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NY Islanders arena hope still alive on Long Island

Saturday, 08.06.2011 / 8:31 PM / News

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Islanders may still get a new arena on Long Island, but in a different county.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy says he welcomes the idea of the hockey team moving to the eastern end of the island that he represents, as long as it's good for the team and for the community.

He said on Saturday he called team owner Charles Wang (WONG') last week to talk about the idea. Messages to an Islanders spokesman were not immediately returned.

Voters in neighboring Nassau County rejected a plan Monday to borrow $400 million for a new hockey arena.

The Islanders' lease at Nassau Coliseum ends in 2015.

Wong has said his goals for the team are to win the Stanley Cup and to stay on Long Island.

Quote of the Day

It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6