Never expected to see Top Chef, Fortnite, the Houston Astros and a near-incineration of an Islanders Hall of Famer all end up in the same article.
- The results are in for Arthur Staple’s Islanders fan survey at The Athletic. Thanks to everyone who voted and congrats again to Dale Hunter, who remains Islanders Country’s Public Enemy No. 1 for the 27th straight year. But who voted for Jiri Tlusty? Confidence is currently pretty high in Islanders ownership, management and, especially, coaching.
- Holy crap. Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle is an Islanders fan? Why am I just hearing about this now? In any event, he sits down with Staple on the latest No Sleep Til Belmont podcast to talk about his fandom and his connection to the club.
- Fun Fact (that most of you probably already knew): Clark Gillies and Bob Bourne played in the minors for the Houston Astros. The Houston Chronicle asks them about their experience.
- Part I of our look at Islanders Underdog moments throughout the years. There are so many that two articles are needed. Part II should post tomorrow.
- The NHL is still considering hub cities as a way to start back up, and has its eyes on 8-9 sites. [NHL.com | Related: this 31 Thoughts column is a few days old, but also talks about how a 24-team playoff field could work]
- Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov is waiting for his chance to sign and come to North America. So are a few others including Ilya Sorokin. But timing is everything, so lots of folks are waiting. [The Athletic]
- The city council of Henderson, Nevada has unanimously approved funding for the Golden Knights’ affiliate AHL arena. Boom. That was easy. [Knights on Ice]
- That’s cool and all for the people of Henderson but San Antonio is losing its longtime team, the Rampage, who are moving to Nevada. The team wasn’t good very often, but they did forge a connection to the community. [The Athletic]
- The NHLPA’s Fortnite tournament concluded Monday and, as they did on the ice last year, the Blues took home the title. The Islanders team... did not do well. [The Athletic]
Oh man. This is amazing.