Nassau Coliseum was dark, empty, and silent 9 months ago as the Islanders made it to the Stanley Cup playoffs’ conference finals for the first time in nearly 30 years.
The Islanders and the Lightning were playing a series in Edmonton, Alberta, but because of the widespread spread of the coronavirus, fans were not permitted to attend the games.
As of Thursday, though, everything were back to normal at the arena where the Islanders have played the vast majority of their home games since the team’s establishment in 1972.
For the first time in 28 years, Islander fans were able to witness their team’s return to an N.H.L. convention in person, and over 13,000 raucous fans.
Many of whom were wearing blue and orange jerseys of their favourite players, crammed shoulder to shoulder inside an old concrete barn to do so.
Islanders Return to Play Sharks After COVID-19 Pause
After having two games postponed due to many players being under NHL COVID-19 protocol, the New York Islanders met the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the team in New York City went back to training. Their games against the New York Rangers on Sunday and the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday were postponed.
The team hasn’t been able to practise since Saturday. The postponement of either game has not yet occurred.
Anders Lee, Kieffer Bellows, Ross Johnston, Adam Pelech, Andy Greene, and Zdeno Chara were all in protocol for the Islanders’ 1-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.
Despite being cleared to play on Friday, forward Josh Bailey did not participate in the protocol removal.
The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based out of Brooklyn, New York, who compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) Eastern Conference (NHL).
Four Stanley Cups have been won by the Islanders (1980–83). The Islanders, a professional ice hockey team that has been in existence since 1972.
It has spent its first 42 seasons playing in Uniondale, New York, earned its moniker from its proximity to that island.
Both of their first seasons together, the team had losing records. Before the 1973–74 season, the Islanders appointed Al Arbour as head coach.
And over the course of 20 full or partial seasons, he led the team to a record 740 victories.