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Islanders unveil third jersey for Brooklyn move

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The New York Islanders unveiled a third jersey Wednesday that marks their first season in Brooklyn, which begins at Barclays Center on Oct. 9 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"It definitely feels like we're moving there now when you see those," forward Frans Nielsen told the Islanders website.

The jersey is black with white trim and white numbers that includes a large "NY" from the Islanders' secondary logo on the crest with four orange lines through the "Y" representing their Stanley Cup championships. There is a small "B" on each side of the uniform to represent Brooklyn.

The pants and gloves are black, and there is a "NY" logo on the left pant leg of each uniform.

"They look really good in person," forward Anders Lee said. "We had a chance to put them on today. It's up and live, and we're really looking forward to wearing them. Black helmets, black pants, it'll be really clean."

Defenseman Johnny Boychuk said he likes them for another reason.

"The black will make us look more intimidating," he said. "We're one of the teams that hits the most throughout the League. I played in black jerseys before (with the Boston Bruins), and they make you look a lot bigger than people think."

The helmets have a "BKLYN" logo, and the jerseys (along with every jersey they wear this season) have patches for their first season in Brooklyn on the right sleeve. There is another patch reading "AL" on the left sleeve to honor Al Arbour, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Islanders to the Stanley Cup four times and passed away in August.

"It was extremely important to ensure that our passionate fan base could still see the traditions of the New York Islanders represented in this third jersey," general manager Garth Snow said. "We feel we've created a jersey our players will be proud to wear that has unique features which will also connect with Brooklyn residents."

The Islanders will debut the jerseys Nov. 3 against the New Jersey Devils and wear them for 12 games during the regular season.

"[Jerseys are] obviously a big part of the history of the team and very important to the organization and the fan base," captain John Tavares said. "As players we recognize that and want to add another one."

The Islanders played their first 43 seasons at Nassau Coliseum.

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