On Oct. 7, 1972, the New York Islanders took to the ice at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the first time in history. And come April 11, the Islanders will play the last ever regular season game in that very same building. To commemorate the 43-year history of the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, the team will don special throwback jerseys paying tribute to their inaugural season. The throwback jerseys are nearly exact replicas of the threads worn by the expansion Islanders in 1972-73, except for one notable difference: the name bar. In New York’s first season, the jerseys were without player names on the back, but the Islanders will be wearing names on the backs of their sweaters for their season-ending tilt with the Columbus Blue Jackets. You can check the jerseys out below:
Following the game, Islanders players will give the jerseys to fans who have won an auction for the sweaters. The auction began on March 16 and runs through to April 2. Currently, the highest priced sweater belongs to John Tavares, whose jersey has a top bid of nearly $5,000. All proceeds from the jerseys will go to the Islanders Children’s Foundation. It won’t be the last game at Nassau Coliseum, however. The Islanders will get at least two more home games in the post-season and, if they make a deep run, can add at least a bit more history to the storied building before moving to Brooklyn next season.