NY Islanders arena hope still alive on Long Island

The New York Islanders may still get a new arena on Long Island,

but in a different county.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy says he welcomes the idea of

the hockey team moving to the eastern end of the island that he

represents, as long as it’s good for the team and for the


He said on Saturday he called team owner Charles Wang (WONG’)

last week to talk about the idea. Messages to an Islanders

spokesman were not immediately returned.

Voters in neighboring Nassau County rejected a plan Monday to

borrow $400 million for a new hockey arena.

The Islanders’ lease at Nassau Coliseum ends in 2015.

Wong has said his goals for the team are to win the Stanley Cup

and to stay on Long Island.