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'WE FELT LIKE PART OF THE TEAM'

Friday, 01.06.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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\'WE FELT LIKE PART OF THE TEAM\'
Season subscribers write of a road trip to remember

[Islanders VP Communications Chris Botta received the following email this week from Dave and Rich Birns, two season subscribers who won the chance to join the Islanders on a road trip. From the team charter to the team hotel, "backstage" looks at a morning skate and a road game, the Birns brothers said they lived the dream. With their permission, they have allowed us to share their letter]

My brother and I just want to thank you and the rest of the Islanders organization for the memories of the past week.  The road trip to Ottawa was an experience unlike any other.  We felt like part of the team, which is a dream to any sports fan.  The Canadian kids asking for our autograph was just an added bonus for regular guys like us.

Shortly after arriving at the hotel, we found Steve Stirling alone at the restaurant.  He was ordering a sandwich to bring back to his room to watch game film.  We said hello and expected him to be on his way, but he was sincerely interested in talking with us.  He let us buy him a drink (soda) and talked with us for almost half an hour.  It was an experience we'll never forget.  Coaches are usually not that approachable.  We are the insurance agents for two NBA coaches, and even we don't speak with them as freely as we did with Coach Stirling.

The broadcasters were also wonderful with us. John Wiedeman in particular made the trip even more exceptional.  He was the first one on the flight to say more than hello to us, and basically became our tour guide.  He took us under his wing during the morning skate as if we were working with him. Back at the hotel, we spent the better part of the afternoon with him, talking about the team, the league, his job and many other topics.  At the arena for the game, he went out of his way to make sure the Ottawa employees treated us like VIPs.  He treated us more like friends than prize-winners.

Your follow-up invitation to the press box for the home game against the Panthers was not necessary, but very much appreciated.  Seeing up close how John, Chris King, Howie and Joe do their thing was a real treat.  Allowing us to bring our wives up from the regular seats was the final clincher. They supported our fantasy week, and got a little taste of how special it was for us.  By the way, the broadcasters once again treated us like friends.  It was a special way to wrap up a most  memorable week.  And we won the game!

Feel free to invite us back any time.  Thanks again for everything.

Best regards,
Rich & Dave Birns

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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 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 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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