coliseum “was a very noisy crowd in a difficult place to play. The Devil’s didn’t have a lot of anti-ranger fans. “
Vanbiesbrouck, who won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalkeeper during his time at the Rangers in 1986, is now the Assistant Executive Director for Global Affairs in USA Hockey. Most of his career was in the Rangers — full season from 1983 to 9 seasons. He then played for the Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers before returning to New York — this time for the Islanders in 2001. Later that season he played Devil’s and he played for another year.
“I think the devil and the islanders are definitely in a rivalry with the Rangers, but not so much between them,” he said. “Rivalry is built on the playoffs, and the Rangers have fought a spectacular battle in the playoffs with both teams.”
The Rangers have been pursuing stability lately. Gerard Gallant will be the 11th coach since he won the Stanley Cup in 1994.
Devil’s was even more turbulent. Lindy Ruff, who took over last season, is the club’s 14th coach since winning the 2003 Cup. But his resume is impressive.
And islanders? They continue to change ownership, but they are the most stable franchise of the three in terms of building momentum on the ice with the head coach. Barry Trotz has been behind the bench for the past three seasons — the 16th coach since the team’s last championship in 1983 (their cup-winning coach Al Arbor, who died in 2015, has returned twice. rice field).
Hockey in the New York area remains fluid until the islanders who fled to Brooklyn return to Long Island and soon return to their new homes. The creators of these three teams remind us of the difficulty of naming a hockey club. Let’s face it. It’s not natural to name a hockey team in Metropolitan New York, for example, the Maple Leafs in Toronto, the Montreal Canadiens, and the Vancouver Canucks. Calgary Flames? Well, they actually started living in Atlanta and simply kept their nickname. Calgary had nothing to do with the incinerator of Atlanta during the Civil War.
The Devil’s were actually the Colorado Rockies, a team of nomads who couldn’t attract fans to the birthplace of Kansas City, Missouri, or to the west of adoption. When they were planning to move to New Jersey, a name question came up. There is a legendary creature called Jersey Devil who seems to live in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The name was proposed, but the devil’s ownership was abandoned for some time, fearing the Catholic Church would oppose it. A state-wide vote was held and a total of 11 names were selected (including “patriots”). In the end, Devil’s got the most votes.
As for the Rangers, Madison Square Garden’s boxing promoter and majordomo in the 1920s were a companion named Tex Rickard. As a result, the newly created hockey team has become the Texas Rangers.
islanders? The owner wanted the name “New York”. They explained that everyone wants to beat the New York team. In addition, it offers built-in marketing. The people and politicians of Nassau County wanted a “Long Island” — after all, they were building an arena for them. Finally, in tribute to Long Island, they became New York Islanders — maintaining recognition of the big cities along with Long Island ties.
Now, in late November, when the arena is ready, they will return to Long Island again. Unlike frustrated ranger fans dealing with heroes in the early 1960s downturn, where one player booed or shouted from his suburban home, fans could warmly welcome them. It’s like playing a road game. “
The irony of playing in a big apple environment for hockey players is that they are on the road, even when they are near the house.