So who else feels helpless as a fan right now?
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02-12-2013, 12:03 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Upstate,New York
As many of you know I'm a fairly new poster here and do not know me that well. I'm likely one if not the oldest poster here. I have seen everything in Islanders history from day one, I attended the first home game ever at the Coliseum. So many of you were not around for the early years. The Islanders had a record of 12-60-6 in their first season, good for all of 30 points.The word hapless was used all the time but not hopeless. Even in that first season Bill Torrey made some smart clever minor moves which proved important later on. We knew Denis Potvin would be coming the next year.
Year two-In comes Al Arbour Young players like Bob Nystrom and others improved, Potvin lived up to the hype winning the Calder. Though the record was still pretty bad, the Islanders cut 100 off their goals against. That team could not score but was competitive and not often blown out like they were in year one. After two seasons in the NHL, I had the feeling something good was going to happen here. Not four consecutive cups worth but something good. Then came 1974-75 still my favorite Islander team.
The point is back in the 1970's every day, ever game was exciting, as time went on, you could feel this thing building and building. With the current state of everything from the owner on down I just don't sense something is going to happen good like it did back then.
Despite all that has happened the last 20 years, nothing can wipe the taste away of those early years even before the 4 cups. You had to be there to understand what went on.
I could write a book on Islander history, I have seen everything. It was a pleasure to be in on the ground floor as a fan.
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