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John Tavares was a guest today on?the Mike Richards in the morning program with TSN1050 in Canada.?Here are nine things we learned from Tavares:

1. On the move to Brooklyn - "It's going to be different, but we're all excited."

2. Talking about the atmosphere at the Coliseum in it's final season - "The Coliseum was really something special this season. Especially with the year we had and the way our fan base rallied behind us. It was a special place. It's up to us to carry that tradition over."

Tags: brooklyn, brooklyn islanders, Islanders, john taveres, new york islanders, News
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Brooklyn, N.Y. ? It was a successful night in the borough of Kings for the New York Islanders.

Nearly 12,000 people showed up to Barclays Center for preseason hockey. The Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in the shootout and fans finally had the chance to hear the goal horn at Barclays Center.

?Well it?s nice to score a goal,? Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano told reporters after the game. ?Last year we never heard the horn go off. Didn?t even know what it was going to be like.?

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Since the Islanders announced that they would move to Brooklyn back in October, one of the issues that has been heavily debated online has been the issue of getting to and from the arena and whether fans would make the trip from Long Island to the Barclays Center. It's understandable and unfortunate that due to the move, the team will likely lose some of its eastern Long Island fanbase and driving to the games will pretty much be a thing of the past. Generally, most of the debate hinges on how many people will fill the arena and how far they'll travel to do it.

Sometimes, in the debates that pop up on twitter, message boards, and even this blog's comments, things degenerate a bit -- as things on the internet are wont to do -- and focus on some deep seeded issues like the crime rates in Brooklyn and how dangerous a place the Barclays Center is. That comes partially out of truth; some of the crime rates in Brooklyn are higher than the national average. It also comes out of some inaccurate and paranoid places induced by fear and racism.

The arena itself resides in Prospect Heights, part of the City's 78th Precinct. According to the precinct's commanding officer Michael Ameri, crime at the new arena is virtually non-existent.

Tags: Arena News, barclays center, brooklyn, Islanders, News, Editorial Aside
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Nick Giglia spent two years covering and blogging extensively about the Lighthouse Project, referendum, and more on his blog LetThereBeLighthouse.com. It's no longer active, but it is an amazing resource for the history of the team's arena struggles. We thought it was imperative to get Nick's thoughts on Brooklyn.

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The Islanders acknowledged the sad reality of our times and followed me and hundreds of thousands of children out of Nassau and Suffolk. After following this saga for 8 years, since the original Lighthouse proposal was unveiled, I still have trouble remembering that this is real and it really happened. It's been so hard to just root for the Islanders these past few years because it seemed like everything was tempered by the fear of what would happen when 2015 rolls around.

Tags: Arena News, brooklyn, Islanders, News, nick giglia
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