Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky took over majority control of the Islanders on Friday and chose to issue a statement rather than speak directly with reporters to avoid any distractions for the organization on a busy first day of NHL free agency.
“It is a privilege to become the majority owners of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, and we thank Charles Wang, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and our fellow National Hockey League owners for their support in making this possible,” Ledecky said in the statement, released on Friday morning. “We are grateful for this opportunity to build upon the Islanders’ rich history, which includes four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships. We also look forward to working with a superb team on behalf of the incredibly passionate Islanders fans.
“Garth Snow and Jack Capuano, who led the Isles to an exciting playoff run in 2016, have our full confidence. We commit ourselves to doing what it takes to bring our fans and the team a fifth Stanley Cup, and eagerly await the home opener at Barclays Center on October 16th.”
The new owners had a hand in the recruitment of one new Islander. Andrew Ladd, who signed a seven-year, $38.5-million contract on Friday, said he spoke with Malkin on the phone during Ladd’s visit to Long Island on Thursday.
“I talked to Mr. Malkin yesterday, he was extremely positive and extremely excited to be involved with the team,” Ladd said.