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Weird Islanders: The Podcast! - Episode 21 - Justin Mapletoft (with guest Noel Fogelman)

“Why would you ever want to leave the New York Islanders?”

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Joined by returning guest Noel Fogelman, Mike and Dan remember Justin Mapletoft, a highly-touted Islanders prospect from before the social media era.

A decorated junior player and very strong two-way center in the AHL, Mapletoft’s game never quite translated to the NHL. And on an Islanders team that was suddenly strong down the middle - thanks to the acquisitions of Alexei Yashin and Michael Peca - he didn’t get much of a chance to show what he could do. Mapletoft was around the organization for a long time, but missed the time of podcasts, blogs, YouTube and the like, which is both good and bad for a prospect that fans had high hopes for.

Noel has spoken to Justin and tells us his thoughts on his days with the Islanders, the time he considered asking for a trade and a very surprising regret he’s been carrying around for years.

Thank again to Noel (@thefirstnoel19 on Twitter) for coming on again. Check out his podcast Remembering My Youth for great interviews with actors, musicians and celebrities like Anne Cusack and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels.


  • Mapletoft was a Red Deer Rebels legend. Like the Sutters except not blood related (that we know of).
  • In The Athletic, Rick DiPietro talked about how much that 02-03 Sound Tigers Calder Cup Final run meant to him, and singled out Mapletoft as one of the team’s best players.
  • Peter Laviolette liked the cut of Justin’s jib.
  • First goal alert! At least, Adrian Aucoin told Mapletoft it was the rookie’s goal, so we’ll take his word for it.
  • Hey, another. And a much more dynamic one (Spoiler: the Islanders still lost the game).

What makes a “Weird Islander?”

We’re always open to suggestions about other Weird Islanders to discuss. Remember the criteria. Candidates must fulfill one of the two of the following:

  • Played one (1) season or less for the Islanders or very short stints over multiple seasons.
  • Be a veteran NHLer who is not generally associated with his time on Islanders.

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