Blog: Isles Clinch, Who’s The First Round Opponent?

April 7, 2016

The New York Islanders clinched a playoff spot a few days ago against the Washington Capitals and are going for the second year in a row and their third year in four. A gutsy player performance and a coach, whose job mayor may not still be on the line, finally called out a few players and the team responded after they had a team-only meeting before the game. Before I…


Hockey from the Blind Side, Hearing is Believing

Let me begin by stating that I am extremely happy that we will be salvaging part of the season and that both hockey and the New York Islanders are back. I was going through hockey withdrawals and was NOT a happy camper as the canceled weeks of the season kept being announced. I love the game, I love the Isles and I am relieved beyond words that we will, at…

January 13, 2013

We are BACK!!!

Well – I would assume that we will. As you all probably know – as of early this morning, the NHL and the NHLPA have tentatively agreed on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  For the next 10 years (maybe 8), the league will have some stability and give the fans the chance to root their favorite teams once again. We should have a 48 game season or so, and should…

January 6, 2013

Where’s Waldo (Ricky)

Well – it seems that the goaltender is back in the states, after all…. Rick DiPietro, has returned from Germany.  He played all but one game for SC Riessersee, and apparently, came back to the US in Mid-December.  Here is a post from the ESPN NHL Rumor Mill, per Victoria Matiash. After competing in one game overseas, Rick DiPietro is apparently back in North America for good. According to Islanders…

January 2, 2013

Hockey from the Blind Side: No Honor League?

Well, it’s getting down to the wire. Sadly, all the hope and promise of the last few weeks were dashed a few days ago. Somehow, though, this didn’t surprise me in the least. I guess the question is, will there be hockey this season at all? There still seem to be a few who think that this will be resolved with ironic suddenness when all is said and done. Frankly,…

December 9, 2012

Bad Day on the CBA Front – and an Apology

First of all – let me make an apology. A lot has happened, since I last wrote.  Mainly, I began my new job.  I am working for a great company called ICON.  They are a Lab company that perform clinical trials for drug companies testing their potential new drugs that are going to market.  It is a great place, close to home, and allows me to expand my horizons, and…

December 7, 2012

Hockey from the Blind Side, Hockey Withdrawals …. It’s Not Pretty

At this point, if this was a “perfect” world, the Islander and NHL season would be in full swing, and I’d be writing about the most recent game or discussing how the Isles are doing in the standings. Yes, the 2 or 3 games a week covered by the NBC Sports Network and the NBC game of the week would be filling my hockey fix on top of the Islander…

November 24, 2012

Hockey from the Blind Side, Weathering the Storm and Here is to Hoping

What a crazy last few weeks. I have no idea how we did it before the advent of electricity and technology. When you lose power in your home for a week, it puts things into a very stark perspective. Not that I’m sure the entire world wasn’t aware of it because God knows the media seemed to make it the only news for a good week until after election day,…

November 11, 2012

AMac – Czech Bound

According to, Andrew MacDonald has decided to go overseas.  The Nova Scotia born defenseman will play for HC Energie Karlovy Vary in the Czech Extraliga. This is the third Islander rearguard to make the move to the European leagues, joining Lubomir Visnovsky (KHL), and Mark Streit (Swiss National A League).

October 9, 2012