Metropolitan New York would not have a second team again for 29 years until 1972 with the arrival of both the New York Raiders of the WHA and the NHL's New York Islanders, who were strategically placed in the region to counter the arrival of the WHA.
For the 1925-26 NHL season, a new franchise began play as tenants of the brand new (and third) Madison Square Garden in New York City.
With the New York Islanders first official game in Brooklyn tonight at their new home, the Barclays Center, The Brooklyn Historical Society is now hosting an exhibit titled: "Brooklyn Americans: Hockey's Forgotten Promise".
The exhibit, which opened on September 23rd will be on display through March 27, 2016, features programs from the 1920's and 1930's, team photos, scrapbooks and other memorabilia, including Chuck Rayner's goalie stick, Worters' skates, a sweater worn by GM Dutton and Pat Egan's warmup jacket. The gallery will be open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 PM and is located at 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn at the corner of Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights.
It also features original footage of the team in action and recorded interviews with former Brooklynites who either played or were fans of hockey in Brooklyn.
"With the imminent arrival of the New York Islanders in the borough, we are thrilled to be uncovering the history of hockey in Brooklyn," said Deborah Schwartz, President of the Brooklyn Historical Society. "We hope that visitors not only walk away with a new understanding of hockey history, but also a better appreciation of how far Brooklyn has come."
The Americans adopted their first white jersey, complete with red stripes down the arms and red cuffs, back in 1933. There would be frequent changes in the cresting and waist stripe colors and thickness until the desperate name change to "Brooklyn" in 1941, despite the team never actually playing in Brooklyn.
This game worn example no longer has it's original number 7 on the back, but it's outline is still clearly visible on the back, thanks in part to the bleeding of the dye of the red digit's blue outline.
Bonus jersey: Today's bonus jersey is a 1925-26 New York Americans Billy Burch jersey as worn during the Americans inaugural season. When the Americans took to the ice, it was in their new, star-spangled sweaters, unlike any seen before in the NHL, and we dare say ever since, thanks to it's more than three dozen stars.
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Extra bonus jersey: Today's extra bonus jersey is a 1935-36 New York Americans Harry Oliver jersey from the middle era of the Americans run in the NHL. Through 1932-33 New York had only worn variations of their original sweaters, but with the concept of separate home and road jerseys made necessary due to the expanding league seeing now multiple teams wearing red or blue, the Americans introduced a white sweater for the first time in 1933. That first white sweater, with it's shield crest, lasted two seasons until being replaced by today's bonus jersey for the 1935-36 season.
Oddly, the original look with it's multiple stripes was dropped for 1938-39, leaving this white style as their only sweater for two seasons until an evolution in their look brought a new design for 1940-41, ending today's bonus jerseys' run after six seasons, with the floundering club having just two years left to play prior to folding.