Hockey rivalries have been cast aside now that it's crunch time in the Islanders' push for a new arena.
Rangers President/General Manager Glen Sather and Devils CEO/President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello both issued statements supporting the Islanders new Coliseum referendum, to be voted on August 1.
The rivalry that has existed between the Rangers and Islanders for almost 40 years is one of the best in hockey and in all of sports. The intense passion and emotion involved in these games is something we cherish and would like to see continue for generations to come. We urge Rangers fans, Islanders fans and all hockey fans in Nassau County to vote yes for the referendum on Monday, August 1
The New York Islanders are a proud organization with a championship history. Monday’s referendum vote on a new Nassau Coliseum is vital to ensuring that tradition lives on.
Since opening Prudential Center in 2007, we have seen firsthand the tremendous impact that a new facility can have for our fans and the surrounding community. A world-class facility is fundamental to success in the modern sports landscape, and a necessity for both the fans and the players.
Owner Charles Wang and General Manager Garth Snow have assembled a core of talented young players whose future depends on a new home on Long Island. We look forward to continuing our Atlantic Division rivalry for years to come.
The Devils support the Islanders in their quest for a new arena, and urge Nassau County residents to vote yes this Monday.