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 ErniWell, 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.