THIS DAY IN NY
Thursday, Dec. 30, 1971
Roy Boe and 18 other investors purchased the Long Island NHL franchise for $6 million plus a $4-million territorial fee to the Rangers. Thus the Islanders were born. The World Hockey Association was ready to begin play in 1972, hoping for a New York team in the brand-new Nassau Coliseum. William Shea, who helped create the Mets, stepped in and convinced NHL president Clarence Campbell to expand with a new New York team. The Islanders were 12-60-6 in their first season, among the worst records in NHL history. Al Arbour became the coach for the second season and by the club's third year, they were in the Stanley Cup playoffs, winning the first of four straight Stanley Cups in their eighth season.