NHL: New York Islanders Deserve the Lighthouse

July 16th, 2010 by Brian Karpel Leave a reply »
Last night I watched the latest in the NHL Network's series "Raising The Cup," which featured Game Four of the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals. 

I felt frozen in time! 

To see the atmosphere at the Coliseum that night brought back such amazing memories. Fans trying to storm the ice, Billy Smith being ushered into the Islanders locker room for his own safety. 

Absolute pandemonium! 

The building has not rocked like that since that May night in 1983.

So here we are 27 years later. The team is rebuilding for the tenth time and battling to renovate its home to modern standards. The Town of Hempstead pretty much ripped Charles Wang's vision for the Lighthouse Project to shreds on Monday.

So where do the Islanders go from here? 

The Shinnecock Nation got Federal recognition on Wednesday, could this be the ticket for the Lighthouse to go on as planned? 

That's still years and hurdles away. Their main focus seems to be in the Hamptons, not in Nassau County. 

Does this spell the end to Nassau County's only major professional sports franchise?

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