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No man is an Islander
J.D. Reed
February 16, 1976
Seems they're all kids out there, with Bryan Trottier chief rookie
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February 16, 1976

No Man Is An Islander

Seems they're all kids out there, with Bryan Trottier chief rookie

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Realists do not expect the Islanders to outsoar the Flyers anytime soon, but Trottier and the rest of the kids are selling out the seats in Nassau Coliseum and putting on a good show. What's more, the No. 2 candidate right now for Rookie of the Year is Islander Goalie Glenn Resch, a senior citizen of 27. Having played only 25 games last season, including a stunning, three-game winning performance in the semifinal playoffs against the Flyers, Resch is eligible for the rookie award. This season he has a fine 2.09 goals-against average, second only to the 1.94 of the Montreal Canadiens' Ken Dryden.

With triggerman Trottier providing five goals and seven assists, the Islanders recently achieved a team-record 10-game defeatless streak, but some of the victories were squeakers. "That stuff won't cut it in the playoffs," warns Coach Al Arbour. "They get more than one chance at you there. We have to play our positional game, not get into a shootout." But if it does come to a shootout, Bryan Trottier is handy to have around.

In moments of relaxation the rancher's son strums a guitar and sings, "They're gonna put me in the movies, they're gonna make a big star outta me."

That remains to be seen. What is certain is that when the ice melts in the spring and Trottier has gone home to buck hay and herd cattle on his dad's 960 acres, Arbour's Clearasil Kids will have done something youthful, and probably amazing.

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