New York Islanders to keep name after Brooklyn move, says report

Paul Bereswill

The New York Islanders won't be changing names anytime soon.

The New York Islanders have no plans to change their name when they move to Brooklyn in 2015, according to the New York Post.

The Islanders have long been trying to secure a new arena in Nassau County but couldn't find an avenue to make it come to fruition. Now, the team will be calling the Barclays Center home along with the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, who relocated from New Jersey this year.

Arena officials say the Barclays Center will hold approximately 14.500 seats for hockey, making it the smallest NHL arena.

Since becoming an NHL team in 1972, the Islanders have called the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum home. However, the arena has been an issue for the better part of a decade now due to a litany of issues.

The biggest problems included no mass transportation to the arena and a lack of current amenities.

The franchise has a storied history on Long Island, with the best times coming in the early 1980's. With legends like Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, Bryan Trottier and Clark Gillies, the team won four straight Stanley Cups from 1980 to '83.

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