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ISLANDERS SIGN FOR THE FAITHFUL

Sunday, 10.02.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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ISLANDERS SIGN FOR THE FAITHFUL
Open Practice for Season Ticketholders Becomes Surprise Autograph Session
Islanders season ticketholders got a special surprise when they showed up for their exclusive Open Practice today. At the request of Mike Milbury and with the complete cooperation of the players, the Open Practice morphed into an impromptu autograph signing.
 
"All of our fans are extremely important to us," said Milbury, "but the season subscribers really are the lifeblood of our organization. These are the people who are there for us night after night, season after season. We needed to let them know how much they are appreciated, and this was just one way of showing it."
 
So after a 75-minute practice and an exciting penalty shot session won by forwards Mark Parrish and Petteri Nokelainen (along with Garth Snow and Rick DiPietro, who were outstanding), Coliseum workers removed panes of glass to create five sections for fans to line up. Every player and coach posed for photographs and signed autographs until everyone went home happy.
 
"This was one of the best Islander events our family has ever been a part of," said longtime Islanders subscriber Ken Cahill. "We came in expecting a basic open practice, greetings from the players and MIke and some giveaways, which would have been just great. But the Islanders really surprised us. My kids got their jerseys signed by more than a dozen players. In one area alone we were able to get Rick and Garth and Mark Parrish, and also Brad Lukowich, who's already becoming a fan favorite."
 
Islanders season subscribers in attendance were entered into a raffle for several unique prizes, including joining the Islanders on their private charter and at the team hotel for a road trip. When one of the road trip winner's names was announced, he hugged his friend and shouted so loud, you could have heard him from the Hofstra campus. All in all, a memorable day.
 
"We want to thank the season subscribers for spending the morning with us," said head coach Steve Stirling, who kept the fans informed throughout the practice about drills and systems (let's hope the Sabres didn't send a secret scout). "They give up so many of their nights to spend with us. I hope we made the trip in to the Coliseum today worth their while."
 
From the smiles on the fans for two straight hours, there was no doubt.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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