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10-24-2012, 08:36 PM
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OlTimeHockey
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The sitelines. (best out there!)
The noise level.
The feeling of closeness to every fan in your section.
The parking lot experience (waiting as a kid to get Ny and Potvin and Hogue and Patty Lafontaine to sign) (Vukota never would)
The ability to point to where THE GOAL was.
The ability to describe the Uwe Krupp goal being scored after the Isles won and fans stayed.
The Hempstead Tpke parades.
It was Long Island.
It was OUR TEAM, not some corporate feel franchise experience.
The ice housed all of our greats.
The history within made a dull building a museum for those who cared about the team more than the restrooms.
The concourse was part of the closeness felt.....Long Island, not Anaheim or Toronto or Phoenix. We had fans and friends to bump into and get to know.
The chants. We had great people through the years yell the funniest stuff.
You could get to your seat within a minute or two without elevators or 50 stair cases.
The size was ideal (wish it had more luxury boxes, but.....)
The banners and attention to our past was pure in those rafters. We made the building, we didn't just play there.

I could go on. A lot of the feeling taken for granted will forever be lost in 2015.

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