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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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 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

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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