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Isles to take the ice at Barclays Center on Thursday

Sep 10, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

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For New York Islanders fans wondering what hockey will look like at the team’s future home in Brooklyn, you’re only two days from getting a guided tour (through the media).

From a club press release:

The New York Islanders will take the Long Island Rail Road to Brooklyn where they will hold training camp sessions at their future home, Barclays Center, on Thursday, September 12. Media are invited to ride with the team on the train departing at 8:51 a.m. from Garden City. The train will arrive at Atlantic Terminal at 9:35 a.m.

The Islanders players and coaching staff will pose for a group photo with Barclays Center Majority Owner and Developer Bruce Ratner and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark on the Daily News Plaza in front of Barclays Center at 9:40 a.m., before preparing for the team’s first-ever practice on the arena ice.

Immediately following the photo-op, media are invited for a tour with Ratner and Yormark of the arena hockey set-up at 9:45 a.m.

There are two on ice sessions scheduled for the day.

The Isles will also host the New Jersey Devils on Sept. 21 in a preseason game at Barclays Center — an event that’s being heralded as the first-ever NHL game in Brooklyn.*

Barclays Center — built specifically for basketball, not hockey — will apparently have a horseshoe seating configuration. (See more at IslandersPointBlank.)

*The old Brooklyn Americans played in Manhattan at Madison Square Garden. For more on that, click here.

Related: Isles sign “ironclad” 25-year lease at Barclays Center

  1. redridershoottheireyeout - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    hopefully they’ll have an armed escort! Can’t wait to see how many folks don’t show up for games, much like the situation in Newark, who wants to risk going into the hood at night, the Brooklyn Yards ain’t exactly as safe as MSG, gonna be a lot of hoodies and Obama’s sons outside to greet hockey fans, and they won’t be shopping for skittles and iced tea!

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Wow, shutup

    • brklynblueshirt - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Clearly spoken by someone from the middle of nowhere who has never set foot in Brooklyn.

    • avfanforlife - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      Moronic statement to say the least. And you are a disgrace to the movie as well… it’s …ShootYOUReyeout. Shouldn’t you be on some NASCAR site?

    • nj666 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      red, alot of people are trying suicide these days, give it a shot.

  2. gls24 - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Wasn’t there an NHL team called the “Brooklyn Americans?” By that name I am guessing they may have played in . . . Brooklyn. So much for the claim of this being the first NHL game in Kings County!

    • Jason Brough - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Read the post. The whooooooole thing.

    • DonkeyStick - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      You’re not the sharpest knife are ya?

  3. jacketsfan7 - Sep 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Yeah Jason clearly states in there that Brooklyn Americans played at MSG

  4. newyorkislanderfancentral - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    The New York Americans founded hockey at Msg in Manhattan they are the original NHL team in New York.

    The Rags came in, took another teams established fan base, and kicked them out of their home arena.

    In the 1940’s the American’s were re-branded, moved to Brooklyn, then folded.

  5. hieronymous27 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    From a marketing standpoint, changing the name of this team from the New York Islanders to the Brooklyn Americans would be a solid move. The Americans could have the same color scheme as the New York Rangers. Plus, a makeover of the team’s logo and uniform, if done properly, would be a gold mine for merchandising.

    • islesfan1973 - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      I disagree. Making the team go with red white and blue and changing the name is a complete and total wash of the entire team. the fans who have been there, especially those of us from the beginning, will not be happy about it. NY already has a red white and blue team. I think the move is a mix of good and bad for the team, but to change their image entirely? in my opinion, all that will do is to create the feel of an entirely NEW NHL team and not represent the isles, their fans OR their history.

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