Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Islanders: From Birth to Brooklyn

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Islanders: From Birth to Brooklyn

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The Islanders: From Stanley Cups to Brooklyn

Jan. 20, 1969 - Ground broken for Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

Nov. 8, 1971 - NHL grants expansion franchise to Long Island. Upon formally joining the league in 1972, the Islanders pay a $4.5 million territorial fee to the Rangers, allowing them to occupy Nassau County

Feb. 11, 1972 - Nassau Coliseum opens

Oct. 7, 1972 - Islanders play first regular-season home game at Nassau Coliseum, losing to the Atlanta Flames, 3-2

May 24, 1980 - Islanders win the first of four straight Stanley Cups as Bobby Nystrom scores in overtime to beat the Flyers in Game 6 at Nassau Coliseum

Feb. 8, 1983 - 35th NHL All-Star Game played at Nassau Coliseum; Wayne Gretzky scores four goals to lead the Campbell Conference to a 9-3 win

May 17, 1983 - Islanders win their fourth - and most recent - Cup by sweeping the Oilers

May 19, 1984 - Oilers win the Cup by beating the Islanders in five games, marking the Islanders last trip to finals

1985 - Islanders sign a 30-year lease, agreeing they cannot play any home games anywhere other than Nassau Coliseum, with Nassau County and Spectacor Management Group. Team later insists constrictive lease hampers ability to make a profit

1986 - An amendment to the Islanders' original territorial agreement with the Rangers allows them to move to Brooklyn, Queens or Suffolk County as well as play in Nassau County

Sept. 17, 1998 - Islanders file lawsuit against SMG claiming Nassau Coliseum is unsafe, temporarily move their offices to Manhattan, consider playing their games at Madison Square Garden, the Meadowlands, Philadelphia or Hartford, Conn. Team seeks to be released from its lease and be paid $10 million in damages

Sept. 30, 1998 - Judge rules Nassau Coliseum is safe, orders Islanders to continue playing home games at the arena

April 26, 2000 - Computer Associates founder Charles Wang and his business partner, Sanjay Kumar, purchase the Islanders from Howard and Edward Milstein and Steven Gluckstern for $187. …

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