There's just one thing missing on the Islanders' jerseys: The Island.
The classic emblem, featuring an orange profile of Long Island, has been done away with in favor of a more futuristic design. The Stadium Series jerseys simplify the team¹s symbol by enlarging the familiar top of the logo — an "NY" that morphs into a hockey stick — on the chest. General manager Garth Snow as well as coaches and players from the organization had input on the design.
Some fans might see it as an premature attempt for the team to disassociate itself from its longtime Long Island home as it prepares to move to Brooklyn's Barclays Center in 2015. A history of the Isles' jerseys over the years (except the reviled Fisherman uni) shows it always had The Island front and center.
"I think they¹re really sharp," Tavares said after practice Tuesday. "We've seen in the past in a lot of outdoor games a kind of retro, heritage, old-school kinda look. But this is newer, more modern."
Tavares said the bold 'NY" on the outside is a fitting look, considering the opponent.
"Obviously playing the Rangers in that game, there's a lot of fight over who¹s New York¹s team and whatnot, and I think that's still who we are," he said. "That New York with the hockey stick."
Too bad they can't put Bossy, Trottier and Gilles on the inside of them.