On Thursday the New York Rangers organization urged their fans to support the New York Islanders and vote yes to the Nassau County referendum on Monday that would help finance a new arena for their long-time rivals.
The third team that occupies the New York/New Jersey market -- the Devils -- released a similar statement on Friday and urged Nassau County residents to approve the referendum.
The statement, which is posted below, was made by general manager Lou Lamoriello and also appeared on the Devils website:
"The New York Islanders are a proud organization with a championship history. Monday’s referendum vote on a new Nassau Coliseum is vital to ensuring that tradition lives on.Along with what I can only imagine is a large portion of their own fan base the Islanders have the support of their two closest NHL neighbors, which is certainly good news. The isssue remains whether or not they have the support of the Nassau County voters that aren't hockey fans ... or at least the support of enough to approve the referendum.
Since opening Prudential Center in 2007, we have seen first-hand the tremendous impact that a new facility can have for our fans and the surrounding community. A world-class facility is fundamental to success in the modern sports landscape, and a necessity for both the fans and the players.
Owner Charles Wang and General Manager Garth Snow have assembled a core of talented young players whose future depends on a new home on Long Island. We look forward to continuing our Atlantic Division rivalry for years to come.
The Devils support the Islanders in their quest for a new arena, and urge Nassau County residents to vote yes this Monday."