Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum, the cheering fans will be the true stars in the building.
The billion-dollar project to bring the New York Islanders back to Long Island is moving right along, despite a months-long shutdown.
The future home of the Islanders, on grounds of the Belmont Park racetrack, will be called UBS Arena at Belmont Park.
For decades, young girls on Long Island who loved the game of hockey couldn't find their own team. So Alexis Moed took her experience as a Division I hockey player at Boston College to turn girls hockey clinics into more. She founded the New York Islanders Girls Elite Hockey Program.
The New York Islanders are coming back to Long Island, according to several sources who have been following the team's plans. Hempstead Town Supervisor-elect Laura Gillen said she would have preferred to see the Islanders return to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, but she is glad the state is paving the way for the team to at least relocate to Nassau County.
Brandon Bloom may never be able to play hockey, his favorite sport. But on Tuesday, he lived every fan's dream. The 8-year-old was given an all-access pass including an honorary locker and the official gear to practice with the New York Islanders.