‘New York Saints’ nickname appears during Islanders run
Seth Tierney got chills hearing Islanders fans during a drunken Nassau Coliseum chant, “New York Saints!” New York Saints!
By then, Tierney understood that this was not the late indoor lacrosse team of the same name for which he played three seasons. The NFL New Orleans Saints knew it wasn’t about them either, but that didn’t stop them from hitting the bandwagon.
Ever since Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said while criticizing refereeing, “They’re selling a narrative out there that it’s more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders,” the nickname has caught on. “When the Saints Go Marching In” became the unofficial fight song of the Islanders’ playoff race, the former lacrosse team accidentally returned to the headlines and Cassidy was fined $ 25,000 by The NHL seems worth every penny for starting such an unpredictable story in the playoffs.
“Sometimes all it takes is a weird little spark to start one of these wildfires, and that’s what we have right now,” said Tierney, who is now Hofstra’s men’s lacrosse coach. “Definitely happy for the Islanders, happy for Long Island and the Coliseum.”
Just under 1,200 miles away, the Saints football social media team is having fun with it. Their Twitter account posted a video of Islander fans chanting with the message: “Saints fans are everywhere and LOUD.” When New York knocked out Boston in six games to advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals, the Saints tweeted their congratulations with a photo of smiling running back Alvin Kamara raising six fingers and the line, “When the Islanders come in working.”
Who saw this coming?
“Fans and social media work with a lot these days,” veteran Islanders forward Matt Martin said on Friday. “Obviously I heard the chants the other night pretty much every time we got a penalty. That’s what the fans do: they like it. They make it fun.
Tierney and his fellow former New York Saints of the National Lacrosse League are certainly entertained. The team that existed from 1989 to 2003 is experiencing a kind of rebirth with some Islanders fans coming out of old clothes with the logo of a Saint Bernard holding a lacrosse stick to pair with halos and angel wins.
“It’s almost like folklore when you say, ‘Do you remember the saints? “And stories are starting to circulate,” former player Jeff Shirk said. “There is definitely a nostalgia involved.”
Shirk has described his former team as “a motley bunch,” and Tierney fondly remembers winning $ 124.90 per game after tax. As former player Gavin Prout describes him, the Saints were much like the Islanders are now.
“They fought for a number of years and people always supported the saints,” Prout said. “We fought a lot of adversity both on and off the field, but it was always the team first and the guys were fantastic.”
The Lacrosse Saints have also played at the Nassau Coliseum, which will be on the move again when the Islanders face the Tampa Bay Lightning with a Stanley Cup Final berth on the line. Tierney now looks with pride to the past and present of the arena butt with the New York Riptide and hope the Islanders can hang another banner – even if it climbs into a sparkling new building on the road to Belmont Park.
“Having 12,000 people coming out of a pandemic and chanting ‘New York Saints’ and people wearing T-shirts and shirts and things like that is like Armageddon in your mind and you come back to that moment- there, “he said. . “With them moving, if they can throw a leaving party and win it all, that would be great.”
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