New York Islanders: Plea to Nassau County Residents Regarding New Coliseum Vote

July 29th, 2011 by Daniel Friedman Leave a reply »
With August 1st nearing, this writer would like the opportunity to share his thoughts on the arena debate.

Everyone knew there would be multiple opinions—different sides of the spectrum. Everyone knew there would be proponents and opponents. And, as was to be expected, the issue quickly became a political one.

But I'm not here to talk about politics or taxes, Democrats or Republicans (there's a fantastic article over at Lighthouse Hockey on that aspect of the campaign).

I'm here to talk about Nassau County, the place I've called home for 15 years now. The place where I'd love nothing more than to, one day, raise a family of my own.

As a young kid, I used to go to Nassau Coliseum to dream. And sure, the team stunk at the time. They wore the "fish sticks" jerseys, the whole to do.

But none of that mattered because, as far as I was concerned, I got to see these players skate, shoot and pass better than I had ever seen in my entire life. I was six years old and had only been playing hockey for 15 months.

Nassau Coliseum is a special place for anyone who has childhood memories there, whether it's because you had the chance to witness ...

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