The New York Islanders move to Brooklyn after this season, which means no more games at historic Nassau Coliseum. However, the parking lot means a lot more to Joy Rosen, a season ticket holder for all 42 years at the arena.
Yes, she announced on television she conceived her son in the parking lot in 1982 and went into labor during a Stanley Cup game in the 1982-1983 season.
“I went into labor during the Stanley Cup game in 1982 – 1983 season,” she said. “False labor! Was able to come back for the last game and watch the Islanders win their next Stanley Cup.”
The Islanders were one of the hottest teams in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They won the Stanley Cup four straight seasons, 1979-1980, 1980-1981, 1981-1982, and 1982-1983, before the Edmonton Oilers stopped their quest to get “one for the thumb.” They also won nineteen consecutive playoff series between 1980-1984. Unfortunately, that was the end of the dynasty and the Islanders management tore apart the team.
The Islanders remained low key in the intervening years. But drafting John Tavares in 2009 propped up the team. It took a few years, but they play one point from leading the Eastern Conference. More importantly, they dominated the New York Rangers this season with a 3-1 record. They could have won the last game, in which they led the entire game, until Kevin Klein gave the Rangers their first and final lead with only 4:30 left.