Isles Turning 40

The Islanders finally have something to celebrate.

The organization announced Friday the launch of their campaign to celebrate their 40-Year Anniversary. The Islanders played their first National Hockey League season in 1972 and are proud to celebrate 40 years on Long Island.

According to the organization, the theme for the Islanders’ upcoming season is “Commitment,” representing the organization’s ongoing commitment to its fans and the Long Island community.

“The Long Island community has been very supportive of their team and we are honored to bring back many of the Islanders greats spanning the past four decades,” Islanders Sr. Vice President Michael Picker said in a statement. “With the current core of talent that is blossoming before our eyes, we are confident that this franchise is destined for a successful season both on and off the ice.”

Some things to look forward to during the 2011-12 season, according to the Islanders:

*The Islanders will celebrate “Decade Nights” throughout the year, in which they will honor an Islanders legend with induction into the Islanders Hall of Fame: Nov. 19 – Ed Westfall, Dec. 31 – Ken Morrow, Jan. 14 – Pat Flatley and Feb. 11 – Kenny Jonsson.

*Throughout the season, players will wear a commemorative 40-Year Anniversary patch on the left shoulder of the team’s jerseys. The logo will also appear on the team’s marketing materials throughout the season and at center ice during all home games at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

*The Islanders will incorporate the 40-Year Anniversary into their social media campaign with the #Isles40th Twitter hashtag. The club will feature tweets every Wednesday of fans sharing their stories of Islanders hockey.

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