There may be a lockout but there is about to be some big news in the NHL. The New York Islanders are holding a press conference at 1:00 pm ET at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York where they were scheduled to play a pre-season game on October 2nd. Of course, the lockout ended those plans but what could the announcement be?
Per multiple reports, the Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn.
The news will officially be announced at the press conference that the Islanders plan to relocate to Brooklyn when the lease with Long Island ends. The Islanders lease on Long Island expires at end of 2014-15 season. The following season, the Islanders will leave Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and have their brand new home in downtown Brooklyn.
New York Islanders Owner Charles B. Wang, Barclays Center Majority Owner and Developer Bruce Ratner, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow, and Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark will all be in attendance for the announcement.
Ratner had previously said that he was “trying like hell” to get the Islanders to move to Barclays. Mission accomplished.
The next question is: Will the Islanders change their name?