New York Islanders followers have been lastly in a position to see their workforce within the model new UBS Area on Saturday evening.
Fan began the evening by becoming a member of singer Nicole Raviv for America’s nationwide anthem.
Raviv and Islanders followers went viral over the summer season in the course of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Islanders trustworthy helped sing the national anthem and captured the hearts of hockey followers and others watching the playoff video games.
Raviv was the primary particular person to sing the nationwide anthem earlier than an Islanders recreation within the new area. New York performed 13 street video games earlier than the workforce lastly dropped the puck in its new area Saturday evening in opposition to the Calgary Flames.
“The Islanders have had an fascinating journey,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.
“Whether or not that journey was venue to venue, from Nassau to Brooklyn and again once more, or various possession teams … I believe it is truthful to say this franchise has by no means been in higher form. The long run has by no means been brighter.”
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul was additionally readily available for the ceremony.
“You’re witnessing the miracle on ice proper right here since you bought it carried out in two years, throughout a pandemic, and this area is superior,” she mentioned.
Hochul additionally praised Raviv for her efficiency within the playoffs.
“It was a wonderful reminder of the truth that regardless of the political discourse that goes on in America immediately, we’re all united with the assumption that that is an unbelievable nation,” she added Friday. “To the Islanders, you made that occur for a short second, and we’ll always remember that.”