In K.C., Islanders feel right at home 

September, 23, 2009

On Tuesday night, Kansas City hockey fans wanted to make the New York Islanders feel at home. So they stayed home. Or prehaps they went to watch Royals' ace Zach Greinke shut down the Red Sox.

According to a report in The Kansas City Star, a "small but enthusiastic" crowd of 9,792 watched the Los Angeles Kings crown the Isles, 4-2, at the Sprint Center, which seats 17,752 for hockey. Other published reports indicated the actual number was approximately 2,000 less than the announced total, despite the fact that free and extremely low priced tickets ($10) were available in the days leading up to the game.

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E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.