"This is a sad day for Nassau County and unfortunately another crippling hit to our local economy," said Kevan Abrahams, the Nassau County Legislature's minority leader. "To lose the Islanders, Nassau's only professional sports franchise, is an epic failure of leadership at all levels. We must immediately start working on new ideas for the Hub so that the Coliseum does not sit as a crumbling eyesore for generations."
Nassau Coliseum opened in 1972 and is the oldest arena in the NHL that hasn't been renovated. With the Islanders leaving Nassau County in 2015 means there will only be two full season left of hockey at the Coliseum. Play has not begun for the 2012-13 season because of a labor dispute between players and owners.
The Islanders name and logo will remain unchanged when the team moves into Brooklyn.