Despite playing his last game in an Islanders uniform nearly 20 years ago, Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier still knows how to attract a crowd on Long Island. Nearly 200 people stopped by to attend his book signing at the Islanders Team Store at the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa on Monday night.
Fans had the opportunity to purchase either "Legend Pursuit" or the Islanders' children's book, "A To Zamboni" before meeting Trottier—who in typical fashion—was eager to talk to his fans.
"It's becoming generational for me," said Trottier. "Fans brought pictures of themselves with me when they were eight or nine-years-old. And now they're bringing their kids. For me, it's wonderful because there are three generations now. They get to share some memories with their kids and hopefully we're inspiring a new generation of Islanders fans of the future. We had some great times on Long Island. Those were wonderful days."
Fans brought a large assortment of items for Trottier to sign—including yearbooks and posters from the Dynasty years. Trottier was particularly excited to see some of the older souvenirs.
"There was one yearbook from 1983," said Trottier, "I have my hand on the Stanley Cup and my arm in the air on that one. It's fun having memories like that."
Many of the fans Monday night remember Trottier very well from the Cup years, including Larry Dellerba, who attended the signing with son, Dylan.
"I've been going to Islanders games since the second season," said Dellerba. "Trottier was a grinder. He was a leader, and I don't think there would have been four Cups without him. Those teams were exciting to watch. They never gave up."
Hal Keith from the Bronx and Howie Cohn from Merrick arrived particularly early to ensure they would be guaranteed an autograph.
"He was a tremendous two-way hockey player," said Cohn of Trottier. "He was one of—if not—the best players on the ice during his time, from day one. I remember his first game at home, he scored a hat trick. And he's a great guy."