Sunday, May 29, 2011

Who's YOUR Mr. Islander?

Many great players have worn the blue and orange, from the dynasty years onward.

NYI Faceoff Circle wants YOU to decide which of those players best personifies what Islander hockey is all about.

Maybe you'll decide to go with one of the Hall of Famers from the Cup-winning squads, or perhaps you will throw a changeup, choosing a player from the modern-era. The choice is yours.

Please leave your responses in comments. The best ones will be featured in the follow-up of this segment.


Ryan said...

Ed Westfall.......plain and simple.TRUE ISLANDER, nkt only captained our team but also worked in the broadcast booth with Jiggs to have, what I would say could be called the "Voice's of the New York Islanders". No better team has or will ever sound as good as those two or bring as much to the broadcast as Ed could. Ed Westfal=My Mr. Islander!!!!

Dominick Mezzapesa said...

Bryan Trottier is far and away my favorite Islander of all time. I was a young teenager when Trottier came onto the scene and to this day, I have not seen that many players, with the calm, cool and collected play of Trots.

He was the glue to those great Islander teams of the 1980's. Trots was so smooth behind the net and when he was finally united with Bossy and Gillies it was magical.

Dominick Mezzapesa
Twitter @dmezz1120
WFAN caller Dominick from Hicksville

islesguy said...

Bobby Nystrom he's the face of the islanders

Mo said...

Being that I wasn't born yet to witness the great teams of the early 80's I'm going to have to go with a modern day player. I'm going to have to pick Tavares because he is currently the face of this franchise, and has a very bright future. Right now if someone asks me to name someone on the Islanders, he would be the first one to come to mind.

Twitter @metsflu

Billy said...

i'm going to go with a modern player too and that is Travis Hamonic.
It's too easy to point out the older players and you can't really go wrong with so many of them, but Travis has excited me greatly.
When i think of what an islander means to me i cannot help but think of what any good hockey player is to me. Hamonic represents everything i look for in a complete player: grit/strength,speed/skating ability,smart passer/hard shooter.
At such a young age for Hamonic to step into the NHL and constantly be shutting down the biggest offensive threats in the whole league (crosby,malkin,ovechkin,stamkos,etc) is mesmerizing. When Hamonic had his last year of junior there was a comparsion made of him and Shea Weber, and after watching Weber in the playoffs this year, i think the only thing seperating them at this point is experience and shot control. Watching Hamonic take players into the corners and come out with the puck went from "wow, did he just do that" to "I expect to see this all game long every game. I have no doubt in my mind that this kid once he actually matures (which is scary considering how good he already is) will become a name mentioned with all the other greats of this franchise.
I can't wait to watch this kids career progress.

gabe said...

Mike Bossy easy call he was on route 2 break many records until his career came 2 an abrupt end due 2 knee (seems similiar 2 someone else we all no) and bak inuries if it werent 4 those injuries he easily would be a name that would be mentioned next to gretsky, lemeux, hull....

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