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Bossy excited (though ‘a bit nostalgic’) about Isles’ move to Brooklyn

Mar 21, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

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The Vice President of Corporate Sponsorship and Partnership Marketing with the New York Islanders is excited about the team moving to Brooklyn in 2015.

After all, the just-opened Barclays Center will present the money-losing team with new corporate sponsorship and partnership opportunities. Which is something you’d expect the Vice President of Corporate Sponsorship and Partnership Marketing to be excited about.

Of course, that same person also scored hundreds of goals and won four Stanley Cups playing at Nassau Coliseum, so there’s some sadness too.

His name is Mike Bossy, by the way.

Bossy spoke with SportsBusiness Journal recently about the club’s move to Brooklyn after next season.

“There’s no doubt that it’s a big move, in the sense that, as I tell people, we’re moving 20 miles from Nassau Coliseum,” Bossy said. “But I think it’s a world of difference. As far as I’m concerned in my role, it’s going to open up a lot of new and different opportunities for the Islanders. There’s a whole bunch of different corporate sponsors that we will be able to approach, not only because of our location, but I think because of the beautiful building that we’re moving to.

“In the back of my mind of course I’m a bit nostalgic and feel for the Long Island fans who are disappointed that their team is moving to Brooklyn. There’s no doubt that I made my name, I am who I am today, because of this building and the team that I played on in this building and the four Stanley Cups that we won.”

It should be interesting to see if the Islanders can turn business around in their new location. Even with a star like John Tavares, it’ll be tough to get back to Stanley Cup contention without increasing their payroll. Owner Charles Wang had an excuse to pinch pennies in the team’s current location. In a brand new building, the fans will expect more.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Remember that when Wang started out, he had no problem with spending money. He just spent it on the wrong guys.I expect that he will slowly open up his wallet. The first area the Isles need to address is goaltending. If Garth can swing some deals to get Bernier and Bishop (Nabby, Visnovsky, the 2013 1st for Bernier & LAK’s 2nd rder & then Poulin and the 2nd plus a conditional 2014 pick for Bishop might work), the Isles should be in a fairly good position to contend by the time they move to Brooklyn in 2015-16–if not before.

    • letsgopens8771 - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      Whoah, yes, I agree with Nabokov needing to go because he sucks, but I think giving away Lubo AND your top pick is a bit much.

  2. tuberippin - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Wang needs to spend and spend wisely, unlike his future Barclays Center counterpart Mikhail Prokhorov.

  3. JoeAvg - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I hope they turn it around. I cut my hockey teeth watching Bossy & Co. win those cups and it’s been sad to watch this once great franchise slip away.

  4. multiplemiggs - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Woah Woah, first of all, Bernier is a bum, secondly Poulin is the Islanders future number 1 if not unseated by Anders Nilsson. Number 3 this team is being built from within, meaning Garth is NOT giving away talent NOR any picks for someone elses garbage and our future talent will be homegrown. Number 4 Garth is currently talking extension with Nabokov for possibly three more years. They want a vet who can steal games and he is that guy, while Poulin and Nilsson develop. If you think Nabokov sucks then you dont know sh*t about hockey. Fifthly, that is one of the dumbest trades ever. A first rounder from LA is as good as somebody elses second rounder, and why would they trade for Nabby when they already have Quick?? If there is going to be any trades at all it will be for a star forward for the second line to put us in the playoffs, rid ourselves of Neilsen, and when Wang feels like spending the money. And 6th, what are you the ambassador of Islander fans? You always comment first on every Isles post. Get a life your embarassing all of us.

    • islesjb - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Rid ourselves of Nielsen? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. You are a moron. Grammar could use some work as well

  5. multiplemiggs - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    I know everything. I’m always right. Remember this convo when Nabokov signs a 2 year extension, and Snow makes no moves until he packages Nielsen’s useless ass for a top scoring forward next Feb.

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