Hundred Year member, Sentinel Printing Company prints one of the last pieces for Long Island originals, the New York Islanders. The team who has made Uniondale, N.Y, there home for 43 years will play there first game this coming fall in there new home at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center. Here are a some words from our friends at Sentinel Printing:
“This month, we were fortunate enough to be part of the last home games for the New York Islanders. For many years, we’ve shared the same hometown with Long Island’s only professional sports team in a passionate way. It seems only fitting that our company with 157 years of history in the Hempstead-Uniondale area would print one of the final pieces for a team with 43 years in our backyard.
There were some great years and there were many not so great years. Throughout them all we shared a loyalty with their organization as clients, friends and fans.
Many people have asked about the importance of the Islanders to Long Island, particularly Nassau County. Our community is identified as Islanders, a brand created by the likes of Mike Bossy, Pat LaFontaine and one of my favorite Long Islanders Bob Nystrom. It’s going to be interesting to see if our great community can rebrand itself without the likes of this franchise.
Long Island is well known for the beautiful beaches and wealthy homes, but there aren’t many more identifiable pieces. The Islanders were a national brand for our home. Somehow the Brooklyn Islanders doesn’t quite work, even though my childhood geography taught me that Brooklyn is still part of Long Island.
I know many friends who are Ranger fans aren’t concerned about the move, but my concern as a fan is one thing, my concern as a business owner is quite another. Brands are not that easy to build; it takes time and can be expensive.
However, with every change there’s an opportunity. Let’s hope that this loss allows our community to pull together to build a new home for economic prosperity that will serve Long Island for generations to come.”