|Gord Lane |
Every championship team needs that one player to do the little things that may go unnoticed, but certainly not unappreciated. Gord Lane was the defender the Islanders needed to help bring greatness to Long Island.
Lane was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1973 NHL Entry Draft, but at the time was known more for his fists than his hockey play while in the minor league system. After several years in the minor leagues, Lane signed a contract with the Washington Capitals in 1976. After leaving the Capitals early in the 1979-80 season because of a contract dispute, Lane was ready to explore a new career path when Islanders GM Bill Torrey came calling.
Paired with Dave Langevin, Lane flourished in his new role with the Islanders. He was the tough stay at home defender that the Islanders had been looking for. It turned out to be a match made in heaven, as the Islanders won their first of four straight championships that season.
Lane would play a total of six seasons with the Islanders, totaling nine goals and 51 assists in 304 regular season games. In six playoff seasons on the Island, Lane tallied 17 points in 75 games.
|Gord Lane |
At the conclusion of the 1984-85 season, Lane retired as a player to take a head coaching job with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. He made one single-season comeback attempt with the Springfield Indians of the AHL in 1986-87 after his heart still desired to play, but hung up his skates for good to become the team’s head coach the following year.DenisGord Lane's All-Time Stats
25 YEARS LATER...A DYNASTY HONOREDSunday 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, next weekend is the 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 kick off 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. Several of 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, courtesy 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 3 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
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 Ceremonies.
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.
There are two great ticket plans that guarantee you seats at these in-demand games.Click here to find out about the Playoff Push Pack.Click here to find out about the 5 Star Plan.