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

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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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: #1,397,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Format: Kindle Edition
The New York Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups (hockey's championship trophy) between 1980 and 1983. This book by Alan Hahn chronicles that first season when the team had the label of a "choker." This was deserved as the team had much talent but never seemed to be able to win when needed in the playoffs.

That changed during the 1979-80 season when the team added key players such as Butch Goring to go along with so many talented players already on the Islanders' roster such as Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Billy Smith. Al Arbour was the coach of this team and his work is also credited with getting this bunch of underachievers to gel together to create a championship team.

In this book the reader will be taken on the ice, into the locker room and also into the front office of the team. Not only are there recaps of important games during the season, there are also stories from players and a good chapter on the financial struggles of the team. One example of that is that the Islanders were still paying part of the expansion team fee charged in 1972 - seven years earlier!

The best part of the book comes after the Islanders make the playoffs. The game and series recaps along with the stories behind the games make for the best reading in the book. Even though a fan knows the outcome for each series and that, of course, the Islanders become the champions, the details and pictures of that magical spring for Islanders fans will keep the reader turning pages. All in all, a good book that hockey fans will enjoy, especially if their favorite team plays on Long Island.

Did I skim? No

Did I learn something new about the subject? Yes.
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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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