A 1980 Stanley Cup Celebration Primer
What a sight to see last night -- members of the 1980 Stanley Cup
Champion Islanders in a suite high above the Coliseum ice, standing
and cheering as Rick DiPietro made two big shootout saves, Miro Satan
and Trent Hunter solved Martin Brodeur and the Islanders rejoiced
over a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils.
That's what this weekend is all about. Yes, as billed it's a
Celebration of the 1980 Stanley Cup Championship, but it's also about
tradition -- a link between players wearing the Orange, White and
Blue, a link between fans of all generations.
So on the unofficial first day of this celebratory weekend, it was
very cool to see Stefan Persson, Anders Kallur, Butch Goring and Ken
Morrow in the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike cheering on their
Islanders. (Chico Resch and Duane Sutter were there, too, but they
"We're so thankful for Charles Wang and the Islanders for bringing us
back together," said Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier, who arrived on
Long Island this morning. "The Islanders have made this happen, and
all of us are here to celebrate this great Islanders tradition with
our fans. I think the old arena is going to be loud, don't you think"?
Players from the 1980 team began arriving Thursday and just about
everyone else arrived today. Friday night is for them to celebrate as
a team at a private dinner for the men whose names are on the Stanley
Cup. Later tonight the party extends to their friends made during a
glorious time on Long Island.
Islanders season ticketholders have their exclusive event on Saturday
morning where they get player intros, a sneak preview of the tribute
video and an hour to shake hands and get autographs from all the
legends. The Stanley Cup will also be at the season susbscriber
event, prior to a public showcase at the Long Island Marriott from 2-
At 6:00 pm, "The Walk of Champions" begins from the Marriott to the
Coliseum. Starting with Bill Torrey, Al Arbour and Jim Devellano, the
procession will be something to see. Fans at Thursday night's
Islander game were talking about getting to the Coliseum Plaza as
early as noon in order to get a good spot. Even if you can't make it
to "The Walk of Champions" we strongly advise that you allow plenty
of time to get to the Coliseum because the event will be sold out,
lines may be long and the ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm sharp. It
won't be the same if everyone isn't standing at their seats.
Here's the latest lineup of participants:
Jim Devellano (Chief Scout)
Ron Waske (Trainer)