Denis Potvin recalled the first time the New York Islanders defeated the New York Rangers and Bryan Trottier discussed being next to Potvin’s stall in the Islanders dressing room at Nassau Coliseum. Those memories and a few others are part of a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) created by Trottier and Potvin in collaboration with Fanaply and creative studio Flux88 that was released on Tuesday.
The four NFTs are part of the “Closing the Barn” collection and commemorate the end of the Islanders’ run at the Nassau Coliseum. The team begins play at their new home UBS Arena in November after construction is completed on the building.
The non-Fungible tokens were designed by visual artist, Kevin Briones and featured Trottier and Potvin recollecting their favorite memories at the Islanders’ longtime home. The collection includes four NFTs, three of which are available for purchase and one is a 1-of-1 piece being auctioned off starting at $2,000.
The bidding began on Tuesday and runs until Thursday night, with the highest bidder receiving the one-of-a-kind NFT and anything from a round of golf to dinner with Potvin and Trottier. If the winning bid exceeds $25,000 that person will get a weekend of activities with the Islander legends.
“Being able to commemorate some of our favorite memories, in our own words, really is a game-changer in the collectibles space,” Potvin said in a press release. “It gives us the chance to stay in the game and gives the fans an opportunity to own their own piece of history.”
Trottier and Potvin each have a non-fungible token of which 80 are available and only cost $40. Trottier recalled his first game at the Nassau Coliseum and Potvin talked about defeating the Rangers 3-2 on Oct. 27, 1973.
“The future of sports collectives will undoubtedly be in the digital world, and we’re excited to add some of our favorite memories to the mix,” said Trottier.