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What Could Home Games Look Like for the New York Islanders Next Season?

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There are a lot of questions about the 2020-21 NHL season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed at the draft that the league was looking at a Jan. 1 start date. Outside of that, not much is known about their plan. The NHL has said in the past that they’d like to play a full 82 game schedule, but even that remains a question.

And for owners, the question of whether fans will be allowed in the building when games do start remains a major concern. The NHL, unlike NBA or NFL, is a gate driven league and relies heavily on paying customers filling the seats at arenas.

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On Campus: Islanders Prospect Christian Krygier Scores in MSU Season Opener

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The NHL is still trying to work out details about its return for next season, but several of the New York Islanders collegiate prospects returned to action this past weekend.

Hockey like other sports in the NCAA has had to deal with COVID-19 cancellations, but defenseman Christian Krygier and Michigan State University opened their season against Arizona State over the weekend. The Michigan State junior recorded his first career collegiate goal in Michigan State’s 1-1 tie on Nov. 19.

The goal came on his only shot of the game and he finished the night a plus-1. Christian Krygier recorded two shots the following night as Michigan State picked up their first win of the season.

Christian Krygier was selected by the Islanders 196th overall in 2018.

The week prior week, Notre Dame forward and Islanders prospect, Jacob Pivonka, began play with a season-opening series against Wisconson.  Pivonka appeared in both games for Notre Dame but did not register any points.

Pivonka was also drafted in 2018.

For other Islanders prospects in the NCAA, their seasons will begin in the coming weeks. Alex Jefferies, who was selected 121st overall in this year’s draft will begin his freshman season at Merrimack College on Dec. 4 against Maine.

Senior defenseman Benjamin Mirageas and Providence College open their season on Dec. 4 as well against Northeastern and Boston University senior forward Logan Cockerill kicks things off against Vermont on the same day. Both players were drafted in 2017 by the Islanders.

Islanders sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft Collin Adams begins his senior season on Dec. 2 when North Dakota University plays Miami (Ohio).

Misha Song, who was selected in 2015 and became the first Chinese-born player to be selected in the NHL Draft, won’t be on the ice this season after the Ivy League announced it was canceling winter sports because of COVID-19. Song plays for Cornell University.

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Isles Jon Ledecky Named one of Long Island’s Power 100 by City & State

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Among the Long Island politicians and business leaders on this year’s City & State Long Island Power 100 list was a familiar name to New York Islanders fans.

Team co-owner Jon Ledecky was 53rd on the annual list of Long Island’s most powerful and influential people. It was the second consecutive year that Ledecky was on the list put out by City & State, which covers state and local politics in New York.

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“Jon Ledecky, the co-owner of the New York Islanders, has seen major progress in the construction of the new UBS Arena at Belmont Park, where the Islanders expect to play for the 2021-2022 NHL season,” City & State wrote about the Islanders owner.  “The home opener next year will signal a new beginning for the home team following a contentious exodus to Brooklyn after being ousted from Nassau Coliseum.”

Ledecky was ranked 49th in 2019 after he, along with Scott Malkin, returned the Islanders to Nassau County and they were selected by New York State to develop an arena and retail district at Belmont Park.

As the co-owner of Long Island’s lone major professional sports franchise, it isn’t too much of a surprise to see Ledecky’s name on the City & State list. While the Islanders can be overlooked in the market, they still have a significant impact on the Long Island economy, and the development at Belmont Park goes beyond just hockey and the Islanders.

There are a few names that Islanders fans may also remember from the team’s attempts to renovate the Nassau Coliseum.

RXR Realty CEO Scott Rechler ranked 16th. Rechler had partnered with former Islanders owner Charles Wang on his proposed Lighthouse Project, which was eventually killed by the Town of Hempstead in 2010. Rechler and RXR are currently working on a redevelopment plan for the 72 acres that surround the current Nassau Coliseum.

Congressman Tom Suozzi, who was then the county executive of Nassau Coliseum during the Lighthouse Project, was listed at 11 and current county executive and supporter of the Islanders project at Belmont Park, Laura Curren was ranked second by City & State.

Sticking with the Lighthouse/referendum era, New York State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs was fourth on the Power 100. Jacobs was one of the lead opponents to the Islanders 2011 arena referendum and he famously suggested during an interview on WFAN that the Islanders sell personal seat licenses to fund a new building.

Vocal Belmont support and New York State senator Todd Kaminsky was listed seventh by City & State.

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Deal with Coliseum Lease Holder Allows Isles to Play There During Restrictions

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An agreement between Nassau County and new Nassau Coliseum leaseholder Nassau Live Center LLC would allow for the New York Islanders to use the Coliseum during the COVID-19 restrictions should the NHL season start up in 2021, According to Newsday.

Nassau Live Center LLC, which is run by Florida businessman Nick Mastroianni II, took over operations of the Nassau Coliseum in August after Mikhail Prokhorov owned Onexim Sports and Entertainment shuttered the building earlier this year. The new arrangement between the County and Mastroianni would allow for Mastroianni to forgo the $4 million a month rent payments to Nassau County until at least next summer.

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As part of that, the Islanders would be allowed to play at the Coliseum with or without fans in the building next season. The 2020-21 season is the Islanders final one before they move to UBS Arena at Belmont Park.

In September Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters that the Islanders would play their final year before Belmont at Nassau Coliseum despite the uncertainty at the time surrounding the use of the county-owned facility.

“We will definitely be playing at the Coliseum next year. That is a confirmation,” Lamoriello said in September.

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The NHL is targeting a Jan. 1 start date, but there is no firm plan in place yet on how the league will start by that date. Among the many aspects the NHL is trying to plan for is whether or not they will use hub cities to begin the year or have teams play in their home arenas.

An amendment was also agreed upon, according to Newsday, that would give Mastroianni “until six months after the state lifts restrictions on arena events” to submit a plan to the County for the Nassau Coliseum. Oak View Group, which is a part owner and operator of the Islanders new arena at Belmont Park, proposed downsizing the Coliseum to a 5,000 seat music-focused venue.

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