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Just days after naming their young star player John Tavares as the 14th Team Captain in franchise history, Thursday the NY Islanders took their second step this month towards starting their new and bright future. The Islanders started their day on Long Island in Garden City, New York where Frans Nielsen, Matt Martin and General Manager Garth Snow joined Long Island Rail Road President Helena E. Williams and the Mayor of Garden City John Watras as they unveiled the “Take the Train to the Game” transportation program, which will be a new means for fans on Long Island to see games when the team plays games in Brooklyn.
To mark the special event the entire New York Islanders team rode the train from Garden City train station to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, where they were welcomed to their “soon-to-be” new home in Brooklyn for their very first practice at the Barclays Center facility. Standing on the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenue waiting to greet the team was Barclays Developer and Brooklyn Nets Minority Owner Bruce Ratner and Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark. The two shook hands with every Islanders player and staff and personally welcomed them to the state of the art facility, which will be their home for the Pre-Season game against the NJ Devils on September 21st and will be their Official Arena beginning with the 2015 -2016 season. Once inside the team split into two squads and had two separate hour long practices on the brand new ice surface at the Barclays Center, before a short press conference was given by Islanders Owner Charles Wang, GM Garth Snow and Coach Jack Capuano.