VIDEO: Isles fan retires Matt Moulson jersey to bedroom rafters

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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As the great Neil Sedaka once sang so perfectly, breaking up is hard to do.

That often proves especially tough in professional sports where players are beloved by fans they probably have never met. Some players get this unconditional love more than others, the fan-favorites of the hockey world.

Matt Moulson was this type of player for the Islanders, a guy that you couldn't help but root for. He was a Lady Byng candidate, a 30-goal scorer and a hard-worker who paid his dues rising to the NHL. Seeing one's favorite team part with a guy like Moulson can be such sweet sorrow.

Some fans will curse, some will even cry. But then there's one Islanders fan who took it to another level, by "retiring" Moulson's No. 26 "jersey" to the "rafters" in his bedroom (via Lighthouse Hockey). The tribute from YouTube user Kenneth Reischmann is complete with a musical ceremony and everything (it's just the Islanders horn and goal song but it's a nice touch).

That is quite the dedication to a now-departed member of the Isles, his name and number hanging in the corner of the room to forever remind of the great time Long Island and Moulson had together.

Of course the new addition the Isles acquired from the Sabres for Moulson, Thomas Vanek, also wears No. 26 so unless he changes numbers a la Ray Bourque (he's not), the jersey is going to have to come down from the rafters as soon as it went up.

S/t to @TravisSBN

 
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