Born on Christmas Eve in 1976, I was too young to have vivid memories of the Dynasty years of the New York Islanders. My first recollection of the team comes in around the 1986-1987 season (Mikko Makela, what a cool name!), most notably the Easter Epic.
(Side note: Do you remember where you were during the Easter Epic? I do. I was at my friend Randy's house for a sleepover, celebrating his 10th or 11th birthday. If you remember, let's hear about it in comments.)
Regardless of how poor the product on the ice was, one thing the organization did well was celebrate the past. When Charles Wang created the Islanders Hall of Fame, we all knew who was going to be inducted, all deserving the accolade many years prior to it occurring: Mike Bossy, Billy Smith, Bryan Trottier, Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies and Bobby Nystrom.
Then it was announced that Bob Bourne was going to be the next member, and I, for one, was excited. Excited that this Hall of Fame wouldn't necessarily be based on statistics alone. No, the Islanders would also be honoring those whose contributions didn't necessarily always show up in the box score, who left their indelible mark on the team and the fans.
Since Bourne's induction in 2006, there has not been another inductee. While Charles Wang has been preoccupied, with trying to improve the team while limiting his financial losses and attempting to bring his Lighthouse Project to fruition, the lack of any other members is inexcusable.
Considering the attendance at most Islander games this past season, with the team even cutting ticket prices towards the end of the season, you would think that they would have at least one of these inductions a season, since they know they could pack the house.
Islander fans are a passionate, intelligent, opinionated bunch, so if you think I missed someone, or if you think someone I named shouldn't be included, let me know.
If and when the organization does decide to remember that they have a Hall of Fame, here are five more deserving members.