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Petition to Jon Ledecky

Induct Pat LaFontaine into the Islanders Hall of Fame

The Islanders drafted Pat LaFontaine third overall in the 1983 NHL draft. The Islanders acquired the pick from the Colorado Rockies for Dave Cameron and Bob Lorimer in 1981. It turned out to be one of the greatest trades in team history. LaFontaine scored 566 points (287 goals, 279 assists) in 530 games for the Islanders, taking the torch from Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier as the Islanders’ top offensive threat. LaFontaine became the first player not named Bossy or Trottier to lead the Islanders in scoring in 10 years, when he notched 92 points in 1987-88. LaFontaine led the Islanders in goals and points for four straight seasons; his best statistical year coming in 1989-90, when he scored 54 goals and 105 points. Number 16 ranks sixth in Islanders’ all-time scoring and 5th in goals with 287 and became the second Islander to score 50 goals in a season. Pat ranked 7th in the fan voting for the greatest all-time islanders His greatest Islanders moment came on April 18, 1987 when he scored at 8:42 of quadruple overtime to beat Capitals, 4-3, in Game 7 of Patrick Division semifinals. Game ends in early hours of Sunday, April 19, and is remembered as the "Easter Epic." arguably the second most memorable goal in franchise history. Pat founded Companions in Courage in 1997. Their efforts have gone to raising funds to build interactive playrooms in hospitals throughout North America. Through innovative communications tools, these playrooms replace the isolation of a hospital with a connection to family, friends and celebrities during each hospital stay. In 2003 LaFontaine was inducted into both the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame. Following his trade to Buffalo, Pat played six seasons with the Sabres where he had 385 points in 268 games. The Sabres inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2004. There is just one Hall of Fame that remains for Pat LaFontaine, the New York Islanders Hall of Fame. Pat joined the Islanders as a consultant in 2006 but left six weeks later when Charles Wang fired newly hired general manager Neil Smith.Wang and LaFontaine reconciled and Islanders honored Pat in the final season of Nassau Coliseum. He dropped the puck in the ceremonial faceoff but the team did little else to honor one of the greatest player in team history. Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin, it is time to bestow the honor that the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame and Buffalo Sabres have and induct Pat LaFontaine into the New York Islanders Hall of Fame.  

Noel Fogelman
23 supporters