POSTED ON Monday, 04.16.2012 / 11:48 AM
Mark Streit of Switzerland at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games
The Swiss National Team announced today that New York Islanders captain Mark Streit and 2010 first round pick Nino Niederreiter will participate in the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships.

Niederreiter, 19, is expected to join the Swiss team on Monday, April 16, to skate in the final four exhibition games against Sweden and Canada. Streit, 34, is not expected to join the club until Tuesday, April 24, for the final two exhibition games before the tournament.

The 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship begins May 4, with the Swiss playing their first game on May 5 against Kazakhstan.

A new championship format is being introduced for 2012 that will see 16 teams split into two preliminary round groups, using the IIHF World Ranking for seeding. Preliminary rounds will be played in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

The Swiss begin the tournament in the Helsinki group, which also includes Belarus, Canada, Finland, France, Kazakhstan, Slovakia and the U.S.

The top four teams in each preliminary round group will advance to the quarterfinals. The semi finals and finals will both be played in Helsinki.

POSTED ON Friday, 06.24.2011 / 9:05 AM

While Michael Grabner didn’t have the Calder Memorial Trophy in tow on his flight back to Long Island, he did have a lot of positives to take away from his time in Las Vegas.

“I was naturally a little disappointed that I didn’t win Rookie of the Year, but (Jeff) Skinner was definitely deserving of the award,” Grabner said after Wednesday night’s NHL Awards Show. “He had a great season and I’m still happy to have been a finalist.”

Grabner is becoming a regular at these sorts of events, having already met a lot of the NHL’s best at All-Star Weekend this year in Raleigh.

“It’s fun being around so many of the top players in the league,” Grabner said. “Hopefully I make it back again next year and maybe do a little better in the voting.”

The Gremlin’s marathon week continues on Friday night on Long Island, when he’ll join a number of his teammates at the Islanders Draft Party at Nassau Coliseum.

“This year’s draft should be exciting for us.” Grabner said. “We’ll get a really talented player where we’re picking. It’ll be good to see the crowd’s reaction when we add another young guy to our core.”
POSTED ON Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 12:19 AM
With a busy day of travel and media behind them, Michael Grabner and Doug Weight enjoyed a leisurely morning by the pool on Wednesday. Doug’s family claimed a pool-side cabana at dawn and was happy to share the valuable real estate with Grabs and his friend. 

The pool party wrapped up around 1p.m. when the boys headed to their rooms to prepare for the show. All of the nominees gathered in the players’ lounge at 2 p.m. and slowly filed onto the red carpet. Grabs was one of the first players to take the long walk through the scorching heat. Doug began escorting his wife down the carpet shortly after Grabs was seated in the venue.

After winning the King Clancey Trophy, Doug was swooped upstairs to the media room, where he addressed journalists and posed for pictures. Upon his arrival, Doug was given a bag of goodies and a blackberry playbook, which needless to say thrilled his kids.

Doug’s entire family joined him in the media area after the awards show for a portrait with the trophy. The entire family took advantage of the behind-the-scenes experience, posing for pictures with other award winners like Niklas Lidstrom and Corey Perry.

After the show, the nominees all headed back to the pool for the official after party, where the Stanley Cup was on display, perched on a platform in the center of the pool.

Click here for a photo gallery from today.
POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.21.2011 / 11:29 PM
Day one of Michael Grabner and Doug Weight’s excursion to Las Vegas is behind us. Considering the three hour time-change, both players ended up putting in well more than a full day of work.

Each arrived at JFK airport bright-and-early, Doug with his entire family, and Grabs accompanied by a buddy from home. The 5½ hour flight had the pair at the Palms Hotel right on time for their 2:45p.m. (local time) player meeting, followed by media availability at 3p.m. While Grabs new a few of his fellow nominees from the 2011 All-Star Game in Raleigh, he was practically the shy kid in the corner compared to Dougie, who seems to know every single person that he runs into.

Both players drew good crowds of national media during their 20-minute scrums, and while Doug’s official duties were done following his interviews, Grabner’s day was just beginning.

The Isles rookie-of-the-year candidate headed from the Palms to Caesar’s, where he was fitted for a new Awards-Show suit at John Varvados. He drove to and from the fitting with Vancouver forward Ryan Kessler, who shared a gripping first-hand account of his run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Grabs finally finished his official duties, high atop the Palms Hotel, with a photo shoot for The Fourth Period. The Magazine was given special access to the top floor’s out-door area for some nice pictures of the Gremlin, with the Vegas skyline behind him
Now free until Wednesday’s Red Carpet ceremony, it’s time for the Isles crew to grab their first bite to eat since breakfast at JFK.

Click here for pictures from the day.
POSTED ON Monday, 06.13.2011 / 10:02 AM

I recently finished writting press releases for EVERY single possible player that could feasibly be selected by the Islanders in the first round, fifth overall, of this year’s draft.

Talk about getting your hopes up…

Usually it’s easy to think logically about what players are likely to fall to you, but that drastically changes after you’ve written an extensive bio on Player-X’s record-breaking season.

Once you’ve spent a week digging through stats and records, it feels like most of these guys led the world in scoring last year, took the captain of the Cheer Team to the prom, wrote the great American novel, made a dent in world hunger and heroically rescued baby seals from that mysterious, blood-thirsty cartel that runs the baby-seal racket.

At fifth overall, the Islanders are sure to get a skilled hockey player, not to mention a Prom King, Pulitzer Prize winner, humanitarian and animal-rights activist.

POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.31.2011 / 9:58 AM

While Celebrations in Winnipeg get underway, it's worth noting that hockey fans from the Peach State weren't the only one's who lost with today's announcement that True North Sports and Entertainment has acquired the Atlanta Thrashers...

With two away games next season diverted from Atlanta to Manitoba, the Islanders stand to lose:


1. About 80 degrees Fahrenheit (I figure at least 40 degrees per trip)

2. Two hours of sleep (One following each game that starts at 7 Mountain Time)

3. Two free shoeshines at my favorite hotel


One final note on the deal, courtesy of Wikipedia:

"According to Environment Canada, Winnipeg is the coldest city in the world with a population of over 600,000."
POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.18.2011 / 4:33 PM

This blog is based loosely on the notion that being around the Islanders is phenomenally entertaining. In fact, my whole job is loosely based on that notion.

So what happens when you take a six-person communications department that’s used to spending hours a day (and night) at the rink, and chain them to their desks in the windowless bowels of the Coliseum?

We restlessly attempt to make our own fun.

It started innocently enough with an NHL playoff pool – we figured, “what do other office workers do for fun at work?” and gambling felt right. (CLICK TITLE TO CONTINUE...)
POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.18.2011 / 9:54 AM

I had the pleasure of escorting Matt Moulson and Jonathan Quick on their media tour yesterday at the NHL offices in Manhattan.

While this post was initially intended to be a behind-the-scenes narrative of their day, two important facts have come to my attention:

1.      The Islanders official site has great coverage from the event, including videos, photos and stories.

2.      Short, informative lists are much more readable and fun…

Without further adieu, here are five Top-5 lists pertaining to their trip to NYC.

POSTED ON Sunday, 05.15.2011 / 4:25 PM

Coming Soon to the Islanders Team Store at Sunrise Mall in Massapequa:

This beauty is a lock to sell out in minutes.

POSTED ON Friday, 05.13.2011 / 4:29 PM revealed a new splash page today (screenshot above).

Maybe someone should tell Grabs that the whole "orange and blue paint splatter" thing has been done already.





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