All good things must come to an end, which bring me to my farewell to all of you.
I have been putting together this final message for a while now like
kind of the thoughts I would post here after a game, except this one
would be the toughest one of all for me.
How do you recap seven years on a mailing list where you really do not know the folks who are reading this but hope your doing your best for them? How do I say thank you to everyone for taking the time to join or read the messages or post here?
I guess I can start by telling everyone that you kept me going when I needed it most. I would be less than honest if I did not admit many times I was tired or busy at work, that after long days/nights I was exhausted/busy and the last thing I wanted to do was talk about a hockey game or research newspaper articles for the next day, but someone would write something about the game or tell me how much they liked this place, and to me it just felt like this is where I was supposed to be. I counted on you and the folks here never let me down, as Mike put so wonderfully the other day this list was like a friend you could count on, so how could I let you down?
We have had so many quality members here over the seven years, I think you know who you are and all I can say is how much I appreciated your kind words, your hockey insight and your words of praise for my efforts here, I will miss you all very much and I cannot Thank You enough.
I can also tell you that your contribution made this list
special, some only reached out to me privately, others posted and shared their thoughts. Whether we agreed or not, everyone who posted made the list better for their efforts and I became a better hockey fan thanks to you.
We saw a lot here and a lot changed in my life over seven years as a person and as a hockey fan, my family and I grew up around this list and when I think of them as they get older I will think of this place and the people who it special.
This list began in September 1999, I had seven wonderful years, we saw some tough times on the ice but we also saw some fantastic times that I will always remember.
I saw the Islanders finally give me a season to remember in 2002 when the club returned to the post-season and showed why we have the greatest fans in sports who do live and die with this team like no other fans, the sounds of the Coliseum rocking will stay with me forever.
What can I say about the Bridgeport Sound Tigers? This team was part of our list since it's inception and it's been nothing less than an honor covering them on this mailing list for me. From the announcement of a franchise to construction of Harbor Yard to Raffi Torres ot goal against Hamilton, to the final game against
Wilkes-Barre,it's been a great ride here with the Sound Tigers, the only thing better than the hockey were the people kind enough to come here and let's us get to talk some hockey with them.
Finally I can tell you when the New York Islanders do win their next Stanley Cup on that day I will think of this place and the people here. The same will also go for the Sound Tigers who gave me a great first season and a franchise that is only just beginning, you will have a Calder Cup to celebrate in Bridgeport someday, for me it will be like a Stanley Cup on that day.
Thank You so much for everything. Our best to all of you and your families, take care of yourselves and god bless.
LET'S GO ISLANDERS !!!!!!!!!!!
LET'S GO TIGERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bill and Family.