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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 / 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 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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