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Ex-Islanders star praises team’s ‘strong base,’ veteran mix: ‘A Stanley Cup champion is not built overnight’

Former New York Islanders captain Mark Streit has high expectations for his former team after it began its 2023 campaign with a win at home over the Buffalo Sabres. 

But the one-time Stanley Cup champion cautioned that, in the NHL, anything is possible. 

Streit, who played four seasons with the Islanders and became the first Swiss-born team captain in league history, spoke to Fox News Digital recently about his expectations for the Islanders after a disappointing first-round exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year. 

Mark Streit handles the puck

Captain Mark Streit (2) of the New York Islanders keeps the puck away from Tomas Plekanec (14) of the Montreal Canadiens during a game Dec. 13, 2011, at the Bell Centre in Montreal.  (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

“To be honest, the east, especially the [Metropolitan] division, it’s strong. There’s a lot of good teams,” Streit said.

Streit, 45, retired from the NHL in 2017 after winning a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. During his career, he also played with the Montreal Canadiens and became one of the top two-way defenseman in the league.

Paulina Dedaj is a Sports Reporter for Fox News Digital.

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