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Islanders to honor Billy Joel with bobblehead

Long Island native, rock legend to have night against Red Wings on Dec. 15

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Billy Joel has been a New York Islanders fan for "The Longest Time," and the rock legend will be rewarded with his own bobblehead by the team.

The Islanders will host "Billy Joel Night" against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 15 at NYCB Live (formerly Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum), with the first 10,000 fans receiving a bobblehead of the singer wearing an Islanders jersey and cap while playing a piano, which has an Islanders logo on it. The jersey will have No. 34 on it, since he will be playing his 34th show at the arena on New Year's Eve.

At 7 o'clock on a Saturday, the regular crowd will shuffle in with plenty of tributes to the "Piano Man" singer. All fans in attendance will be entered for a chance to win four tickets to his New Year's Eve show.

Joel, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, performed the final concert prior to a two-year renovation, and then played the first show when the remodeled building opened in 2017. He has a banner honoring him hanging in the arena.

The six-time Grammy Award winner, who has been nominated 23 times and has charted 33 Top 40 hits in the United States has sold more than 150 million records and is one of the best-selling artists of all time.

The Islanders, who played at Nassau Coliseum from 1972-2015 prior to moving to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will play 21 of their 41 home games at NYCB Live this season.

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