Updated 10/24/2012 04:15 PM
Islanders moving to Brooklyn
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NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders are officially Brooklyn-bound.
The pro hockey team announced Wednesday it will be leaving the Nassau Coliseum and signing a 25-year lease at the Barclays Center starting with the 2015 season.
The team will not be changing its name.
Islanders owner Charles Wang, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, Borough President Marty Markowitz and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were all on hand for the official announcement.
The mayor stressed the accessibility of the arena for both city residents and Long Islanders.
"Don't worry, the Islanders are bringing their own silverware incidentally: four Stanley Cup
championships to be exact. They haven't won one since the dynasty of the early '80s but Brooklyn, I'm sure, is gonna get their mojo back," Bloomberg said.
"When the New York Islanders came into existence in 1972 they shared the Nassau Veterans Coliseum with the New York Nets. And this announcement today reunites these two franchises," Wang noted.
The Islanders had been searching for a new home on Long Island, but plans for a new arena to replace the aging Coliseum were voted down in the summer of 2011.
While some community members recently raised concerns about the flood of people coming into their neighborhood as a result of the Barclays Center, many who spoke with NY1 were excited about today's news.
"That's a good move, man. Yeah I can't wait that's a good move," said one Brooklynite.
"That's great for the city of Brooklyn. Be more than just the Nets," said another Brooklynite.
Wednesday's announcement comes amid the NHL's continued lockout.
Last week, league officials canceled all regular season games through November 1.
Revenue sharing between the NHL and its players association are said to be the key sticking point.
NHL officials say they're hopeful a full 82-game season could still be salvaged if a deal is brokered and play resumes by November 2.