Kieran Hanrahan wore a New York Islanders jersey to a home game where the New York Islanders were playing. It still gave him the impression that he was sitting in enemy territory.
“I was quite concerned coming in,” Kieran Hanrahan stated as he stood in the Nassau Coliseum concourse.
Homecoming for John Tavares
This is because Kieran Hanrahan was probably the only Islanders fan in the crowd who had the guts to wear a jersey with John Tavares written on the back. Any defacement or desecration to the game on Thursday night, which was Tavares’s first match on Long Island as a Toronto Maple Leafs member. There was no overwriting on the nameplate with creative editings, such as traitor, which thousands of hostile fans of the New York Islanders have done that evening. Kieran Hanrahan was wearing the number 91 jersey with the C on it as captain with absolute pride.
“We are mostly here to support him. There’s no doubt that he is a die-hard fan. Kieran Hanrahan stated as he motioned to his son who was also wearing a Tavares jersey during the game.
Tavares decided to leave the Islanders last summer to join the Maple Leafs, a native from Ontario who was heading back home on a 7-year contract. “It was difficult to watch him go,” Kieran Hanrahan stated. “However, my sons participate in travel hockey. Therefore, I believe if my son were from Long Island, he would want to play for the New York Islanders and that’s something that you cannot argue with.”
Well, that’s up for debate as most fans of the Islanders savaged Tavares during, before, and after the match. The fans who managed to take it personally when John Tavares confessed his dedicated to the New York Islanders and his desire to re-sign with the team. Only to change his mind for an opportunity to play with his childhood dream team, felt the indignity when he dismissed the franchise the first time around.
Bitter Long Islands Fans
Before the start of the match, the parking lot was filled with fans that managed to express their displeasure with John Tavares. The nameplates on jerseys were made up of electrical tape that showcased “Judas” and “Liar”. There was also towels and signs that called him a traitor along with rubber snakes as a symbol of his recent treachery. Even the Tavares jersey was laid out on the road for people to drive over it with their cars. If someone missed it with their vehicle, fans would ask them to stop to have another go. There were also fans that burned their Tavares jerseys into ash.
Inside the Coliseum, John Tavares was taunted more than any other player in the history of the NFL. This all started long before the warm-up took place where fans were yelling “we don’t need you, Tavares”. Fans are not happy with Tavares at the moment, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon either.