Coliseum Memories: Dynasty Islanders dominate on home ice

The Islanders dominated the NHL in the early 1980s: four consecutive Stanley Cups, 19 straight playoff series wins and a dominant home ice advantage at Nassau Coliseum.

News 12 Staff

May 4, 2021, 2:30 AM

Updated 1,075 days ago

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The Islanders dominated the NHL in the early 1980s: four consecutive Stanley Cups, 19 straight playoff series wins and a dominant home ice advantage at Nassau Coliseum.
Those dynasty players recall the Coliseum as a basic arena - but loud with the fans almost on top of the players.
"Best arena in the league," recalls "Mr. Islander" Bob Nystrom. "Fans are close and it's loud - you just can't ask for anything more."
"The hair on the back of my neck was standing up," Hall of Famer Clark Gillies says of Game 6 from that first Stanley Cup run.
Six years ago, Islanders fans watched the team move to Brooklyn - temporarily. Now as they get ready to leave the Coliseum once again, there's a different feel about the Islanders' new home in Belmont. Gillies and Nystrom give their blessing to the UBS Arena at Belmont
"The UBS Arena at Belmont is absolutely magnificent," says Gillies. "It's going to be an event taking your family to that place."


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