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Islanders Premiere a New Classic

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

By David Hochman

Before the New York Islanders picked a piece to the puzzle of their future, the team turned the clock back to the past. At the 2010 Draft Party, the team debuted new road jerseys resembling the ones made famous by Mike Bossy, Bobby Nystrom, Clark Gillies, Billy Smith and the rest of the Core Four. For this evening and the foreseeable future though, the backs of the white, orange & blue read ‘Tavares' and ‘Moulson' – and ‘Gillies,' again.

John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Trevor Gillies strutted across a stage in the center of thousands of Islander fans at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to model the classic jerseys for the energetic crowd. Longtime fans who remember the Islanders' Stanley Cup victories of the 1980's welcomed back the pieces of history with open arms.

"It's reminiscent of winning times," Rebecca Bier of Farmingdale said. "That's what's great about it."

At a time when many businesses make product changes for the sake of improving the bottom line, the Islanders seem to be making their changes for a more admirable reason.

"I can't stand the fact that (teams) are constantly changing things just to sell more jerseys," George Schutz, a Malverne resident and nine-year season-ticket holder said. "Being an older person, I go back to the days of winning the four Stanley Cups. I just thought they were very cool-looking way back then and they still are."

It's not only the fans who appreciate the team's history. Trevor Gillies shares his surname with a key member of the historic Islanders teams. He recognizes it means something to the fans, while also understanding it has meaning to the current players in the franchise as well.

"It's an absolute honor to just wear this crest first of all," Gillies said. "But going back to the roots when they were winning Stanley Cup after Stanley Cup, four years in a row, that's special. Just to be able to wear the same colors that all those legends and greats wore is an absolute thrill and an honor and hopefully we can get deep into the postseason just like they did."

The union of the past, present and future of the Islanders is coming full circle with these new, but old, but really new jerseys. They aren't retro jerseys or throwback uniforms, but a symbol. On an evening when a young Swiss player was selected to help the future, the blue, orange and white ‘NY' crest symbolizes where this franchise has been and where it is going.

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