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CORE OF THE FOUR - Bobby Nystrom

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...

Bobby Nystrom
Mr. Islander, Bobby Nystrom, will live in the hearts of Islanders fans forever because of the shot that brought Long Island its first Stanley Cup Championship. But it was also the heart that he brought to the Islanders and their faithful that makes Nystrom so special to the organization.

Nystrom began his NHL career with the Islanders after being selected in the third round of the 1972 NHL Draft. At that time, little did anyone know that Nystrom would go on to log 235 goals (38 game-winning goals), 278 assists and 513 points in 900 career games - all with the Orange and Blue. Nystrom recorded 20 or more goals seven times and 20 or more assists ten times during his 14-year career. He currently ranks among the Isles top ten in just about every major category including: games played (third), goals (eighth), points (ninth), penalty minutes (fifth) and game-winning goals (fifth).

It was on May 24, 1980 that Nystrom secured his place in Islanders history. That day was Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals and the Islanders were looking to close out the Flyers at the Coliseum. The Islanders took a 4-2 lead into the third period, but could not hold their momentum and saw themselves tied 4-4 heading into sudden death overtime. At 7:11 of the first overtime, Nystrom would deflect a pass from John Tonelli into the Philadelphia net giving the Islanders their first ever Stanley Cup.

Bobby Nystrom
While helping bring four Stanley Cups to the Islanders organization, Nystrom quickly moved up the Islanders record books among playoff statistics as well. He currently ranks sixth in postseason scoring with 83 points, including 39 goals, 44 assists and 220 penalty minutes in 157 career playoff games.

Nystrom played all 14 seasons on Long Island and has stayed with the organization in other off-ice capacities since his retirement. For his contributions to the Islanders both on and off the ice, Bobby Nystrom's number 23 jersey was retired in a pre-game ceremony on April 1, 1995.

Bobby Nystrom's All Time Stats

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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.


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

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 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.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets to these two special games should click here. Act now, because these tickets are going fast.

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