It was Throwback Tuesday at the Nassau Coliseum yesterday — but for some New York Islanders fans it might as well have been Nightmare Night.
During warmups before their game with the Florida Panthers, the Islanders dusted off an old logo from the 1990s. Some fans call it the Gorton’s Fisherman, others Fishsticks. But most die-hard Isles fans consider it a disaster. The crest was used by the team from 1995-1997, some of the worst years in franchise history, and when it was retired most thought they’d never have to see it again. But last night, the team brought it out of storage to commemorate Long Island’s Coliseum, which the Isles are abandoning at the end of the season for Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Whenever an American sports team wins a major championship, its victory tour usually runs through the White House. But yesterday was a rare twofer celebration at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Barack Obama welcomed both 2014 MLS champs the Los Angeles Galaxy and 2014 Stanley Cup winners the LA Kings to congratulate them on their titles.
As a Chicago fan, I’m a little resentful,” Obama said to laughter. “You guys have an embarrassment of riches.”
Legendary NHL goaltender Martin Brodeur announced his retirement today after a short, seven-game comeback attempt with the St. Louis Blues. Brodeur, who spent 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils before signing on with the Blues, will accept a front office job in St. Louis before presumably taking a similar role next season in New Jersey.
So what do you say about a goalie who won three Stanley Cups and more regular season games than anyone else in the history of hockey? The netminder's career was as lengthy as it was memorable, so it was no small task condensing it to just these five highlights:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Tavares of the New York Islanders matched a record with four goals, and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 on Sunday night in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star Game.
The wild, no-defense exhibition even featured a fake fight to go with goals in bunches.
The 29 goals were the most in the event's 60-year history, eclipsing the 26-goal burst in North America's 14-12 victory over the World in 2001.
In each issue of Sports Illustrated Kids, we feature three kids who excel in sports, does well in school, and gives back to the community. These young athletes do it all — on and off the field! Meet this month’s SportsKids of the Month!
Alexander Knisley, 12
East Windsor, CT
In October, Alexander scored his fifth hat trick of the season for the Enfield Eagles Peewee A team. In achieving the feat, the seventh-grade center raised his goal total to 28 in just 11 games.
The last time the NHL’s best gathered to play an All-Star Game was in 2012. (No game in 2014 because of the Olympics, and the 2013 contest was canceled due to the lockout.) And when they hit the ice in Columbus on January 25, they’ll be wearing, shall we say, interesting sweaters.
TORONTO (AP) -- Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi helped lead Canada to its record 16th world junior hockey title and first since 2009, scoring a goal and adding two assists in a 5-4 victory over Russia on Monday night.
"That was a once in a lifetime opportunity and we took advantage of it," Domi said about winning at home.