Today in Hockey History: March 31

Today in Hockey History: March 31

March 31st, 2020 This is a very important date in hockey history as one of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of skates was born on March 31. There were plenty of huge milestones that were reached on this date by some of the legends of the game, including a Hall of Famer’s final game. Happy Birthday,...
Islanders' Belmont Arena Construction Halted Over COVID-19

Islanders' Belmont Arena Construction Halted Over COVID-19

March 28th, 2020 New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on March 27 that the New York Islanders' Belmont Arena construction, slated to be opened for the 2021-22 season, has been stopped due to Coronavirus concerns. Initially, development continued as the rest of the state was virtually shut down with all...

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March 22nd, 2020
New York Islanders

In the last couple of offseasons, restricted free agents (RFAs) have gained more power over their second contracts. The Toronto Maple Leafs were at the center of this power struggle when they negotiated with forwards William Nylander and Mitch Marner. Nylander held out until the end of Dec. 2018, missing nearly half the 2018-19 season, while Marner signed shortly before the start of the 2019-20 season. Related: Islanders - Garth Snow's Most Memorable Trades Other RFAs, including Mikko Rantanen and Patrik Laine, also caused a stir, waiting until well into September before signing their contracts. As this unfolded, Islanders fans collectively held their breath, hoping their star, Mathew Barzal, could be signed and continue to be the future of the franchise. Rumors Begin to Swirl It doesn't take much for the rumor mill to get going on Twitter, but throw in months of Paul Bissonnette of the Barstool Sports' hockey podcast, Spittin' Chiclets stirring the pot, and these...
March 22nd, 2020
New York Islanders

It may be something most teams despise, but back-to-backs have treated the New York Islanders well over the past year and a half. They have been remarkable in the second game under head coach Barry Trotz and are 30-8-2 when they have games on consecutive nights. Even more impressive, they are 17-2-1 in the second game. Goaltending It is almost a given that the Islanders will use both of their goaltenders in these situations. They alternated in back-to-backs all seven times this season and have only had the same goaltender play twice in a row three times in the last season and a half on these occasions. Related: Revisiting the Islanders' Draft of 2009 The Islanders rotated goaltenders Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov through the first 33 games of the season. Each netminder has received 29 or more starts this season. Greiss has started the second night four times and is 3-1 and 6-1-1 in the past season and a half. Generally, in these games, the offense has not been a...
March 20th, 2020
Islanders History

The New York Islanders finished the 2008-09 season with the league's worst record. The prize for their futility, selecting first overall in the 2009 NHL Draft. There were a few options for general manager Garth Snow to choose from, center Matt Duchene, defenseman Victor Hedman, and center John Tavares. Snow did not show his hand until walked up to the podium and made his selection. It's been 11 years since that draft. Let's break it down. John Tavares (1st overall) The Islanders had the first overall pick for the first time since 2000 when they selected goaltender Rick DiPietro. Snow was in the third season of his rebuild and had to nail this pick. Tavares scored in his very first game in the NHL. Hedman, Tavares & Duchene {IMSO Hockey - Flickr} Tavares was everything that New York imagined he would be. (from 'Islanders captain John Tavares is the best player New York sports has to offer,' New York Daily News, 04/26/2016) He was a four-time 30-plus goal scorer...
March 16th, 2020
New York Islanders

This article was originally written in March, 2015. Remember Rob Schremp? Schremp was once touted as one of the NHL's most promising young players. He was a gifted playmaker and goal scorer who was well known for his magical hands. However, Schremp failed to translate his tremendous play in the junior ranks into a long and successful NHL career. Let's take a quick look at the player which Schremp was, and the player he became. Rob Schremp's OHL Career It was in the Ontario Hockey League where Rob Schremp became known as one of the most skilled and promising young hockey players in the world. His junior career began in Mississauga, Ontario with the Icedogs. In his first OHL season, 2002-03, Schremp won rookie of the year honours at the age of 16. He led all rookies in scoring with 74 points, including 26 goals in 65 games. Fun fact: Other members of the OHL First All Rookie Team in 2002-03 were Wojtek Wolski, Brent Burns and Mark Giordano. In his second...