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Isles sign “ironclad” 25-year lease at Barclays Center

Islanders Announce New Lease Agreement

UNIONDALE, NY - JUNE 22: New York Islanders Owner Charles Wang speaks to the media during a press conference to announce details of a lease agreement that takes an important step forward, creating a new world-class sports-entertainment destination in Nassau County, including the retention of the NY Islanders on June 22, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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Following are the highlights from Wednesday’s press conference at Barclays Center announcing the New York Islanders are moving to Brooklyn.

Isles owner Charles Wang:

---- 25-year “ironclad” lease to play at Barclays Center starting in 2015-16.

---- Team name will remain New York Islanders. (Will not be Brooklyn Islanders.)

---- “Tried very hard” to keep the Islanders in Nassau County, but ultimately had to move on.

---- Will honor lease at Nassau Coliseum that expires after the 2014-15 season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman:

---- To Isles fans: “You don’t have to worry about the future of this club.”

---- Current capacity of Barclays Center is officially 14,500. A few hundred seats may be added, but the size is not a concern. Cites Winnipeg’s success in a smaller arena.

---- On the lockout: “The union has chosen not to engage on our proposal.” Says 82-game season looking unlikely, though time still left on the clock.

New York mayor Michal Bloomberg:

---- Easy to get to Barclays Center via public transit.

---- Rangers-Islanders rivalry just got bigger.

---- Brooklyn will help Islanders “get their mojo back”

Barclays Center majority owner Bruce Ratner:

---- For keeping team in the local market, “Charles Wang is the real hero today.”