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POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.21.2011 / 12:41 PM

As the first on-ice session of the day ended and a swarm of media entered through the Islanders locker room doors, it was clear that media day had begun.

Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro is surrounded by members of the media inside the locker room during the team's media day on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011.
Present were credentialed media from all forms of print and web publications, as well as radio and TV stations. Writers from Newsday, the NY Post, NHL.com and our Blog Box members are here to bring Isles fans their normal dose of hockey coverage, but there were also reporters looking for more community-based features and non-hockey content.

The Long Island-based community paper, Patch, was performing restaurant reviews about some of the Islanders players’ favorite places to dine as well as the Bailey’s Buddy program. A few members of the media who write for a video game website talked to players about their gaming habits and their favorite games to play.

Newsday and WRHU business reporters showed up for interviews with the SVP of Sales on the summer’s season ticket success as well as the recent hiring boom.

So no matter what kind of Isles content you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something that suits you in the next few days. As always, NewYorkIslanders.com brings you the latest team news.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.21.2011 / 9:25 AM
Players in Group A take the Ice at 9 a.m. followed by Group B at 11:30. It is currently scheduled that Islanders Owner Charles Wang and  GM Garth Snow will address the media at 2:15 p.m.

Breaking news and behind the scenes looks as always on Twitter as it happens. Follow us @NYIslanders.

Group A
Comeau-Reasoner-Wallace
Grabner-Nielsen-Okposo
Pandolfo-Frischmon-Colliton
Martin-Strome-Kabanov
Marcinko-Gillies

Eaton-Jurcina
Wishart-Reese
Donovan-de Haan

Goalies
DiPietro
Montoya
Koskinen   

Group B
Moulson-Tavares-Niederreiter
Rolston-Bailey-Parenteau
McNeely-Cizikas-Backman
DiBenedetto-Ullstrom-Haley
Gallant-Romano

Streit-Mottau
Ness-Hamonic
Olson-Klementyev
MacDonald
Staios

Goalies
Nabokov
Poulin
Nilsson
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.21.2011 / 9:14 AM


Today is Media Day for the Islanders. All the media that covers the team has access to the players, coaches, Islanders Owner Charles Wang and Islanders General Manager Garth Snow.

Last year on Media Day, the team announced that Nino Niederreiter signed an entry-level contract with the team.

What is the big news from Media Day this year? The Islanders plan to announce the 13th captain in team history.

Who will it be? @NYIslanders on Twitter with #IslesCapt to weigh in.

The news will be announced on the Islanders official Twitter account. and on newyorkislanders.com. Follow us here.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.20.2011 / 3:25 PM

With just two days until the Islanders play their first preseason game, the team concentrated their practice on drills and systems. Jack Capuano and the rest of the Isles coaching staff definitely worked the players hard, but everyone seemed to be good spirits.

Capuano was pleased with the practice. He said, “We covered a little more systematically of what we wanted to do, but the work ethic, the pace, the tempo was all good again.”

A story about the team’s systems will be coming later in the day.

John Tavares takes a shot on Anders Nilsson during Islanders training Camp at Nassau Coliseum.


Here's a full team shot as the players take instruction from Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.20.2011 / 3:17 PM


Islanders forwards Matt Moulson and Frans Nielsen talk to Islanders TV about their summer, the first few days of training camp and working on systems for this upcoming season.





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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.20.2011 / 9:54 AM

Friday is the first day of fall, and hockey is in the air. It also kicks off a pretty big weekend before the season gets started.

On Friday, the Islanders will play their first preseason game against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins at TD Bank Garden. It is planned that newyorkislanders.com will stream the game which starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday, the Islanders will play the Devils at the Coliseum at 7 p.m. You can get tickets here. Game will also be streamed on newyorkislanders.com.

Sunday is a full team event at Adventureland. All the players will be there signing autographs and meeting fans. It's a great day out with the family, and it raises money for the Islanders Children's Foundation. Wish the players luck on the upcoming season directly! Click here to get bracelets.

Hockey is here. Can you feel it?
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.20.2011 / 9:25 AM

Training camp is packed up from Islanders Iceworks in Syosset and is ready to go at the Coliseum. Today, Group B is on the ice first. 

Group A
Comeau-Reasoner-Wallace
Grabner-Nielsen-Okposo
Pandolfo-Frischmon-Colliton
Martin-Strome-Kabanov
Marcinko-Gillies

Eaton-Jurcina
Wishart-Reese
Donovan-de Haan

Goalies
DiPietro
Montoya
Koskinen    

Group B
Moulson-Tavares-Niederreiter
Rolston-Bailey-Parenteau
McNeely-Cizikas-Backman
DiBenedetto-Ullstrom-Haley
Gallant-Romano

Streit-Mottau
Ness-Hamonic
Olson-Klementyev
MacDonald
Staios

Goalies
Nabokov
Poulin
Nilsson


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POSTED ON Monday, 09.19.2011 / 8:23 PM

Leadership is an intangible in hockey that is vital to the success of a team. Regardless of how things shake out following training camp, the Sound Tigers will be a team made up of mostly young, talented prospects in their first few seasons of pro hockey.

It’s unchartered waters for a team which has had two-time AHL all-star and 17-year veteran Mark Wotton wear the “C” for the past five seasons. Wotton will not be the one wearing the “C” in Bridgeport this year, leaving the door open for new players to fill that role.

Leadership behind the bench will be different as well this season. Head coach Brent Thompson and assistant coach Eric Boguniecki both enter their first year in those positions at the American Hockey League level. Thompson led the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League to a Kelly Cup Championship last season, and believes the leadership begins with himself, Boguniecki and assistant coach Matt Bertani.

“Leadership is taught, and the coaching staff will be the main leaders,” Thompson said. “Our players will be an extension, and I’d love for some of the younger players to learn from that. A leader is someone who approaches the game professionally, he approaches practice professional, and his habits and his attention to detail are impeccable. A guy who strives for perfection and demands it from himself and his teammates…that’s a leader.”

One player who may be a natural fit for that role if he does not crack the Islanders lineup to start the season is Sound Tigers all-time leading scorer Jeremy Colliton. Colliton is third all-time in games played with the Sound Tigers, and has worn the “A” for parts of all five seasons he’s been a member of the Sound Tigers, four of those with former captain Mark Wotton.

“You spend enough time with a guy such as Mark, you can’t help but learn a lot,” Colliton explained. “I’m going to be the same guy I’ve always been. I believe that you do as you say and you’ve got to be honest with people, and sometimes you have to tell people things they don’t want to hear. And if you praise them when it’s warranted, they’re more receptive to what you’re saying and what you’re offering.”

Newcomers to the Islanders organization who could potentially provide some leadership in Bridgeport throughout the season are Trevor Frischmon and Tim Wallace.  Frischmon comes to the Islanders after five seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization. The Ham Lake, Minn. native was a steady presence with Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliates Syracuse and Springfield the past three seasons, appearing in 235 of 240 games.

“I take pride in what I do on the ice, and I think from a leadership standpoint I’ve always liked to lead by example,” said Frischmon, who appeared in all 80 games with the Springfield Falcons last season. “I like to show the younger guys how you need to work and practice and take care of yourself off the ice, help to guide them through pro hockey. I was a captain in college and in juniors, an assistant captain the past couple years so it’s something I’m comfortable with.”

Wallace’s story is similar to that of Frischmon’s, having spent the past five seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. The Anchorage, Alaska native was a 20-goal scorer the past two seasons in Wilkes-Barre (AHL), and donned the “A” with the Penguins last season.

“Leadership is the key to success. In order to win, you need a core group of leaders,” Wallace said. “I was an assistant captain in Wilkes-Barre and I know what it takes to be a leader. I lead by example and want to work hard to get as many wins as we can whether that’s in Bridgeport or on Long Island.”

Two younger players who could end up in Bridgeport that are more familiar with the Webster Bank Arena ice are Justin DiBenedetto and Tomas Marcinko. DiBenedetto appeared in nine games with the Islanders last season and both are vying for spots on the Island to start the year. Although both of them are just 23 years old, Marcinko and DiBenedetto rank third and fourth respectively amongst current Islanders/Sound Tigers in games played in Bridgeport.

Those are just five possible players that could take that leadership role this season. Thompson says that age doesn’t play any role, and he embraces the prospects of a group of leaders to take the lead, regardless of who wears letters on the sweaters.

“I think the more leaders you have the better, and you find the best leaders are your best followers,” Thompson explained. “We want people who have high character. You want to get a feel for a team, I’m a big believer in a group and if you get four or six guys who are an extension of you, the locker room is in a better place.”

Colliton believes the Sound Tigers will be a successful team this season with Thompson at the helm, regardless of who makes the cut to start the year.

“(Thompson’s) obviously had a lot of success. If you know what it takes to win, you can teach others," Colliton said. "To me, that’s the most important skill you can learn. How to win…it’s a million different things and its one thing. No matter whether you’re young or old, if there is certain things you have to do to win and its non-negotiable, you do it. And that’s how you win.”
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POSTED ON Monday, 09.19.2011 / 5:07 PM

Day two of on-ice training is a wrap. There was a lot less wincing on the faces of the players who skated in both groups today – an indication that guys are getting back into form and inching closer to the start of action this season.

For Isles forward Josh Bailey, getting back to normalcy is just what they need.

PHOTO CREDIT: KATHLEEN MALONE-VAN DYKE
“It was good to get a normal practice in, but it was tough,” Bailey said. “We were pretty tired after that skate Saturday. Today was more in depth – a lot more skating drills and some breakouts to try to get back into game-like shape.”

He added, “After a few months of not doing them (the drills), you need a refresher. We went through a couple things today. I’m sure we’ll go through some more tomorrow.”

Along with the different puck-movement and shooting drills, defenseman Travis Hamonic said the early days are also about getting more acclimated and fighting hard to prove you deserve a spot on the final roster.

“With almost a full season under my belt, you’re a little more familiar and comfortable with your surroundings and the guys and maybe not as nervous on the ice,” he said. “There are a lot of good d-men here at camp – not only defensemen, but also forwards – so everyone is coming in and really trying to earn their spot again this season.”

Both players skated in the second on-ice group of the day, but Hamonic arrived early just so he could watch the first group take the ice to see what was in store for him and the rest of his group.

“I thought the guys in our group had a good skate today,” Hamonic said. “It seemed that the first group that went on had a good, hard skate as well. The first couple days of camp guys are usually flying out there, really trying to get noticed. I thought the tempo was good. It was really good today.”

When it comes to change, Bailey, who’s entering his fourth NHL season, isn’t going to alter much of his own game. He said the team is sticking to the system that worked well for them to close out last season.

“We’re going to keep generally the same outlook on things like we did the second half of last year,” Bailey said. “I think things went well and I think guys adapted to it well. I’m sure we’ll tweak some things here and there when need be, but I think right now, there’s not really a need to change it too much.”

As day three of camp came to an end, Hamonic said nothing is ever guaranteed.

“No ice time is just going to be given – everything is going to be earned,” Hamonic said. “I think that’s the message that the coaching staff sent pretty early on. Guys are really battling for their spots out there. That’s what makes a great team.”
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POSTED ON Monday, 09.19.2011 / 3:58 PM




Hear from Steve Staios, Mark Eaton, Michael Grabner, Josh Bailey and Head Coach Jack Capuano on their summer, their first three days of training camp, and their preparedness for the 2011-12 season.









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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 22 16 5 1 61 52 33
2 TBL 22 14 6 2 77 60 30
3 PIT 19 13 4 2 69 44 28
4 NYI 20 14 6 0 68 57 28
5 BOS 22 13 9 0 57 54 26
6 DET 20 10 5 5 55 49 25
7 TOR 21 11 8 2 67 63 24
8 OTT 19 9 6 4 52 50 22
9 WSH 20 9 8 3 56 54 21
10 NJD 21 9 9 3 53 61 21
11 FLA 18 7 5 6 40 47 20
12 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
13 PHI 19 8 9 2 57 60 18
14 CAR 20 6 11 3 48 62 15
15 CBJ 20 6 12 2 49 72 14
16 BUF 21 6 13 2 36 70 14

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 20 8 12 -4 20
B. Nelson 20 10 9 5 19
K. Okposo 20 5 14 -1 19
R. Strome 20 4 11 9 15
J. Boychuk 19 2 11 7 13
F. Nielsen 20 5 7 5 12
N. Kulemin 20 4 7 0 11
N. Leddy 20 5 4 8 9
M. Grabovski 17 4 5 5 9
J. Bailey 12 3 4 5 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 9 4 0 .918 2.42
C. Johnson 5 2 0 .876 3.33

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