The New York Islanders are coming to Brooklyn…in 2015-16. That’s obviously not news at this point, but in order to market their arrival in a couple of years the Isles held a training camp session in Brooklyn this week and will play a preseason game against the Devils at the Barclays Center on Sept. 21.
Reporters were invited to the training camp on Thursday and were shown around the arena to demonstrate how it will be converted into one suitable for hockey. We were also given time after their ice session to interview some of the players about their experience in Brooklyn.
It is a little weird for some of the players though as they would love to play in a new state-of-the-art arena, but also have ties to the fans back in Long Island. So it was a little bitter sweet. Our own John Torenli asked some of the players about that after the skating session and he got a rather candid answer from at least one of the players.
“It sucks (that we couldn’t find a way to stay on Long Island),” admitted forward Matt Moulson. “I’ve never been here before, but I think Brooklyn will make for a very energetic crowd. It’s tough to leave Long Island and all the fans that have been there for us through the years. But it’s not something we as players can’t worry about. It’s not in our control. As players, we have to put ourselves in position to have every advantage possible, which this building will do.”
The team’s captain, John Tavares, was a little more diplomatic though when he said at least they didn’t move farther away.
Be sure to read the rest of J.T.’s story here.