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Brooklyn's Islanders should be 'Brooklyn Islanders'

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers. (Getty) Credit: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers. (Getty)

Hipsters, hoops and hockey.

Brooklyn is becoming a haven for all three following the Islanders' announcement Wednesday that they'll be playing at the Barclays Center.

Yet the Isles still will take the ice during the fall of 2015 as the New York Islanders, not the Brooklyn Islanders. And that's a shame.

There's no discounting the winning heritage of the franchise, which has called Nassau County home for 40 years. The team nearly reached the Stanley Cup Finals in its third season, upending the Rangers in the process. They won the first four Cups of the 1980s.

Those titles will still belong to the Islanders no matter where they call home.

History hasn't been as kind to the franchise since those glory days. They haven't won a postseason series since 1993.

At that time, the Rangers were still a year away from ending their 54-year championship drought.

And let's face it, those Rangers are New York's hockey team anyway. At least for anyone west of Uniondale.

So why not follow the Nets example and tout Brooklyn for the rest of the hockey world to see?

Brooklyn has an identity all its own. Yes, it is New York. Yes, it is on Long Island. But ask a Brooklynite where he or she is from, and the response probably won't be "New York" and certainly won't be "Long Island."

Kings County's future hockey team would be wise to follow suit.

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