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First NYI Hall of Fame Night set for Nov. 25

The New York Islanders will honor former all-star wing and dynasty member Bob Bourne when the franchise hosts its first Hall of Fame Night on November 25 at 7:00, prior to the Islanders game against the Washington Capitals.

Bourne was a vital member of all four Stanley Cup teams. For the Islanders, he ranks on the top ten lists of six categories: games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and shorthanded goals. He is sixth in all-time playoff scoring for the Islanders, with 38-54-92 in 129 postseason games.

"Bob Bourne is one of the all-time great Islanders," said team Senior Vice President Mike Milbury. "When you look at his body of work during twelve amazing years on Long Island, Bob is very deserving of this honor. We're looking forward to putting together an event that Bob, his family and Islander fans will never forget."

Bourne will be joined by his family and several of his former Islanders teammates during a pre-game ceremony at 7:00 pm before the 2006-07 Islanders take on Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

A banner honoring all members of the Islanders Hall of Fame will hang permanently in the rafters of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Bourne's name will be unveiled on the banner on Nov. 25, joining the automatic inductees that have had their numbers retired by the Islanders: Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, Billy Smith, Bryan Trottier, Clark Gillies, Bob Nystrom, Bill Torrey and Al Arbour.

In addition, a banner commemorating Bourne's induction into the Islanders Hall of Fame will hang for the duration of the 2006-07 season. There will be an Islanders Hall of Fame section on highlighting the careers of all nine members.

The Islanders are also looking into creating a space on the Coliseum plaza that will become The Walk of Champions, honoring the members of the Islanders Hall of Fame.

Acquired by the Islanders from Kansas City on July 1, 1974 for Bart Crashley, Bourne is the eighth-leading scorer in franchise history, with 238 goals and 304 assists for 542 points in 814 regular season games from 1974 - 1986.

"My great friend and teammate Bournie is so worthy of a night like this," said Islanders legend Bryan Trottier, now the team's Executive Director of Player Development. "Bournie did everything for our team. I wouldn't miss this event for the world."

Bourne represented the Islanders, along with Mike Bossy and Denis Potvin, at the 1981 NHL All-Star Game.

"I'm just blown away by this honor presented to me by Charles Wang and the rest of the Islanders organization," said Bourne. "Long Island has always been my second home, Long Islanders a part of my extended family. I cannot wait until Nov. 25 to see the fans and my teammates. It's going to be an unforgettable night."

Tickets for Islanders Hall of Fame Night will be available when first-half tickets go on sale in mid-September. Stay tuned to for ticket and event information.


NYI Top Ten Lists

Bryan Trottier 1123 
Denis Potvin 1060
Bob Nystrom 900
Clark Gillies 872
Mike Bossy 752
Patrick Flatley 712
Brent Sutter 694
Bill Smith 675
Kenny Jonsson 647


Mike Bossy 573 
Bryan Trottier 500
Denis Potvin 310
Clark Gillies 304
Pat LaFontaine 287
Brent Sutter 287
Bob Nystrom 235
Derek King 211
John Tonelli 206


Bryan Trottier 853
Denis Potvin 742
Mike Bossy 553
Clark Gillies 359
John Tonelli 338
Patrick Flatley 328
Brent Sutter 323
Stefan Persson 317
Derek King 288


Bryan Trottier 1353 
Mike Bossy 1126
Denis Potvin 1052
Clark Gillies 663
Brent Sutter 610
Pat LaFontaine 566
John Tonelli 544
Bob Nystrom 513
Derek King 499


Shorthanded Goals
Anders Kallur 19
Butch Goring  18
Lorne Henning 18
Bryan Trottier 17
Shawn Bates  12
Brent Sutter  12
Claude Lapointe 11
Denis Potvin  10
Zigmund Palffy 9

Game-Winning Goals
Mike Bossy 82
Bryan Trottier 68
Denis Potvin 44
Clark Gillies 41
Bob Nystrom 38
Brent Sutter 37
Pat LaFontaine 35
Derek King 30
Mark Parrish 25
John Tonelli 29 

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