Isles' dynasty starters to be recognized
BY ERIK BOLAND
March 4, 2006
Garth Snow's helmet confuses some people.
That includes fans, who one assumes would get it.
"Even some Islanders fans during autograph signings will ask what
they are," the Islanders' backup goaltender said. "Then I tell them
and they're like, 'Oh, of course.'"
Painted on the side of Snow's helmet -- three on each side -- are
depictions of the retired jersey banners hanging above the ice at
Nassau Coliseum. Those players -- Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, Billy
Smith, Bob Nystrom, Clark Gillies and Bryan Trottier -- and most of
the 1980 team will be in attendance Saturday night when the Islanders
play host to Philadelphia. There will be a pregame ceremony,
including a procession with 1980 team members from the Marriott to
the Coliseum, honoring the team that won the first of the franchise's
four straight Stanley Cups.
That is a full lifetime ago for most current Islanders, although the
37-year-old Snow recalled watching those teams on TV while growing up
in Wrentham, Mass.
"I remember watching the 1980 Islanders-Bruins playoff when I was 11
years old," Snow said of the quarterfinal series won by the
Islanders, 4-1. "It was a battle. It was awesome. Of course, at the
time, being a Bruins fan, I wasn't happy."
Defenseman Brad Lukowich has a more personal connection. Lorne
Henning, a center on the 1980 team, served as the best man when
Lukowich's father, Bernie, was married.
"My dad was actually at all of the games at the Stanley Cup Finals
when they won and partied with them," Lukowich said. "I still have
one of the original towels from the Islanders-Canucks series. It's
Only three members of the 1980 team will not be in attendance
Saturday night. The most notable is Canucks assistant general manager
Steve Tambellini, who is expected to interview with Charles Wang for
the Islanders' vacant GM position. Tambellini cannot attend because
he already made plans to be with his father, who is being honored by
Team Canada this weekend. Chico Resch, who works Devils TV broadcasts
for FSN, has a game. Wayne Merrick declined to attend for personal