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POSTED ON Friday, 06.24.2011 / 4:36 PM
Gearing up

At 10 a.m. the whole crew filed into the Xcel Center to set up the equipment for the live stream. Cameras and the Tricaster, which is
Setting up the Tricaster.
what the device used to publish the stream to the internet is called, need to be set up, tested and then run back to the Coliseum so all the fans can see the exclusive content that we are providing.

By 1:30 it was ready to go. Everyone was happy with the lighting and the shots, so we abandoned our little studio in what would normally be the visitor’s locker room on game night, and hit the Eagle Street Grille for  a hearty lunch.

By now it was about 3 p.m. and fans starting to roam the streets right around the Xcel Center. A bunch of us hit the gift shop, which is called the Hockey Lodge. They had some great souvenir items, and we all came away with something. It was quite an impressive shop, with a very wide slection of Minnesota Wild items.

A quick run back to the hotel to get ready for showtime, and now the blood was really pumping though our veins. You could start to feel in the air that an exciting night was about to unfold.
Printed on our reciepts at the Eagle Street Grille.

*Note: You could tell it was going to be a good night for the Winnipeg Jets. There were fans everywhere wearing jerseys, shirts and hats. All night long you could hear them cheering Go, Jets Go!

Now it’s the countdown to No. 5…it feels like time is moving so slow….
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POSTED ON Friday, 06.24.2011 / 12:30 AM

After a five hour wait for a flight, then an hour and a half wait on the tarmac, we finally had a bumpy touch down at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. We were ready to hightail it out of the airport to get to the hotel. From the hotel we were buzzing over to Lake Prior, MN where Kyle Okposo was playing in a charity hockey game for Hockey for Hopes. It wasn’t our original plan - to hit Okposo’s hometown in style, learning more about where he grew up - but what we stumbled upon instead was pretty cool onto itself.

Hockey for Hopes is run by Hope McBain, the sister of Carolina Hurricanes’ d-man Jamie McBain. The charity raises money for children who are hockey players, who, because of a family death or illness, or economic hardship, need help staying in the sport. Aside from it’s commitment to assist at the youth level, they also award scholarships for Division III players to go to college.

Hope’s passion for the event was evident in an interview she did with IslandersTV. She could hardly contain her excitement.

“Hockey is an expensive sport,” Hope said. “It’s also a great sport. We don’t want kids to have to give it up. We want to help.”

 It’s the charity’s first year, and this was their first fundraising event. It’s impressive that they landed some big names in Okposo, and fellow Minnesota natives Zach Parise and Derek Stepan.

BernieMcBain, Jamie and Hope’s father, coached Kyle as a kid and had some stories to tell about him as a young player. You can check those out in the IslandersTV piece which will be posted later.

In any event, it’s been a long treacherous day for our staff. Time to turn in.



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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 7:02 AM
We thought we were on our way. Our Islanders TV staff and I were all pumped up to get to Minnesota as soon as possible to set up for a shoot with native-Minnesotan Kyle Okposo. When our 6:30 a.m. flight out of LaGuardia was cancelled for being "unable to crew" we were very disappointed. The 11 a.m. shoot now in jeopardy, we all began brainstorming on some new ideas. We are still hopeful to set something up with Kyle for later in the day.

So what is there to do in an airport for five hours? Do some last minute reading on the draft and blog. 

Thanks to the help of Islanders Draft Central and nhl.com's extensive coverage and mock drafts, I think I'm ready to make a few predictions of my own.  And by that I mean wagers, and because of any bets or mock drafts I may be placing bets on, I will not divulge my 1-30 here.

But  what is more interesting to us here in Islanders Country is what happens when Garth Snow is on the clock. There are a compelling group of players that will most likely be around at No. 5. Couturier, Larsson, Baertschi, Hamilton, and Strome are all in the mix according to the experts. Undoubtedly everyone has their inner GM going, and will think they know just what the Islanders need. I will leave that to the General Manager, as I am no whiz at hockey ops, just a girl looking to make an few extra dollars on some lucky guesses.

What I can tell you is that we have planned to bring some great coverage to newyorkislanders.com, the draft party at the Coliseum (click here to get your free tickets), and to Facebook and Twitter. Get connected to everything and you won't miss a thing.

Now, after a long day working on disseminating the content from yesterday's exciting announcement regarding the new arena, the early wake up for that cancelled 6:30 a.m. flight has made these eyes a bit sleepy. It is time for a nap.
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