New York Islanders in History

Events in Sport

  • 1971-12-30 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (NY Islanders)
  • 1972-02-15 Newly-formed NHL franchise New York Islanders hire Bill Torrey as their first General Manager
  • 1972-09-27 1st game at Nassau Coliseum, Rangers beat Islanders 6-4 (exhibition)
  • 1972-10-07 1st season game at Nassau Coliseum, Flames-3, Islanders-2
  • 1972-10-17 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins
  • 1972-11-04 Kings score 3 goals within 45 seconds against Islanders
  • 1972-11-22 Flyers beat New York Islanders and start them on 15 game winless streak
  • 1972-12-23 New York Islanders end 15 games winless streak
  • 1972-12-27 LA Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak
  • 1973-01-18 Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak
  • 1973-02-04 Islanders & Sabres had a penalty free game
  • 1973-02-07 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • 1973-02-10 2nd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • 1973-02-20 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins
  • 1973-03-31 Philadelphia Flyers score an NHL record tying 8 goals from an astounding 60 shots in the 2nd period of a 10-2 win over New York Islanders
  • 1973-10-27 1st time Islanders beat Rangers-3-2

  • 1974-02-06 3rd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • 1974-03-03 Despite Billy Harris' hat trick Islanders lose 3-4
  • 1974-10-28 1st time 2 Islanders hat trick in same game-MacMillian & Westfall
  • 1974-11-30 20th time Islanders shut-out (3-0 vs Canucks)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975-01-25 10th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 1st

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • 1975-02-08 Caps only got one shot in a period against Islanders
  • 1975-03-29 Only 2nd time Islanders beat Rangers
  • 1975-04-10 Rangers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
  • 1975-04-11 J. P. Parisé scores an 11 sec OT goal, to see the NY Islanders eliminate the NY Rangers in their ever 1st playoff advance
  • 1975-12-17 1st time NY Islanders shut-out NY Rangers, 3-0-Billy Smith's 5th
  • 1977-01-16 Cap's H Monahan scored on 2nd penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1977-02-06 4th time Rangers shut-out Islanders 4-0
  • 1977-02-19 Right wing Rod Gilbert scores a goal and adds an assist in a 5-2 defeat at the NY Islanders to become first player in NY Rangers history (11th in NHL) to score 1,000 career points
  • 1977-03-03 Islanders allow Red Wings only 11 shots on goal
  • 1977-11-19 Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 3rd penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1978-01-24 31st NHL All-Star Game, Buffalo Municipal Auditorium, Buffalo, NY: Wales beats Campbell, 3-2 (OT); MVP: Billy Smith, NY Islanders, G
  • 1978-01-28 Ranger's Don Murdoch failed on 4th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1978-02-11 25th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 2nd
  • 1978-03-07 Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 5th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1978-03-20 Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978-04-01 New York Islanders right wing Mike Bossy becomes first NHL rookie to score 50 goals in a season after scoring #50 and #51 in the closing moments in a 3-2 win over Washington

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1978-10-14 Despite Denis Potvin hat trick in 3:21 NY Islanders lose 7-10 making Islander record when scoring a hat trick-22-2-1
  • 1978-10-17 NY Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8)
  • 1978-10-18 NY Islanders 1st scoreless tie, vs LA Kings
  • 1978-10-24 NHL Toronto Maple Leafs set own team record of 28 pts vs NY Islanders
  • 1978-11-04 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3)
  • 1978-12-05 Islanders took 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins, Penguins' Ross Lonsberry failed on 7th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1978-12-10 Islanders ends 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3) to Canadians

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1978-12-23 NY Islanders center Bryan Trottier sets NHL record scoring 6 points - 4 goals & 2 assists - in 2nd period of 9-4 win over rival NY Rangers; adds goal & assist for game total 8 points; Islanders undefeated home streak stands at 16 games

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1979-01-27 Islanders ends 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8)
  • 1979-10-27 Islanders score 2 goals within 6 seconds 3 goals within 44 seconds
  • 1979-11-24 Kings' Charley Simmer fails on 8th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1979-12-23 NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1979-12-29 Red Army beats NY Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
  • 1980-01-26 Islanders & Whalers play a NHL penalty-free game
  • 1980-02-12 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets
  • 1980-02-24 Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders
  • 1980-03-12 NY Islanders 3rd scoreless tie, vs Pittsburgh Penguin
  • 1980-04-09 Los Angeles Kings tie NHL record with two shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Islanders)
  • 1980-05-08 Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game
  • 1980-05-15 Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
  • 1980-05-24 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: In first Finals appearance, NY Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4 in OT for a 4 games to 2 series win
  • 1980-11-04 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2)
  • 1980-11-11 Islanders' Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against North Stars
  • 1980-12-04 Islanders end 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) (Col Rockies)
  • 1980-12-31 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1981-01-24 Islanders scored 5 power play goals against Nordiques
  • 1981-02-25 NY Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
  • 1981-03-03 NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie
  • 1981-04-08 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • 1981-05-12 NY Islanders tie own record with two shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs Minn
  • 1981-05-17 Islanders score 5 power play goals against Flyers in a playoff
  • 1981-05-21 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: NY Islanders win back-to-back titles; beat Minnesota North Stars, 5-1 for 4 games to 1 series win
  • 1982-01-02 New York Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to start 23 NHL game undefeated home streak (21-0-2), 14 straight wins
  • 1982-01-21 NY Islanders begin then NHL record 15 game winning streak
  • 1982-01-26 Islanders score 4 goals within 1:38, 5 within 2:37 vs Penguins
  • 1982-02-09 34th NHL All-Star Game, Capital Centre, Landover: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 4-2; MVP: Mike Bossy, NY Islanders, RW
  • 1982-02-20 NY Islanders wins then NHL record 15th straight game
  • 1982-05-04 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 0
  • 1982-05-16 Stanley Cup Final, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC: 3-peat for NY Islanders; sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games with a 3-1 Game 4 win
  • 1982-10-14 Islanders assessed 108 penality minutes Penguins 125 (233 total)
  • 1982-10-14 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 1982-11-11 30th time Islanders shut-out-2-0 vs North Stars
  • 1982-11-23 NY Islanders & Minn North Stars play to an 8-8 tie
  • 1982-11-27 5th time Rangers shut-out Islanders 3-0

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1983-02-08 35th NHL All-Star Game, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale: Campbell Conference beats Wales Conference, 9-3; MVP: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, C

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1983-04-02 New York Islanders right wing Mike Bossy scores in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins to become the first player in NHL history to score 60 goals in 3 consecutive seasons
  • 1983-04-14 NY Islanders tie own record with 2 shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Rangers)
  • 1983-04-17 NY Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs NY Rangers
  • 1983-05-07 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • 1983-05-17 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: 4 consecutive titles for NY Islanders; sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games with a 4-2 Game 4 win
  • 1983-10-08 Washington Capitals 1st NHL overtime game losing to NY Islanders 8-7
  • 1983-12-20 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Pitts Penguins
  • 1983-12-22 Islanders score 3 shorthanded goals against Caps
  • 1984-01-26 Nordiques' Michel Goulet scored on 9th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1984-03-03 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Tor Maple Leafs (6)
  • 1984-03-31 Mike Bossy becomes first player in NHL history to record 7 straight 50 goal seasons; scores 50th and 51st of the year in a 3-1 New York Islanders' win at Washington
  • 1984-05-05 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • 1984-05-19 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Wayne Gretzky scores twice as Edmonton Oilers beat NY Islanders, 5-2 for a 4-1 series win; Oilers first SC title
  • 1984-10-13 Blackhawk Bill Gardner scores on 10th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1984-11-09 Most shots in a NY Islander game (88 - Isles 45, NY Rangers 43)
  • 1984-11-17 Islanders score 20 assists against Rangers
  • 1984-11-18 Flyers' Ron Sutter fails on 11th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1984-12-29 Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1932-11-01 Al Arbour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman, coach and executive (coach NY Islanders Stanley Cup 1980-83), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1950-12-12 William "Billy" Smith, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (New York Islanders), born in Perth, Ontario

Person of interestDenis Potvin

1953-10-29 Denis Potvin, Canadian born NHL defenseman (NY Islanders - Norris trophy), born in Vanier, Ontario

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin

Person of interestBryan Trottier

1956-07-17 Bryan Trottier, American NHL Center (NY Islanders), born in Val Marie, Saskatchewan

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier

Person of interestMike Bossy

1957-01-22 Mike Bossy, NHL forward (NY Islanders), born in Montreal, Quebec

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1962-06-10 Duane Sutter, NHL player (NY Islander)
  • 1964-01-14 Sergei Nemchinov, American NHL center (NY Islanders, Olympic silver 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1964-01-25 Bob Sweeney, American NHL center (NY Islanders, Calgary Flames), born in Concord, Massachusetts

Person of interestRon Hextall

1964-05-03 Ron Hextall, Canadian NHL goalie (Philadelphia Flyers, NY Islanders), born in Brandon, Manitoba

NHL Goalie Ron Hextall
NHL Goalie
Ron Hextall
  • 1964-08-23 Ray Ferraro, Canadian ice hockey center (Hartford Whalers, New York Islanders) and broadcaster (TSN Radio, TSN, NBCSN), born in Trail, British Columbia

Person of interestPat LaFontaine

1965-02-22 Pat LaFontaine, American NHL center (NY Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, NY Rangers), born in St. Louis, Missouri

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • 1965-02-28 Mikko Makela, Tampere Finland, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1966-02-11 Alexander Semak, Russian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Ufa, Russia
  • 1966-02-22 Brent Severyn, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Vegreville, Canada
  • 1966-10-25 Wendel Clark, Canadian NHL left wing (NY Islanders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967-02-11 Derek King, Canadian NHL left wing (NY Islanders), born in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1967-03-17 Chris Luongo, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967-08-11 Brad Dalgarno, NHL right wing (NY Islanders), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967-10-11 Dennis Vaske, American NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1968-04-30 Richard Pilon, Saskatoon, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • 1969-06-12 Mathieu Schneider, American NHL defenseman (NY Islanders, Toronto), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969-07-17 Tommy Soderstrom, Swedish NHL goalie (Sweden, NY Islanders), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Person of interestPierre Turgeon

1969-08-28 Pierre Turgeon, Canadian NHL center (NY Islanders, Montreal Canadiens), born in Rouyn, Quebec

NHL Star Pierre Turgeon
NHL Star
Pierre Turgeon
  • 1970-04-11 Trevor Linden, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Canucks, NY Islanders), born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • 1970-05-20 Niklas Andersson, Kungalv SWE, NHL forward (Team Sweden, NY Islanders)
  • 1970-06-02 Marty Mcinnis, American NHL left wing (NY Islanders), born in Weymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1970-12-20 Travis Green, Canadian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Castlegar, Canada
  • 1971-02-01 Tommy Salo, Swedish ice hockey goalie (Olympic gold 1994; World C'ship gold 1998; NHL All Star 2000, 02; Edmonton Oilers), born in Surahammar, Sweden
  • 1971-05-20 Niklas Andersson, Kungalv Swe, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1971-06-25 Robert Reichel, Czech hockey forward (NY Islanders, Olympic gold 1998), born in Litvínov, Czech Republic
  • 1971-10-05 Dan Plante, American ice hockey player (NY Islanders), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1972-01-27 Mark Lawrence, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, NY Islanders), born in Burlington, Ontario
  • 1972-05-05 Žigmund Pálffy, Slovak NHL right wing (NY Islanders), born in Skalica, Czechoslovakia
  • 1972-06-01 Mike Dunham, American ice hockey goaltender (Olympic silver 2002; NHL: Nashville Predators; NY Rangers) and GT Development coach (Boston Bruins, NY Islanders), born in Johnson City, New York
  • 1972-10-16 Darius Kasparaitis, Elektrenai Lit, NHL defenseman (Islanders, Pitts)
  • 1972-10-22 Scott Lachance, Charlottesville, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • 1973-04-23 Derek Armstrong, Canadian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1973-05-19 Andreas Johansson, Hofors SWE, NHL forward (Pitts, NY Islanders)
  • 1974-03-04 Jarrett Deuling, Vernon, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1974-05-14 Ken Belanger, Sault-ste-marie Ca, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1974-10-06 Kenny Jonsson, Angelholm SW, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, NY Islander)
  • 1975-02-02 Todd Bertuzzi, Sudbury, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1975-06-08 Bryan McCabe, St Catherines, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • 1977-03-05 Bryan Berard, NHL defenseman (Team USA Olympics 1998, NY Islanders)
  • 1984-04-27 Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec

Person of interestJohn Tavares

1990-09-20 John Tavares, Canadian ice hockey player (New York Islanders), born in Mississauga, Ontario

NHL Star John Tavares
NHL Star
John Tavares

Deaths in Sport

  • 2015-08-28 Al Arbour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman, coach and executive (coach NY Islanders Stanley Cup 1980-83), dies of Parkinson's disease and dementia at 82
  • 2018-05-02 Bill Torrey, Canadian ice hockey executive (New York Islanders, Florida Panthers), dies at 83