BROOKLYN — The New York Islanders enjoyed a unique start to their 2013 training camp, as they boarded a Long Island Railroad train from Long Island. Their final destination Thursday morning was the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the building scheduled to become their new home in 2015. It will host the team’s preseason game on Sept. 21 against the New Jersey Devils, the first-ever NHL game played in Brooklyn.
Upon their arrival in Brooklyn, the players and coaches received a particularly warm greeting.
“First and foremost, welcome to your new home. We’re thrilled to have all of you with us today,” Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark told the team. “Congratulations to you on a great last season. I’m sure you’re going to replicate that effort this season.”
The upcoming preseason game has already sold over 10,000 tickets and is expected to kickstart a season in which the Islanders hope to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last season’s team qualified for the postseason for the first time in six years.
Source: Tal Pinchevsky, NHL