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The Allstate Core of the Four celebration, honoring the 17 men who made up the 4-time champion Islanders, is less than three days away.
To get the party started, Core of the Four members Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Ken Morrow and Bob Nystrom paid a visit to the NHL Powered by Rbk store on the Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon. Sponsors and Islanders Business Club members attended the private event, which included a panel discussion moderated by NHL Radio's EJ Hradek.
Starting at 1 pm, the NHL Powered by Rbk store was packed with local media outlets. Paying a special visit was the Soprano's Joseph Gannascoli, who was conducting interviews for Press Pass TV
"It's great to see so much interest in the Core of the Four weekend," said Bossy. "All of us are really looking forward to being together again and sharing that experience with the fans. Being at the NHL store was a great way to kick things off."
The four alumni were also heard over the air on the NHL's XM channel – 204 – which broadcasts live from the back of the NHL Powered by Rbk store. Hosting the show were Hradek and Don LaGreca. Each Core of the Four member took turns answering questions from the hosts.
The main event – the panel discussion – included sponsors and IBC members, who had the opportunity to not only listen to the former Islanders players tell their stories, but also ask questions regarding their teammates and head coach Al Arbour.
"I still enjoy the heck out of these reunions with all of my former teammates," said Morrow. "I keep thinking that nobody is going to remember us, but they still do."
Trottier, Bossy, Nystrom and Morrow spoke for an hour recounting tales from their Cup-winning days. They spoke vividly of memories 25 years ago as if they were chatting with one another in the locker room. It was a memorable event with stories that those in attendance will not soon forget.
"These events never get old," said Trottier. "I love sitting around and telling stories with three great guys, like Bobby Nystrom, Mike Bossy and Kenney Morrow. We talk about fun stuff and tease each other.
What can be better than sharing stories with hockey fans?"Click here to access NHL.com’s coverage of the Core of the Four event at the NHL Powered by Rbk store on Thursday afternoon.
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.
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