The prospects of the New York Islanders and Islanders fans had the chance to witness hockey for the first time in Brooklyn. The Islanders prospects hit the ice for the scrimmage game in front of 6,311 fans.
The arena was packed with people who were there to see the upcoming prospects like: Michael Dal Colle, Matthew Barzal and Joshua Ho-Sang play.
Walking into the Barclay Center, you could tell that the atmosphere was different from the Nassau Coliseum. When you first walk into the arena, you see a huge sign that says “Barclay Center”.
Walking past the entrance and heading into where you could see a huge jumbo-tron and looking down at the ice, which has the Islanders logo on the ice. Fans could also see the different in size of the whole arena including a private club and the press box. I shouldn’t forget to mention the Sugar Factory store in the arena.
After getting past the newness of the arena, the Islanders prospect were welcomed onto the ice with the same entrance song as heard in the Coliseum. After introducing the lines for both teams, the game was underway.
Team white striked first in the scoring column. After the goal horn sounded, the fans started their “Yes Yes Yes” bringing some of the new tradition started in the Coliseum to Brooklyn.
Safe to say the first game at the Barclay’s Center was a much success. I have to say for myself. I was a little nervous about how the atmosphere would be not being at the Coliseum.