All-Time Islanders A to M
The Islanders will be embarking on their 40th season in the NHL once the puck drops in October. Throughout the 40 years 441 skaters, 44 goalies and 15 coaches have wore the traditional orange and blue and at some point the fisherman jerseys.
The list below is a collection of players, coaches and front office members who have best represented the Islanders throughout the last 40 years. The list goes from A to M, because of the size of the list it has been spilt into two posts. The second part of the list N to Z will be posted next week. (Photo Credit: Ed Bailey/ AP)
A. Al Arbour
Arbour is the most notable head coach in Islanders history. He has coached in 19 seasons, 20 if you include the one game stint in the 2008-2009 season. He has 740 victories behind the bench for the Islanders and led them to four Stanley Cup Championships and he took home the Jack Adams Award in 1978-1979.
Notables- Adrian Aucoin
B. Mike Bossy
Bossy is the most prolific goal scorer in NHL history, leading NHL history with a .76 goals per game. He also has the most goals in Islanders history with 573. He won the Calder Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy once and won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy three times. (Photo Credit: Official New York Islanders/Flickr)
Notables- Bob Bourne, Jason Blake
C. Mariusz Czerkawski
The ‘Polish Prince,’ which he was called during his career, was one of the best Islanders players during the late 90’s and early 2000’s. He was a multiple 30-goal scorer for the Islanders along with making the All-Star game in 2000. His 145-career goals in an Islanders uniform puts him in 15th place on the Islanders all-time list.
Notables- Zdeno Chara
D. Rick DiPietro
The past few years DiPietro has been the butt of many Islanders fans jokes, but overall he has had one of the best careers for a goalie in Islanders history, with 130 wins which is third in Islanders history. He has represented the United States in the Olympics in 2006 and he made the All-Star team in 2008.
Notables- Jude Drouin
E. Mark Eaton
There are currently four players with the last name starting with the letter ‘E’ who have played for the Islanders in their 40 year history and two of them played a collection of four games. So this was the only logical choice.
Notables- John Erskine
F. Pat Flatley
First off he spent 712 games with the Islanders and was part of the 1983-1984 Stanley Cup Championship team, playing in all 21 games during the playoff run. Throughout his career with the Islanders he totaled 160 career goals, which is good enough for 13th on the Islanders all-time list.
Notables- Ray Ferraro
G. Clark Gillies
Is there even the chance for an argument here? He might not be the all-time leader in goals, assists or points, even though he is fourth in all those categories, he was the heart of the Islanders dynasty and nothing showed that more than when he stepped down as captain and let Denis Potvin wear the ‘C.’ (Photo Credit: Official New York Islanders/Flickr)
Notables- Butch Goring
H. Benoit Hogue
Hogue only played parts of four seasons with the Islanders but the three full seasons that he played he tallied over 30 goals each season. He was an important part on the deep playoff run in 1992-1993. Side note: I played against him during a men’s league game two summers ago, he was filthy.
Notables- Roman Hamrlik, Billy Harris
I. Brad Isbister
This choice was like the choice for the letter ‘E’ there was only Isbister or Mike Iggulden and he only dressed for 11 games. Isbister was part of the Islanders teams that made the playoffs in the early to mid 2000’s.
Notables- Mike Iggulden
J. Kenny Jonsson
Other than Czerkawski, Jonsson was the only bright spot of the dreadful late 90’s teams. He also wore the ‘C’ for a period of time; he was everything you wanted in a solid defenseman and he actually wanted to be an Islander, which is a huge plus.
Notables- Tomas Jonsson
K. Derek King
In his 11 years with the Islanders he tallied 211 goals and 499 points.
Notables- Anders Kallur
L. Pat LaFontaine
Best American born hockey player of all time, not named Mike Modano. With the Islanders LaFontaine was a scoring machine. He tallied over 40 goals four time, one of those season scoring 54 goals and 105 points. (Photo Credit: islanders.nhl.com)
Notables- Peter Laviolette
M. Ken Morrow
Morrow was the second best defenseman on the dynasty team behind Potvin. He might not have scored a lot of goals but it was what he did off the score sheet that made him valuable. He was also on the 1980 'Miracle On Ice' team.
Mike Milbury, Matt Moulson
Next week the rest of the list will contain the best players in Islanders history whose last names start with an 'N' through 'Z.'