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Nystrom to Appear at Marine Expo

New York Islanders great Bob Nystrom will make a special appearance at this year’s Marine & Outdoor Recreation Expo to be held Sunday, Sept. 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Jones Beach West End Boat Basin on the Short Beach.

The event, which is sponsored by the offices of Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, is free of charge. In addition to the appearance by Nystrom, the day features environmental protection and green energy education, plus solar energy and hydrogen power displays, live music and recreational activities.

Other outdoor activities include snapper fishing, fly-fishing, touch tanks, face painting, tattoos, arts and crafts, kayaking, and rescue boats. At the event, Merrit Bakery of Farmingdale will, according to the assemblyman’s office, create the country’s largest fish-shaped cake for the viewing public.

A native of Sweden, Nystrom spent 14 years with the Islanders and was one of the stars of that squad’s legendary dynasty of the early 1980s, in which the team won four straight Stanley Cup trophies.

Nystrom’s most famous moment came in 1980, when he scored the game-winning goal in game six of the Stanley Cup finals against the Philadelphia Flyers, thus securing the Islanders’ first ever Stanley Cup. His popularity in Long Island was proven so great that he was nicknamed “Mr. Islander,” becoming a staple at numerous charity and business events throughout the years. His number was retired in 1995. In 2003, he was named to the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame. His name remains honored through the annual Bob Nystrom Award, given to the Islander player who “best exemplifies leadership, hustle, and dedication.”

Although the event is free to the public, the usual $9 Jones Beach parking fee still applies. Vendors will be available for the purchase of food and refreshments. For directions or additional information, call Assemblyman Saladino’s office at 844-0635.