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Islanders announce ticket redemption policy for Thursday night's game

Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on

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In light of the snowstorm expected to hit Long Island Thursday night, the Islanders have announced that fans can redeem tickets for Thursday night's tilt against the Blackhawks for another game, even if they attended the game.

The game is still scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but starting Saturday fans can redeem their tickets at the Nassau Coliseum box office for any future weekday game at...

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Colin McDonald meets Islanders fans at Nassau Coliseum

Colin McDonald, left, and Michael Grabner, right, celebrate

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With the Islanders' first preseason game less than two weeks away, Colin McDonald held a meet and greet to sign autographs and take pictures with fans Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum.

"You don't get a chance to meet the fans on a personal level like this throughout the course of the season and the reality of it is these are the guys, these are the people that pay us our salaries, and it's...

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Islanders-Penguins Game 3: Traveling to Nassau Coliseum

An exterior view of Nassau Coliseum before the

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Much like Game 1 of the Islanders' series against the Penguins, Sunday's Game 3 will be a headache for fans. At least getting there will be.

With the Long Island Marathon set for Sunday as well, there are a number of road closures in place. The game is scheduled for noon and doors will open at 10:30 a.m. The Islanders have advised fans to allow for extra time to get to Nassau Coliseum because...

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John Tavares gets sentimental about Nassau Coliseum

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates

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The Islanders' move to Brooklyn isn’t scheduled to occur until the 2015-16 season, but an accelerated timetable is always possible.

Yet for John Tavares, the countdown for leaving Nassau Coliseum has already started. And he’s getting sentimental about it.

"There’s been a lot of special moments, a lot of great things have happened in this building,’’ he said after Monday’s practice....

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Free hockey for Islanders fans

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano directs his

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The Islanders' practices on Tuesday (11 a.m.) and Thursday (10 a.m.) at Nassau Coliseum are open to the public, as is Wednesday’s 7 p.m. scrimmage with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Tickets and parking are free for all three events.

Discounted food -- $1 hot dogs and sodas -- and Islanders team store items will be available during the scrimmage....

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Islanders attendance at Nassau Coliseum

March28,2003 at NAssau Coliseum Toronto at Islanders. players

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The Islanders had an average home attendance of more than 14,000 fans in 15 of their first 31 seasons, but they haven’t reached that number at the 16,234-seat Nassau Coliseum since the 2002-03 campaign.

The franchise’s average attendance the last nine seasons:

2003-04: 13,693 2004-05: Lockout 2005-06: 12,609 2006-07: 12,886 2007-08: 13,640 2008-09: 13,773 2009-10: 12,735 2010-11: 11,059...

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Bettman still believes in a new Coliseum

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. (Nov. 22, 2011)

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OTTAWA--NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he would “find it hard to believe” a deal will not be worked out to replace or refurbish Nassau Coliseum, thus keeping the Islanders on Long Island, before the lease expires in 2015.

"They still have three-and-a-half years to go,” Bettman said in an informal session following a news conference here during All-Star Weekend. “I find it hard to...

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