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Ice ready for Islanders' first season in Brooklyn

by David Satriano

The ice is down at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the new home of the New York Islanders.

A time-lapse video posted on the Islanders Twitter account Tuesday showed the ice being placed in the arena, followed by the traditional logo being added at center ice. The Islanders previously said they would not change their logo or jerseys upon moving to Brooklyn.

The jerseys will include a commemorative patch for the inaugural season in Brooklyn, Newsday reported in June.

The Islanders begin the regular season at home against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 9. New York will play three preseason games at Barclays Center, the first on Sept. 21 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"We want to make it a tough place to play right off the bat," Islanders captain John Tavares said this summer. "I don't think too many teams enjoyed [going to Nassau Coliseum], so you want to bring that same kind of feel to [this] season."

The Islanders spent 43 years at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, winning four Stanley Cup championships from 1980-83. Each of those four banners, along with those of six retired numbers -- Denis Potvin (5), Mike Bossy (22), Clark Gillies (9), Bryan Trottier (19), Bob Nystrom (23) and Billy Smith (31) -- and ones honoring coach Al Arbour and general manager Bill Torrey will hang at Barclays Center.

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