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.
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, loud - you can't ask for anything more."
"I remember Game 6 of the first Stanley Cup," says Hall of Famer Clark Gillies. "I went out on the ice, and it was unreal, so loud, hair stood up."
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 in Belmont is magnificent," says Gillies. "It's going to be an event taking your family to that place."