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May 20, 2008

1980: New York Islanders Win Stanley Cup

The year is 1980. With a new decade comes a new champion, and, as it turns out, a new dynasty.

After years of promise but disappointment, the New York Islanders finally emerge as the best team in hockey. They would win their Stanley Cup in franchise history in 1980, but not loosen their grip on Lord Stanley's chalice for 4 years.

The Islanders were powered by the big four - Billy Smith in net, Denis Potvin on defense and Mike Bossy and playoff MVP Bryan Trottier up front. Clark Gillies, Butch Goring, and John Tonelli provided much of the grit and guts, while Bobby Nystrom provided the everlasting image of the Islanders' championship reign:

3 comments:

Scotty Hockey said...

Boooo!!!!

murph said...

Nice job Joe, been waiting for you to get to the Isles' Cups for a while now.

Here's some more 1980 video
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hepfUAjzHuc

I actually have vids of 80, 81, and 82 on YouTube. I have 83 too, but haven't cut it up and uploaded.

chris said...

Very Nice.........Flyers Hockey - no cups since 1974.

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