The first day of Isles training camp was held at the Barclays Center earlier this morning. Fifty-one players wearing blue and orange rode into Brooklyn on the Long Island Railroad from GardenCity, laced up their skates, and took the ice for the first time in the Islanders future arena. Accompanied by the team's four Stanley Cup banners and a frenzy of media personnel, the Islanders added another monumental moment to the franchise's history book.
Notes on today's events, the Barclays Center, team jerseys, players and more can be read after the jump:
- Brett Yormak told the media that the arena will seat 15,813 fans for hockey, approximately 1,300 more seats than originally anticipated.
- Islanders owner Charles Wang says there are nearly 400 seats that are "less than desirable" due to obstructed views. It will be up to Yormark and his team to fix that.
- Yormark stated that the Islanders would not shift from their blue and orange colors after the team moves in Brooklyn, but they will add a third jersey and a patch that "speaks to Brooklyn."
- Merchandise on sale at the Barclays Center may reflect the anticipated changes, as seen below.
- Wang also mentions that the Islanders would be open to playing "a few regular season games at Barclays over the next two years."
- The plan is to see the team's current lease at the Nassau Coliseum to its end, meaning the team should be expected to play in Nassau through the 2014-15 season.
- The Barclays Center's scoreboard is off-center, but we already knew that, and it really is not a big deal.
On the ice, John Tavares found himself centering Matt Moulson and the newly-acquired Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Peter Regin centered a line with Michael Grabner and Cal Clutterbuck. Lines two and four remained the same from last season.
On defense, Travis Hamonic saw himself paired with Brian Strait, while Lubomir Visnovsky was paired with Thomas Hickey. According to Arthur Staple, Andrew MacDonald, Matt Carkner, Radek Martinek, and Joe Finley also practiced on the big club's side of the ice.
Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, Anders Nilsson and others practiced with "Group B," which consisted of the team's prospects.
All-in-all, Islanders fans, it was a big day for us. This is all real. It's happening. The new digs are nice, and it's time to embrace it. It's not all that bad. It's actually beautiful.
By the end of training camp: day one, Yormark said it best. "Welcome to your new home."
Thanks to my friends at Eyes on Isles, and the rest of those who attended today's event at the Barclays Center for this information.
I'm Chris Triants, and this is my blog.
Let's go Islanders!