The Islanders had the banner made up after their astounding run in the playoffs in 1993. The NHL said the team could hang it in the Nassau Coliseum rafters for one year, according to a New York Time article written by Chris Botta, and then they had to take it down. That's when the team decided to give it away to a fan during a fan appreciation night, and when Vollmer happened to be sitting in the right seat at the right time with his two kids.
"In between periods I wasn't really paying too much attention," Vollmer said. "I had [my two kids] with me at the time. They were really small. They called out 336 and I started to pay little attention, then they called Row E and I payed a lot of attention. Then they called our seat number, and obviously we were thrilled to win it."
Since then the banner has spent most of the time in the attic of Vollmer's West Hempstead, N.Y. home. It has come out of the attic on several occasions, including in 2011 when the Islanders honored the 1993 team. It was hung in the exhibition hall during a pregame meet and greet between the players from the 93 team and fans.
Vollmer, a full fledged Islander fan since his dad brought home season tickets for the 1973-74 season, felt it was a no brainer to break out the banner for the Islanders' regular season finale at the Coliseum.
"I always felt the banner, like the Islanders, belong to Long Island. I just viewed myself as being the steward of the banner," he explained. "So I really wanted to have an opportunity to share it with all of the fans... We got it hung and we have been pleasantly surprised at the number of people that stopped by to take a look at it. A lot of people taking pictures with it, so I feel like I've shared it with the fans."
He estimated that between 50 and 75 people had stopped by parking lot 3 to view the banner.
Saturday wasn't Vollmer's last game at Nassau Coliseum, he'll be taking in the playoffs when the opening round series returns to Nassau Coliseum for Games 3 and 4. He will also be making the trip to Barclays Center next season.
Vollmer, who works in Manhattan, renewed his season tickets for the Islanders inaugural year in Brooklyn. "We'll give it a shot and see how it goes," he said.
Although, like many fans, there is sadness for Vollmer to see the old barn close down.
"It's very bitter sweet," he said. "The Coliseum has been a special place. I've always felt like I've grown up here. I was a vender here, I was here when the Nets won their two championships and I was here for some of the Islanders' championships. Raised my kids coming to games, and so forth, so it's kind of bitter sweet."
Saturday was more a celebration than a funeral for Nassau Coliseum. That, in large part, had to do with the fact that the Islanders will play at least two more games in Uniondale thanks to their postseason berth.
So fans partied in the parking lot hours before the puck dropped and "Let's Go Islanders" chants echoed across concrete jungle outside the arena. And of course, the now famous, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" chant could be heard on several occasions. The hours leading up to the game felt more like a Jimmy Buffet concert at Jones Beach than hockey game in Uniondale.
But that's one of the things that is so uniquely Nassau Coliseum. It's hard to find too many other NHL arena's where tailgating takes place, and it will be lost once the team moves to Brooklyn.
The Islanders have understood the significance of this season and what it means to leave Nassau Coliseum. For many of the players in the locker room, the Coliseum has been the only NHL home the've know and the memories they've created there will stay with them long after the move.
"Obviously my first goal is something I'll never forget," Anders Lee said. Lee scored his first career NHL goal on April 2, 2013 on the first shot of his NHL debut. "Really I've tried to take in every game we've played here and enjoy the last season. Really take everything you could from it."
For the captain, John Tavares, he will always look back cherish the memory of his first game in the league. Tavares made his NHL debut on October 3, 2009 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The first overall pick in the 2009 draft scored in the second period in front of a sold out Nassau Coliseum.
The Coliseum is often looked as old and antiquated, and in reality it is for today's standards. But for the pure viewing pleasure of watching a game and fan experience, the Coliseum is like no other building.
"It's the old building and the old roof," Tavares said. "You just have the true, passionate fan. There's not too many boxes in this rink or any suits. It's just everyones on top of you. Certainly the loyalty of the fans here and they certainly show it. I think that will always be the memories.
"Certainly the quirks in the locker room and being around the guys, and all those things are all things you'll always remember."
The fans and the players will have their memories from Nassau Coliseum, and perhaps even some new memories will be made when Games 3 and 4 of the Islanders' opening round series against the Washington Capitals takes place next week.