Goodbye, 2012. Happy New Year, Islanders fans and other Lighthouse Hockey readers. Thanks for sticking with us through what was a weird year through any definition.
On one hand you had the NHL lockout putting hockey on ice for the majority of 2012. On the other hand you had the long-awaited arena resolution assuring us the Islanders would be playing in New York beyond 2015.
Through it all, your comments -- turn 'em green! -- kept us laughing and thinking and generally enjoying talking hockey even when the NHL doesn't see fit to play it.
As a superficial and not in any way comprehensive look back, here are some of our favorite posts from 2012 (well, since last season anyway), which often stirred countless quips and rebuttals from our commentariat (skim for "green" comments in any post):
No Hockey. Now What?
It was a tough year, what with no NHL Islanders hockey to watch since April. So we resorted to reliving old clips, like an infamous Darius Kasparaitis clip and exchange with Stan Fischler.
We pondered the infinitely ponderous: Would a new outside-the-cap buyout option in the new CBA be used on Rick DiPietro?
We talked books, such as Greg Prato's great oral history on the Islanders dynasty, and on a much sadder note, "Cold A Long Time" about late prospect Duncan MacPherson.
LHH Zeitgeist: Our Dumb League
The year in LHH Zeitgeist -- our sub-section for the humorous or satirical or simply off-beat things we feel compelled to cover or use to rib our beloved team or its rivals -- initially leaned heavily toward Coliseum political satire, with a dose of Lubomir, but later became its own Onion-esque "Our Dumb League" series of lockout coverage, such as when they turned to Judge Judy to mediate (Note: Not really. I mean, duh.), and J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Two Fehrs" -- and who could forget the classic GlenGary Glen Don?
We launched a new series that will continue in 2013: Law & Owner: Special Islanders Unit, kicking things off with Sanjay.
What about the Players?
Oh, and we even covered players actually playing hockey -- such as this interview with Jason Clark (before he was assigned to the ECHL, naturally) and this "Movember" exchange with Michael Grabner -- as well as near-prophecies about those who would be felled by injuries (again).
On that note, we watched and tracked as a parade of Islanders steadily made their way to Europe.
We celebrated the usual holiday traditions -- you know, like the daily discoveries of the Islanders Advent Calendar, and gathering 'round to hear Mike B. recite "How the Bettminch Stole Christmas."
Brooklyn: Resolution at Last
Finally, our favorite posts may have been the reflections prompted by news of the Islanders move to Barclays Center, realization that the Coliseum was going to move to the memory books. Namely:
David Hanssen on Mourning the Coliseum: Farewell
Dominik on "Relocation Blues"
At Last, It's Over.
Finally, apparently some dude in Switzerland bit John Tavares. Like I said, weird year.
May 2013 treat you right, bring us all more live hockey and less Bettman and Fehr, and create fabulous hockey diversions from the other ills and worries of life.
From all of us at LHH, Happy New Year!