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Sparky the Dragon’s reign as Islanders mascot is over

Sparky has left the building.

In a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday, Newsday’s Art Staple confirmed that Sparky will not make the transition to Barclays Center (Sept 22).

Sparky originally served as the mascot for both the Islanders and the now-defunct New York Dragons of the arena football upon his introduction 2001. He was one of only two mascots in franchise history.

Though Sparky will no longer serve as the Isles mascot, he will continue to make appearances at various events on Long Island (Sept. 22).

Brian Erni

Well, we got our uniforms, our organist, our PA announcer, and all of our banners. Something was bound to bite the dust, and we now know that the ax has fallen on our beloved dragon. For whatever reason, Sparky was a pretty polarizing figure around the fan base. For those who he was meant to appeal to (read: kids), he seemed to do the trick. Of course, this does save you from trying to explain why the Islanders have a dragon as our mascot when you take your friend to a game. I’m sure that lack of brand continuity is one of the biggest reasons for his dismissal.

So farewell, Sparky. You waved a heck of a flag. RIP, friend. We hardly knew thee.





78 comments
Macacawitz
Macacawitz

They took him to a vet this morning and had him put down.  It was very sad.  Too bad they didn't take Chuckles the Owner along for the ride too. 

Going to miss sparky, my nieces love him.

gfunk
gfunk

Not sure what was so hard to explain about a silly dragon being a mascot. How many mascots have strange origins and make no sense, and yet are revered by the fans? Look at Youppi for the Canadiens, the Kings have a lion, the Maple Leafs have Carlton the Bear, the Red Wings have an octopus, the Stars have a green alien, the flames have Harvey the Hound... And that's just the NHL's odd mascots. They're fun for kids and it's part of your team's story. But why not cut ties with every bit of history that got the islanders to this point?

gfunk
gfunk

No need for this

jethrono9
jethrono9

Or they should hire Kate Hudson to skate around between periods, guys would love it, and wives, and girlfriends would hate it. lol

jethrono9
jethrono9

The next mascot, if they are going to have a mascot should be a HOBO, as in BUM for the Brooklyn Dodgers,  I bet not many in here remember that.

vegasvic
vegasvic

Good bye. No more Disneyland mascot. Hello brooklyn

Rob Gatt
Rob Gatt

This is a good thing. Sparky only became the Isles mascot as a cross promotion for that crappy arena football team anyway.

Kellyann Pickering- Rhoads
Kellyann Pickering- Rhoads

Last straw for me. I hope the team wins in Brooklyn, but moves back to Nassau. I would rather have my old barn back with my ice girls and silly dragon.

vegasvic
vegasvic

Another one thinking there moving back to LI.

SMH

mysticmana.com
mysticmana.com

Going to a game at its best is an escape from everyday BS. 

A place and time where you can put your reservations on the side and be stupid, goofy,crazy , scream your head off with friends family and 16000 others. Mascots like Sparky(always thought he was a sea monster), The ice-girls ect lighten the mood and create an atmosphere of fun, ridiculousness.Who cares if theyr not cool.

Barclays brass suck. All you have to do is go to a Nets game to see whats coming.  Its so dead and boring there. Nets and yormark impose a dark exclusive nightclub-like atmosphere, where everyone has to pretend to like rap music, and is too cool to cheer. That is unless they prompt you to it.(They think this is what cool is suppost to be). After a couple of games I couldnt take it anymore.

 Booooring!!

 

vegasvic
vegasvic

Yea because the Nets sucks. Don't compare the Nets to the Isles. TIA

Screw Sparky!!!!!!! He was a stupid dragon... This is the NHL not Peter Pan

phishstyx1
phishstyx1

he's now campaigning for Kate Murray 

TonyM
TonyM

                        Who needs Sparky when we have Cappy, our mascot behind the bench!

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

The fact that this is a relevant story is crazy.  The fact 52 other people besides myself decided to comment is crazier.  What the story is not telling you is that Sparky is a secret agent for the FBI and he his mission is now to find the where abouts of Nyles our once proud Caveman like mascot.  Then and any then will our once great franchise return to it rightful home on Long Island.

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

Rumor is the Isles will be on 1130 AM Bloomberg radio. Is this true and is Chris King doing games?

Joe Galizio
Joe Galizio

The only thing that can replace the Ice Girls and Sparky is a big shiny STANLEY CUP

smitty3131
smitty3131

Just watched channel 4 news. Teens stabbed front of Barclays center yesterday in what police say is ongoing problem front of arena. Welcome to the new islander country

Brian Ketcham
Brian Ketcham

I like it... Maybe a hipster Nyles with slicked back hair and horned rim glasses

Erich Bauer
Erich Bauer

Good- it was stupid. Not sure what a dragon had to do w this team anyway.

Michelle Flammia
Michelle Flammia

Like magic! Abracadabra!!!! Here comes the cup!!!!!!! That's next on the agenda

Michelle Flammia
Michelle Flammia

The ice girls make no sense and wreak of desperation too lol!

Peter Ragone
Peter Ragone

I'm sorry Mich, it just made no sense and always wreaked of desperation, lolol.

At least I get to see him in NHL 16. He is in the game.

Made In New York
Made In New York

Hey don't forget the Ice Girls were the first to go. It's now the Ice people so we can be more PC with ice dudes up on the mix.

Peter Ragone
Peter Ragone

Buy the kids holiday erasers at Target, they'll be just as happy.

Steven Maffei
Steven Maffei

Let's get rid of all of things that were used to distract fans from a lousy product on the ice and focus on WINNING.

Michelle Flammia
Michelle Flammia

Am I the only one that liked Sparky? I'm saddened by this. He was good to the kids when he visited the school. Put a smile on everyone's face!