New York Islanders: It is finally time to “Rock the Barn” again

New York Islanders. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
New York Islanders. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

After four long years of trekking to the Barclays Center, it’s finally time to Rock the Barn once again.

On October 25, 2012, the New York Islanders confirmed the inevitable.

After 43 seasons of Islanders hockey in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, or as Islanders fans called it, the Barn, they named the Barclays Center, their home come the 2015-16 season, when their lease runs out at the Coliseum.

Well, it wasn’t permanent.

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We all know that Belmont is on its way, and the Islanders will have a state of the art home that is really meant for Islanders hockey.

Even before that, though, we can say the words we have been waiting to say ever since they left-it’s time.

On Saturday, December 1, the New York Islanders will officially return to the Nassau Coliseum, now known as NYCB Live,  to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in a regular season game.

The team is in a different shape since they last played on that ice in a regular season game, also against the Blue Jackets.

John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, Travis Hamonic, and Jaroslav Halak have all been replaced by the new wave of Islanders–Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Pulock, and Robin Lehner included.

Anders Lee is the captain now. Jack Capuano, Doug Weight, and Garth Snow have been replaced by Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello.

There is one thing that definitely hasn’t changed–the New York Islanders fanbase is as strong as ever.

We are ready to do something that just feels right, feels like they’re meant to do, which is to take a drive to Uniondale, park your car, set up your grill and tailgate before a hockey game.

Time to just simply enjoy the time with friends and fans before you enter the Coliseum to watch the Islanders.

To just, and here is that term again, Rock the Barn.

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Islanders fans, it’s time. We deserve it. This is our true home.