I Am Who I Am Because I'm An Islanders Fan
Firstly, before I get into a little introduction as to who I am and how my Islander loyalty has developed, I just want to say that it is an honor to officially be a part of the TCL Isles blogging team. In addition to other sites, TCL has been one I have followed for a while and can't say how honored I feel to have this opportunity to be a part of the TCL Isles team. I want to thank Rob McGowan for giving me the chance to contribute, the rest of the team for allowing me to work with them in covering the Sound Tigers/Islanders and the readers for taking the time to read what I have to say from here on out.
My name is Bryan Curran, I was born and raised in Babylon, NY and currently live in Danbury, CT after attending Western Connecticut State University. The New York Islanders and hockey as a whole have been a major part of my life from an early age and my passion for both have only grown as the years have progressed.
Back during the Islanders Stanley Cup run in the early 1980's, my parents were both employees of the Nassau Coliseum which is where they met. My mother worked in security and my father in ticketing. Their job detail at the time was for all events at the Coliseum yet it was the magic that those Islander teams were able to produce that ultimately brought them together. In the wake of their growing romance they eventually married in 1986. Just one year later I was brought into this world and I proudly tell everyone that my parents' relationship and my own birth are a direct result of the New York Islanders dynasty era.
As a child, even after my parents had moved on to different careers I was always at the Nassau Coliseum for numerous hours before and after the games had started and finished. Roberto, the sweet man directly off the boat from Italy who was the long time architect and keeper of the ice at the Coliseum would often take me by hand and walk me on the ice after games. The magnitude of what that meant to me at the time and how big everything seemed in the eyes of a young child was one of the many privileges that have contributed to making me the fan that I am today, and I am thankful for every moment of it.
I grew up playing in rec leagues at both the Rinx in Hauppauge and in Dix Hills. Later as I grew older and more dedicated to playing the sport I was fortunate enough to play travel hockey for the Long Island Rebels out of Dix Hills. Although I was never a Division 1 caliber player, my proudest moment as a player was that I got to play 4 years in college at Western Connecticut State University. Even though my competitive hockey playing days are now over I still skate once a week in an adult league to ensure I never lose touch with the game that I already owe so much to, even at only 26 years old.
As any child who grew up playing hockey or any parent that had a child who played hockey knows, the countless hours spent traveling to rinks, the early hours that games and practices were scheduled and the smell of the ice when you walk into a rink early in the morning are what make this game so special.
Since less of my time is occupied by actually playing hockey now, I satisfy my need for the game by following the Islanders and anything NHL related. I watch every Isles game that I can and if I can't watch it because of work or another reason, I record it and watch it when I can. I read any hockey related web site or blog to keep up with not only the Islanders, but the entire league as best as I can.
I will do my best to keep you as a reader informed on the Sound Tigers through out the year. Since I live in Connecticut already it is only about a 40 minute drive for me to get to games and will do so whenever possible. When I can't, I will keep you up to date on how the youth of the organization is progressing in their quest to make it to Uniondale. In addition, I will provide pre and post game analysis on the Islanders whenever I see fit to supplement my Sound Tiger coverage.
I realize this is a bit of a long winded, yet intimate introduction to myself but I feel that all of the afore mentioned information is necessary for you to know what has molded the passion for this organization that I have developed. Every human being is a product of their own experiences and perceptions of their own existence. With that said, this is mine and what has made me the fan that I am today.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read this, and I look forward to being able to experience the coming season with all of you as both a source of information and a fellow Isles fan as well.