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Birth of a Dynasty: The 1980 New York Islanders Hardcover – November 1, 2004

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About the Author

Alan Hahn has covered the New York Islanders for Newsday in New York for five seasons. He coauthored Fish Sticks: The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders (Sports Publishing, 2002). In 2000 he won Newsday’s Publisher Award in Sportswriting for his coverage of the team. He also won two Press Club of Long Island awards for his work. Hahn grew up on Long Island right along with the Islanders franchise and experienced the Stanley Cup dynasty as a young fan. He played hockey and basketball throughout his childhood and eventually took basketball to the NCAA level at Long Island University-C.W. Post. He now resides in Brentwood, New York, with his wife and two children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC; Assumed First edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582613338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582613338
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By nyiforlife on November 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Really, really enjoyed reading this book. From the foreword to the last page, the story of how the 1980 New York Islanders captured the Stanley Cup really comes alive. I felt the goosebumps of a 10 year old kid all over again as I read this book. My only regret: it's a bit short.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John T. on August 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read for all current and former Islander fans. So many great memories were rehashed while reading this book. The only problem I had with this book was that it had to end. By the way, not only should fans read this book, it should be required reading material for all current islanders' players. The book will bring you back to a better time and place when there were no ads on the boards, no half naked 16 year old girls skating between whistles, no instigation penalties, and most importantly, when the NY Rangers did not have the means to buy a Stanley Cup. Too bad hockey turned into the traveling circus as it is today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Green on January 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Growing up on Long Island..The whole community felt like we ALL won the Cups. This Book relives a simpler time for many. It brought back many memories from that era. Islander Fans will LOVE this book..Plain and simple. So from that standpoint. I HIGHLY recommend Book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Battleship on December 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Alan Hahn wrote a terrific book about one of the greatest hockey dynasties of all time. He gave good background information about how the Islanders had just missed making the Stanley Cup Finals the previous couple of years. The team had the talent, but they lacked a few pieces of the puzzle. It all came together for the squad in 1980. Bill Torrey acquired Butch Goring in a trade for Dave Lewis. Ken Morrow was added after the 1980 Olympics. These acquisitions were crucial to the success the club experienced the next few years.

Hahn described how the club had to stand up to a Boston Bruins team with some excellent fighters. Clark Gillies, Bob Nystrom, Gord Lane, and Garry Howatt knew they were in for a war on the ice. The Islanders refused to be intimidated by bully tactics and performed well in the fight-filled series and on the scoreboard. The Flyers were the opponents in the 1980 finals. The Islanders refused to be denied. Bob Nystrom scored the Stanley Cup winning goal at 7:11 of overtime in game six to win the Stanley Cup.

Hahn gave accurate information on the players of the team. It was an informative read. There were several excellent pictures in the book. This is a must-read book for Islanders fans.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chester-genius on January 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
At this time in my life, I was an obsessed Flyer fan. (Philadelphia had that streak from November until January where they did not loose a game!) I was in tears when Bob Nystrom scored that goal-How could he?! It was the 1st season the NHL adopted the expanded & ridiculous 16-team playoff format. In the Stanley Cup finals, the Islanders had a favorable call in the overtime period Game 1, at the Spectrum; in the Game 6 clicher, at the Coliseum they received 2 more, which all resulted in Islander goals. The officiating was the worst I've ever seen, especially at that stage!! However, they skated circles around Phila in the middle games in Long Island. Bill Torrey (the GM) made magnificent moves as you could see their superstars (Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy) mixed with the original or older Islanders (Billy Smith, Clark Gillies, John Tonelli, Nystrom), their newest acquistions (Gord Lane, Kenny Morrow)& the trade that elevated their organiztion (Butch Goring) to enable them to become a dynasty. Alan's work & research on how the club originated to that season is excellent, the problem was it brought back a lot of trauma for me!
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By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Being an Islanders fan since 1972 I could not put the book down.. It was great reading about those great moments again about a once great team. Since the team has been so dismal since those great years, it was enjoyable reading about positive historic moments in Islanders history that is basically forgotten as the book alludes to. The book brought back those memories in a play by play manner to make you relive those moments again. Even for non Islanders fans the book would perk interest.

Once they move to Brooklyn, sadly I will not longer be an Islanders fan because the NY Islanders were Long Island's team as the book pointed to as well.
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