NYC Hockey Guide

nycgo.com staff

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The 2016 hockey season in New York City begins with a bang on October 13, when the Islanders visit the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. After facing off in one of sports’ fiercest rivalries, both teams will play full slates of National Hockey League games in hopes of reaching the playoffs and hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Hockey games in New York City are fun not only because of the action on the ice, but also thanks to passionate fan bases that loudly support their teams and proudly pass along chants and other traditions from generation to generation. If you’d like to see for yourself, read on for tips.

Team Cheat Sheet

Team New York Rangers (tickets) New York Islanders (tickets)
Year founded 1926 1972
Home arena Madison Square Garden Barclays Center
Championships 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
Historic great Mark Messier, the Blueshirts’ captain in 1994 when they won their first title in 54 years Goalie Billy Smith, who played with the team from 1972 through 1989, including every one of their championships
Sample moment of agony A strong 2014 season ends with a crushing double-overtime loss against the Kings in game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The team trades in its classic logo for something resembling a certain TV-dinner mascot for a few strange years in the 1990s.
Sample moment of triumph It all comes back to 1994, when the Rangers’ game 7 win set off one of the most delirious celebrations in New York sports history. Bob Nystrom’s overtime goal in game 6 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Final brings the Isles the first of four consecutive titles.
How do they feel about the other NYC team? Hate ’em. There’s a lot of animosity there.

For more information, including complete schedules, and to purchase tickets visit our Rangers and Islanders event pages.

How to Get There

The Rangers’ home, Madison Square Garden, is right on top of Penn Station. The 1, 2, 3, A, C and E subway lines all stop at 34th Street–Penn Station, while the B, D, F, M, N and R all stop nearby at 34th Street–Herald Square. Commuters from the suburbs can take the Long Island Railroad or New Jersey Transit to Penn Station.

Barclays Center, where the Islanders play, is located at Atlantic Terminal—Brooklyn’s most active transit hub. The 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, R and Q subway trains all stop there, as does the Long Island Rail Road—which ferries in many of the team’s old-school fans from political Long Island (Brooklyn, as you may know, is geographically located on Long Island).

Anything Else I Should Know?

Like virtually all large stadiums and arenas, Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center have long lists of rules—many pertaining to security. For details on what types of bags and items you may and may not bring into the venues, visit thegarden.com and barclayscenter.com. Doing this research beforehand will likely make for a smoother game-day experience.

And have fun.


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