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'Mr. Islander' backs Blumenfeld’s Coliseum plan

Blumenfeld Development Group's Edward Blumenfeld speaks before Nassau

Blumenfeld Development Group's Edward Blumenfeld speaks before Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's Business Advisory Council, which hosted presentations about proposals for renovating the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (May 2, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

New York Islanders all-time great Bobby Nystrom is backing a plan to replace the Nassau Coliseum proposed by Syosset developer Ed Blumenfeld.

In a radio commercial that began airing last week, Nystrom, a right winger who played for the Islanders from 1972 to 1986, calls Blumenfeld his “best friend” and said he has “proposed a plan for the Coliseum that we can all be proud of. Why settle for second best. We are winners and we deserve the best.”

FM stations KJOY, B103 and 94.3 The Shark, and 1100 WHLI-AM are airing the Blumenfeld ad.

Nicknamed “Mr. Islander,” Nystrom had arguably the most famous goal in team history, scoring in overtime to give the Islanders the 1980 Stanley Cup title against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Islanders would go on to win four consecutive championships.

The $180-million proposal by the Blumenfeld Development Group calls for a new 10,000-seat Coliseum, a convention center, retail, office space, a bowling alley, movie theater and apartments for students and seniors.

The other three bidders competing to redevelop the Coliseum are the Madison Square Garden Co., Forest City Ratner and Bayville-based New York Sports LLC.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is expected to make his decision before the end of the month. 

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