Islanders silence new goal horn, will use Coliseum version

Fans of the New York Islanders will hear a more familiar goal horn sound every time captain John Tavares, center, and the team scores this season.
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The fan reaction wasn’t music to the ears of the New York Islanders’ brass when the team unveiled its new goal horn earlier this week.

After three-plus days of critical comments flooding social media, the Islanders elected to put the Subway-style horn out of commission. In its place is the return of the fog horn blast, which is a familiar sound that was heard at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

"If there was that much outcry, we decided, ‘Let’s continue to listen to the fans and make the change,’" Barclays Center chief executive Brett Yormark told the New York Times. "The horn became a distraction."

The obnoxious Subway sound in question was debuted at the Barclays Center on Monday after New York forward Kirill Petrov scored with 1:51 remaining in the third period in a 3-1 preseason setback to the Washington Capitals.

Fans were quick to comment on the horn, which the Barclays Center’s official Twitter account noted was a joint effort with Metropolitan Transportation Authority in a bid to pay homage to the Long Island Rail Road.

Several of the team’s fans respectfully – and in some cases, not-so-respectfully – disagreed, with more than one reference to Jim Carrey’s character Lloyd Christmas asking Jeff Daniels (Harry Dunne) if he wanted to hear "the most annoying sound in the world?"

(h/t New York Times)