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CORE OF THE FOUR - Bob Bourne

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Sunday March 2: Allstate Core of the Four - Celebrating the 17 men who played for all four Stanley Cup-winning teams of the New York Islanders ...Purchase tickets here...


Bob Bourne
Renowned for his clutch play during the club's four Stanley Cup dynastic run, Bob Bourne was a gritty forward whose speed was unmatched on the team. Bourne was acquired from the Kansas City Scouts on July 1, 1974, spending the next 12 seasons as an Islander. Fifth on the Islanders' all-time games played list with 814, Bourne notched 258 goals, 324 assists and 582 points during his memorable 964-game NHL career.

The Saskatchewan-native led the Islanders with 28 playoff points during their 1983 Stanley Cup run, and stands fifth on the Islanders all-time playoff scoring chart with 92 points.

Many have argued that if Bourne had not been injured during the Islanders run for five Stanley Cups, they would have knocked off the upstart Edmonton Oilers in 1984. His speed would have been a valuable asset against a young Oilers team that included the likes of Gretzky, Messier, Fuhr and Moog.

Bourne scored the first overtime goal in an NHL regular season game after the league re-introduced the extra session. Bourne tallied the overtime winner on October 8, 1983 in a 7-6 victory over the Washington Capitals. Islanders fans still recall Bourne's remarkable end-to-end rush against the Rangers in the 1983 Playoffs, in which Bourne skated through all five Blueshirts before beating goaltender Ed Mio.

Following his final NHL season in 1987-1988, Bourne - while with the Los Angeles Kings - was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey.

The speedy Bourne currently holds the Islanders record for the most shorthanded goals in a season with seven, accomplishing the feat during the 1980-81 season. In the 1983 playoff series against the Rangers, he tallied ten assists, which remains an Islanders record to this day. While some of his records may one day be broken, he will forever have a place in the hearts of Islanders fans.


Bob Bourne's All Time Stats


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25 YEARS LATER...A DYNASTY HONORED

Sunday March 2: Allstate Core of the Four - Celebrating the 17 men who played for all four Stanley Cup-winning teams of the New York Islanders ...Purchase tickets here.

Islanders fans, coming soon is the weekend event of the season that everyone has been eagerly anticipating. On the weekend of March 1, the Islanders will honor some of the most remarkable men in NHL history as they kickoff Allstate Core of the Four weekend. As every Islanders fan knows, the Islanders were the talk of the town and the NHL during the 1980s, thanks to their incredible run of four Stanley Cups from 1980-1983. The Islanders organization is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the 17 men who were a part of all four championship teams.


FAN APPRECIATION DAY: SATURDAY MARCH 1

Saturday, March 1 is all about you, the fans. Fan Appreciation Day, when the Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers at 2 pm, will honor the greatest fans in the NHL. As a thank you, the Islanders organization will be giving away hundreds of prizes all game long. The Core of the Four Alumni will be attending our annual Fan Appreciation Day Game. Kids will also be treated to a post-game on ice puck shootout.

On the Nassau Coliseum ice there will be a presentation for the winner of Bill Guerin’s Chopper motorcycle, which is currently being auctioned off at newyorkislanders.com.

All fans in attendance will receive a team poster, courtest of Valtech. The first 10,000 fans can pick up Islanders trading cards upon entrance into the Nassau Coliseum.


Click here to purchase tickets to Fan Appreciation Day on March 1, when the Islanders take on the Philadelphia Flyers.



THE MAIN EVENT – ALLSTATE CORE OF THE FOUR DAY: SUNDAY, MARCH 2

The Islanders host the Florida Panthers at the Nassau Coliseum at 4 pm on Sunday, March 2, but the day's events start long before the drop of the puck.

If there was ever a time to be at the Coliseum, it would be at 2 pm for the Walk of Champions. Islanders fans will have the chance to cheer on the Core of Four as they make their way from the Marriott to the Coliseum in the ceremonial, red carpet Walk of Champions.

Fans will see the Core of the Four as they make their way into the Coliseum and on the ice, where they will be greeted by the game’s most prized possession – the Stanley Cup. This will be an event that will not be forgotten by those witnessing it.

The honored guests are:

Bill Torrey
Al Arbour
Mike Bossy
Bob Bourne
Clark Gillies
Butch Goring
Lorne Henning
Anders Kallur
Gord Lane
Dave Langevin
Wayne Merrick
Ken Morrow
Bob Nystrom
Stefan Persson
Denis Potvin
Billy Smith
Duane Sutter
John Tonelli
Bryan Trottier


Trainer Ron Waske and equipment manager Jim Pickard, who were with the team for all four Stanley Cups, will also be honored as part of the event. Hall of Fame broadcaster Jiggs McDonald will serve as the Master of Cereonies.

A special ceremony for the Core of the Four members will begin at 3 pm on the Coliseum ice. All fans in attendance will receive a Sharp commemorative Core of the Four banner.

Throughout the game, the Stanley Cup will be on display at the concourse for photo ops.


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