Despite being an Islanders fan for about the past 14 years, I am an original Brooklyn-ite. Like many people my age that reside on Long Island, I moved with my family from Brooklyn when I was young. At the age of 8, in the middle of the third grade, my family decided to leave Mill Basin for Nassau County.
I can’t say I was a hockey fan at the time. In fact, I didn’t follow sports at all. Aside from being enrolled into the typical Little League baseball and soccer games that most kids went through, sports didn’t matter to me. And hockey? It wasn’t even something I really thought about unless I was hanging out with my friend who lived on East 53rd street that happened to be a Rangers fan.
Moving isn’t easy. There are a lot of things that need to be packed away when transitioning from one home to another. There are many, many things actually, especially if it’s a home that you spent several years in.
You have your clothing, furniture, pictures and little personal belongings, but there are several memories that cannot be packed away into a box and reopened somewhere new. You may have a few pictures of these memories, and although pictures can help ease the bittersweet hardship of leaving a place you called home, you are still leaving a part of you behind.
I can’t say that I’ve called Nassau Coliseum my home for 43 years. As a 27-year old blogger, I can only say that I truly appreciated that building for 13 years.
The Islanders have already surpassed the midway point of the season, embarking on the second half of a year that is marking the end of an era for this organization.
There are currently 40 games remaining of the regular season, leaving only 24 games left to be played at the only building they have called home for the past 43 years; Nassau Coliseum.
With the off-season moves that GM Garth Snow made this summer, many predicted that the last year at the Madhouse on the Meadowbrook would be a memorable one. But it’s doubtful that many Islanders fans and hockey pundits expected the Islanders to be sitting atop the Metropolitan Division as they prepare to face their biggest rivals tonight, the New York Rangers.
A few weeks ago the New York Islanders sale was officially approved by the NHL Board of Governor, making Scott Malkin and Jonathan Ledecky joint owners with Charles Wang until they take over the majority share before the 2016-2017 season.
Today the organization will be introducing Ledecky and Malkin to the media as the team’s new owners.
The New York Islanders have been sold by current owner Charles Wang to an investment group led by former Washington Capitals co-owner, Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin. Ledecky and Malkin have only purchased a minority stake of the team, leaving Wang in charge for the next two years.
Once the next two years pass, Ledecky and Malkin will become the full owners of the New York Islanders (Photo credit: Official New York Islanders/Flickr).
The NY Post published a story late last night on their web-site by Josh Kosman claiming that New York Islanders owner Charles Wang is looking to sell the team (Photo Credit: stayclassynet/Flickr).
According to the article, Wang has had preliminary discussions with a Manhattan investment bank called The Raine Group.
There have been rumors and discussions in the past on various hockey web-sites stating that Wang has been open to selling the team for somewhere around $300 million. However, the Islanders losing record over the years compacted with their massive financial losses may make that a tough price to sell.
The New York Islanders are heading straight towards the expiration of their lease with Nassau Coliseum in 2015 and still have no plan set for what will happen with the Hub, as well as the future of the Long Island's only professional sports team.
Recently, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano released a statement to Newsday that he is looking for developers that are interested in developing the site. His plan would have a master developer renovate or construct a new Coliseum that could potentially keep the Islanders here.
However, Mangano's RFQ (Request for Qualification) would provide the master developer the right to share revenue with the Islanders while the team basically remained a tenant in a building that the owner had nothing to do with being built.
Can you see where this already seems like a "wait...what?" scenario?
In the last several days, Chris Botta and Ed Mangano released some comments for Islanders fans that feel that their team's stay in Nassau is in jeopardy. (Robert Kowal/Flickr)
Kate Murray's twitter comments in April did not give many Islanders fans the belief that the team would be staying in Nassau County after 2015. While there haven't been any rumblings or re-invigorated talks between Wang and Nassau County, Mangano provided a glimmer of hope when he stated: