Islanders owner Charles Wang was joined by many in the organization including President Michael Picker, GM Garth Snow, Assistant Coach Doug Weight, and team legend Mike Bossy at the Barclays Center. Also in attendance were NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Barclays Center CEO Bruce Ratner, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
At a press conference today in Brooklyn, the Islanders announced a 25-year long partnership with the brand new Barclays Center arena. The move comes after years of inaction and road blocks in their current home of Nassau County, while trying to build anew arena or renovate the 40 year old Nassau Coliseum. The deal erases any lingering doubts that the team would leave the New York area for Kansas City, Quebec or any other North American hockey market as it does not have an opt-out clause for the team.