New York Islanders
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders were established in 1972, originally intended only as a team to block a rival hockey league from creating a team on Long Island. The Islanders played in Uniondale, New York for 42 seasons before relocating to Brooklyn in 2015. Some of the team's notable players have included Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy and Billy Smith.
Founding Year: 1972
City: New York, NY
Number of Stanley Cups: 4 (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
Mascot: Sparky the Dragon
Owner: Jon Ledecky and Scott D. Malkin
Head Coach: Barry Trotz
Stadium: Barclays Center
History of the New York Islanders
After the team's founding in 1972, they did not find very much immediate success in the league. In the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons, the team only won 31 games in total, with records well under .500. The team began their long history of success with the hiring of coach Al Arbour, who would ultimately end his 20 season run with a historic 740 wins. From the 1974-75 season all the way until the 1989-90 season, the team only missed the playoffs during one season (1988-89). In that time, the Islanders won the Stanley Cup four seasons in a row (1980-1983) with future hall-of-famers Billy Smith, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, and Clark Gillies.
The Islanders' success declined in the 1990s, only reaching the postseason twice during the decade and finishing last in their division on five occasions. Beginning in 2001, the team reached the playoffs in four of the next five seasons, though they lost in the first round each time. The six seasons after that found the Islanders at the bottom of the table, returning to the slump they found themselves in during the 90s.
In the team's most recent years, they are not finding any consistent success or failures, making the playoffs every-other season.
Islanders All-Time Leaders
Here are some of the Islanders all-time leaders for various categories: