On June 10, 1973, Bill Torrey hired the only coach he'd ever need.
On June 8, 1972, the Architect began assembling the pieces that would make the Isles the NHL's best franchise.
He gave his all every time he hit the ice. In John Tonelli's final forgotten season, that ice was in Chicago and Quebec.
Greg Prato's oral history of the New York Islanders dynasty becomes the definitive history of the legendary team that won four consecutive Stanley Cups and 19 consecutive playoff series.
The Islanders were the NHL's last true dynasty. Now, with the team moving to Brooklyn in 2015, its crystal clear that Nassau County itself did more damage to the dynasty than any other team ever could.
"That's a tough thing, and as much as I would love him to play here, for my mind it would just be, you know, the old dad syndrome. And boy we've worked hard to try to get out of that; he's his own man and he's made his own image and player profile ... As much as I'd love to see it I think it would work against him."
Islanders 2008 pick Travis Hamonic gets to play for the Memorial Cup at home Sunday, in his last game before turning pro.