Fish Sticks: The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders

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Once upon a time, the New York Islanders were the embodiment of greatness: four—time Stanley Cup champions and a model franchise in the National Hockey League during the early '80s. The dynasty quickly crumbled, however, and the team found itself in a seemingly never—ending freefall. One embarrassing episode after another befell the once—mighty Islanders: Kirk Muller balked at being traded to the team; the team's classic logo was replaced with one that was vehemently ridiculed, earning the team the nickname "Fish...
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Once upon a time, the New York Islanders were the embodiment of greatness: four—time Stanley Cup champions and a model franchise in the National Hockey League during the early '80s. The dynasty quickly crumbled, however, and the team found itself in a seemingly never—ending freefall. One embarrassing episode after another befell the once—mighty Islanders: Kirk Muller balked at being traded to the team; the team's classic logo was replaced with one that was vehemently ridiculed, earning the team the nickname "Fish Sticks"; a slick con artist managed to buy the team with nothing more than his charm; the team failed to make the playoffs seven seasons in a row as miserly owners purged players salaries; Hall of Fame great Bryan Trottier feuded with the team and blocked the retirement of his jersey; embattled general manager "Mad Mike" Milbury couldn't do anything to get himself fired. Yet, having finally hit bottom after enduring countless trials and near—unbelievable tribulations, the team has begun its climb to the top. New owner Charles Wang has brought not only a desire to return the Islanders to their place of pride, but also the money to do it. The team experienced a remarkable resurgence during the 2001—02 season. Ticket sales have skyrocketed since that breakthrough success, with the team expecting to fight its way back into the playoffs for a second straight season.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781582616643
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2003

    One word: FANTASTIC

    I LOVED this book. I couldn't put it down from the minute I began reading it. Many parts were funny, others... were not. A MUST HAVE for ANY Islander fan. Oh, and whether you're a Mike Milbury fan or not, this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    SO GLAD I STAYED AN ISLANDERS FAN !!!

    This book was painful,brutal,informitive and satisfying.Reading about the triumphant return to glory was great.Good things happen to those wait,and this team is finally back on track.All this and the Rangers are in last!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2003

    After re-living some of these stories, I can't believe I'm still a fan.

    Islander fans, no one believes some of the stuff we went through with this teamwhen you tell them the stories. Spano, Milstein, the whole condeming the Coliseum, Palffy going to the Ranger$, it's all in here. Some of the stories look funny in the rearview mirror, but most of it just makes you really appreciate guys like Mr. Wang, Mr. Kumar, Mike Peca, Adrian Aucoin, and others even more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2003

    The Best Book Ever On The Best Team Ever

    As a long-time New York Islanders fan, I was very excited when I heard that Alan and Peter were corroborating on this book together, as they are two of the best hockey beat writers to EVER cover the team. The book is concise and filled with inside information that even we diehard fans knew very little about. I was fortunate enough to get the authors to autograph my copy, and it will maintain a prominant position on my coffee table for years to come. This book is a MUST read for ALL Islanders fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2003

    A Contemporary Book for Isles Fans

    Sci-fi tells us there is that time travel is possible. Science fact says it isn't. FISHSTICKS, the book, proves it is. I received the book as a gft last night after the Islander game and returned home about 1:00 am. I finished it by morning time. This book takes you back to all the times where others have been afraid to tread. It took me back to many of the games and events that I actually participated. This book is funny, enlightening and as a die-hard Islander and hockey fan, truthful. It has a bit of something for everyone that makes a book great; lies, fights, sex, humor, intrigue, and it blows the doors open on many of the rumors that have been circulating around for sometime now. The book is written by two of NY area's hottest sport beat reporters. Their writing to me was clear and concise and I was done in a few hours as I couldn't put it down. I found my self saying, "I remember that!", " I was there for that!", "Really!! NO way did that happen!" The part I like the best about the book is the way the chapters are well defined in the different eras and events that have befallen the team. The one tribulation I originally had with the book was of course the title. This being a direct reference to the Islander's fisherman jersey debacle of a few years ago. After further contemplating on this, I believe that these two guys are absolute media virtuosos as they have given us a counter chant to the Ranger fans, "We want FISHSTICKS" jeer. A simple retort of , "24.95 for the book". Making use of previous established chant for publicity is pure genious. Many accolades to these two guys. Much luck to you. When is the next book coming out?

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