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Billy Smith

Billy Smith (Hockey.  Born, Perth, Ont., Dec. 12, 1950.)  Of the Islanders who were in uniform for the team’s first game Oct. 7, 1972, at Nassau Coliseum, William John Smith was the last to retire.  A notably abrasive and aggressive standup goalie, Smith, who for the first half of his Islanders career shared the nets with Chico Resch, […]

Bobby Nystrom

Bobby Nystrom (Hockey.  Born, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 10, 1952.)  Among skaters, no one logged more years with the Islanders from their inception than Robert Thore Nystrom.  A third-round draft pick (33rd overall) in 1972, Nystrom played 14 seasons with the club, retiring in 1986.  In 900 regular-season games, he scored 235 goals with a high […]

Al Arbour

Al Arbour (Hockey.  Born, Sudbury, Ont., Nov. 1, 1932.)  Alger Joseph Arbour achieved milestones as coach of the New York Islanders that have made him one of the legendary figures in the history of the National Hockey League.  After a 12-year career as an N.H.L. defenseman, Arbour coached the St. Louis Blues for parts of […]

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