"We would love to do that, obviously," Wang said when reached by telephone Monday. "I think it would be wonderful."
Wang said bringing New York's classic hockey rivalry to a big stage next year would be a definite crowd-pleaser.
"All the people in New York know about the rivalry. It would be a great event, a great atmosphere and great for the sport. It would be so much fun," Wang said before adding a playful jab at the Rangers: "And we'd beat them, too."
Wang said he expressed interest in such an event before the Heritage Classic outdoor game in Edmonton in 2003. He even lobbied for an Islanders-Rangers tilt to close out old Yankee Stadium.
Now that Flushing boasts a new ballpark, Wang is re-energized about the possibility of giving it a hockey christening. "Of course we would cooperate however possible if there's interest," Wang said. "But it's the league's decision, not ours."