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The CORE OF THE FOUR - Billy Smith

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...

Billy Smith
Known for his competitive edge and toughness on the ice, Billy Smith roamed the Islanders’ goal crease for 17 NHL seasons from 1972 to 1989. Smith’s fierce play on the ice and strong leadership in the locker room helped the Islanders claim four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships in the early 1980s.

Smith was acquired by the Islanders in the 1972 Expansion Draft only one year removed from winning the Calder Cup in 1971 with the Springfield Kings of the American Hockey League. Known to many as “Battling Billy,” Smith would earn a record number of penalty minutes for a goalie in his first season on the Island. Over the course of the next 17 years, he would go on to tally 38,126 minutes, 675 games, 304 wins and 484 penalty minutes while wearing an orange and blue uniform.

The Perth, Ontario-native played in all but one of the team’s 21 playoff games on their way to their first Stanley Cup in 1980. Smith achieved his best season as an Islander during the 1981-82 season, collecting 32 regular season victories, while taking home the Vezina Trophy (best goaltender) and leading the Islanders to their third consecutive Stanley Cup Championship. His 32 regular season victories set a franchise record, which has since been matched by Rick DiPietro and Chris Osgood.

Billy Smith
From 1980 to 1984, Smith led the NHL in playoff victories. With the NHL switching from three rounds to four rounds and from a best-of-five series to a best-of-seven series, Smith quickly surpassed all other goaltenders for playoff wins during his generation.

While Smith’s legacy will be known for helping bring the Islanders faithful four Stanley Cups, he is also remembered for scoring the first goal as a netminder in NHL history. On November 28, 1979 in a game at the Colorado Rockies, Smith was credited for a goal scored by the opposing team on their own goal.

After nearly two decades of Islanders hockey, Smith retired from the game at the end of the 1988-89 season. With 88 career playoff victories and four Stanley Cup rings, Smith would stay with the Islanders as a goaltending coach. In 1993, Smith was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and on February 20, 1993, his number 31 jersey was raised to the rafters of the Coliseum forever.

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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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