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CORE OF THE FOUR - Butch Goring

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...

Butch Goring
The Islanders will honor the 17 players that comprised the Islanders dynasty, along with GM Bill Torrey and Coach Al Arbour at the Core of 4 Celebration on Sunday, March 2 at 2:00 pm when the team hosts the Florida Panthers. This is one in a series of tributes to the members of the Core of 4.

His name is synonymous with the ultimate trade deadline acquisition. No matter the sport, you'll hear commentators discuss how this team or that team “needs the big move to put them over the top, needs a Butch Goring trade.” It all started during the 1979-80 season when the Islanders looked like they might never reach their great expectations. Realizing he needed a second center to take some of the pressure off all-star Bryan Trottier, Islanders general manager Bill Torrey swung a deadline-deal on March 10, 1980. He acquired Goring from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for winger and first ever Islander junior draft pick Billy Harris and steady defenseman Dave Lewis. The trade was not without controversy at the time, as Harris and Lewis were very popular on Long Island among teammates and fans. Even Torrey hated to do the deal from a personal standpoint, as he grew attached to his players. But from a business standpoint, he felt the deal needed to be done.

Goring had four consecutive 30-plus goal seasons with Los Angeles centering a second line behind the famous “Triple Crown” line of Marcel Dionne, Charlie Simmer and Dave Taylor. Torrey figured that Goring, whose speed and work ethic were above and beyond the call of duty, could take some of the pressure off Trottier and give New York's opponents two lines to worry about.

Though the team suffered emotionally, since both Harris and Lewis were extremely popular in the locker room, the Islanders rebounded quickly. Goring stepped right into the fray and helped the Islanders finish the season with a 12-game unbeaten streak (8-0-4). As Torrey had hoped, he gave the Islanders another weapon for their arsenal – one who could skate like the wind, win faceoffs, kill penalties, dig in the corners, assist his wingers and score.

The rest is Islanders history.

The Islanders won the Stanley Cup in 1980, but it was the next Cup that Goring will always be remembered for. He was a total standout in the 1981 playoffs, especially in the finals against the Minnesota North Stars. After winning the first two games, it was Goring that just about single handedly won Game 3 for New York. Trailing 3-1 at the Met, Goring notched a hat trick to help the Isles win the game 7-5 for a 3-0 series lead. And after losing the next game, Goring scored two goals in the first period of Game 5 at home as the Islanders won the game 5-1 and their second straight championship. Goring's name was etched on the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs.

Goring went on to win two more Cups with the Islanders and stayed on until the Bruins claimed him off waivers in January, 1985. But ask anyone around the Islanders dynasty, without Butch Goring, there may not even have been a first Stanley Cup.

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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.

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