Draft Party Crowds Coliseum

An exciting evening at the home of the Islanders offers various forms of entertainment to fans gathering to find out the team's future

Friday, 06.20.2008 / 10:22 PM ET / News
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Draft Party Crowds Coliseum

By John Hill

The New York Islanders Draft Party was a smashing success. In place of ice, the New York Dragons home-field turf covered the Coliseum floor, where fans packed in to watch in anticipation of the first-round 2008 Draft selection.

Hosting the Draft Party was ESPN's John Buccigross. Along with him, other distinguished guests included Islanders prospects Robin Figren and Jack Hillen, both of whom came to mingle with fans and support the team on draft day.

The Draft was broadcast live on the video board, but it was far from the only source of entertainment on the evening. As fans entered the arena, they were met by a plethora of bargain merchandise. The Islanders team shop sold goods ranging from jackets to jerseys for discounts as high as 70%.

Additionally, on the other side of Arena, a separate kiosk was set up where fans could purchase various types of memorabilia with anything a fan could desire for their Islanders collection.

Representing the media were Newsday, News 12, the blog box and IslesNation.com.

Scattered throughout the Coliseum were numerous I.C.E. inflatables for younger fans. An obstacle course, big bounce, and a slide were just some of the options for fans to partake in. There were also numerous hockey skill games for fans to test their aptitude.

Young Islander fan Justin spent most of his time in front of one particular game that featured a green screen, allowing participants to play virtual goalie.

"My first try was really good, but my second one could use some work," said the exuberant youth. When asked if he aspired to playing goalie for the Isles one day, he seemed confident: "I play goalie for fun now, and if I keep practicing, I think I can do it."

Another option for fans on the arena floor were Hockey Hall of Fame exhibits, shipped in from Toronto. Featured memorabilia included Islanders game-used jerseys, sticks and helmets.

Off the turf, fans could venture behind the scenes in the Coliseum. The Islanders offered tours of the training room and the locker room. And, for fans who travelled into the locker room, they were met by Islanders prospects right wing Figren and defenseman Hillen. Figren himself was a former third round pick of the Islanders, back in 2006.

"It's a great feeling," said Figren. "I can just sit back, relax and enjoy the night. In 2006, I was at my apartment, sitting in front of my computer, hitting refresh. It's definitely a good feeling being in New York."

As the draft grew near, Buccigross took the podium, and immediately spoke with Islanders Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski, who spoke about the importance of getting an impact player. Also featured on the video board was an interview with Bill Guerin.

The night ended with a punctuation mark. While Islander fans had to wait longer than expected for their pick, after two trades down, they got to witness Buccigross interview the team's newest player, Joshua Bailey. The Isles faithful greeted Bailey, the 9th overall selection, warmly to conclude the event.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
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13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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