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Fun Facts: Eight former members of the Islanders have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, seven of whom—Al Arbour, Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, Bill Torrey and Bryan Trottier—were members of all four Cup winning teams. Pat LaFontaine was the most recent inductee, having been honored in 2003.
The Islanders' team mascot is named 'Sparky the Dragon', who served at one point as cross-promotion with the Arena Football League's New York Dragons team, which also played its home games at Nassau Coliseum.
In the mid-1990s, the Islanders had a mascot called 'Nyiles' who went through two body styles, from round to human-shaped, and whose facial features other than its red hair and beard vaguely resembled the logo fisherman. Nyiles was discontinued toward the end of the 1997-98 season; the team made somewhat of an event out of it at late-season home games by distributing 'Who kidnapped Nyiles?' flyers implicating various other NHL mascots in his disappearance (Toronto Maple Leafs mascot Carleton the Bear turned out to be the culprit).
The Islanders also have an ice crew of women, the 'Ice Girls', who skate onto the ice during television breaks to clean up the snow that piles up during the game. The Ice Girls are also used for promotional purposes similar to cheerleaders in other sports.