The New York Islanders are a busted paper.
For a team that spent the better part of the last decade rebuilding and adding pieces, it’s an easy sell.
But that’s the story of the Islanders, the story that was not the best way to tell the story.
This is a story of how they got there, of how the franchise was built, and of how it’s changed.
From the beginning, it was a tough sell.
A former NHL player who was once in the same locker room with a young man who was now an All-Star, Ivey and his wife had a vision: they wanted a team for the people.
Their goal was to create a franchise that would give the city of New York a team.
The Islanders were an outgrowth of the New Jersey Devils, the hometown team of former NHL players and former Islanders GM Mark Hunter.
The New Jersey team was led by former NHLer Steve Yzerman, who was in his 20s at the time, and the New Yorker franchise had its roots in the early days of hockey in Jersey.
The idea for the Islanders came from Hunter, who became the head coach of the Devils and was a mentor to Yzeman, and Ivey.
He was there when the team was created in 1984, and he was a huge part of its success.
“I knew Mark in Jersey, he was the guy who had the first idea, he made me an offer to be the general manager,” Ivey said.
“It was just a coincidence that I was there at the same time.
I had played hockey in New Jersey, I had a very good relationship with Mark.
He put me in front of the team, and we built a winning hockey team. “
The first two years, I was pretty much on my own, and when Mark came in, he started working with me.
He had a big heart and he had great respect for his players and for the organization. “
Mark’s influence and the way he handled things, I really appreciated it.
He had a big heart and he had great respect for his players and for the organization.
I was very lucky to have him around.”
From the start, the idea was to build a team, not a franchise.
Ivey was the first one to hire Yzman as GM.
“We had a few people who wanted to come in, but Mark was the one that really made the decision,” Ivey said.
Iveys wife, Jane, was there with him, along with the two other founders of the company, John and Kathy, the father of the franchise, and his brother, Steve.
“When Mark got there and we got on the phone with him,” Ivy said, “he told us, ‘This is not a rebuild, this is not rebuilding, this will be a new team.’
He said, ‘Look, you guys have to understand, this franchise is not built for you.
It had to be something that was going to change the game. “
We knew we had to build something that could be the foundation for the next generation.
It had to be something that was going to change the game.
We had to give back to the community.”
The first draft picks of the 1985-86 season were the New Haven, Connecticut native Mark Hunter, the former Devils’ coach, and a first-round pick in the 1986 draft by the New Orleans Saints.
The team was renamed the Albany Devils and renamed the Rangers.
They were to be led by John Wayne Gretzky and Wayne Gretzin.
The first of the new team’s star players, Wayne Gretzlaf, was a star with the New England Patriots and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The second was Joe Sakic, who would go on to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Dallas Stars, the Los Angeles Kings, and, most recently, the Toronto Maple Leaf.
The third was Derek Boogaard, the captain of the Edmonton Oilers, who went on to be named captain of Team Canada at the world championships in 2006 and the 2010 Olympics.
The fourth was a pair of young New York native defensemen, Mark Messier and John Tavares, both of whom were drafted in the second round of the NHL draft.
They would play together for the franchise for two more seasons, and in 1992-93, they were both named to the All-Rookie First Team.
It was a team built on hard work and dedication.
“They came to town, and there were a lot of people that were here to see what this team was about, to see how we could build it,” Ivin said.
When Iveyer and his son, Steve, moved into the building where the Rangers were to play their first game, they decided to bring in a few of their friends from New Jersey and bring along their daughter, Erin, to get them ready for the game that was to be played at the new arena