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ICE GIRLS BACK FOR 06-07

Monday, 08.14.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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ICE GIRLS BACK FOR 06-07
Veterans Return and Rookies Set for Debut

There was style and there was grace on Saturday at Islanders Iceworks -- the site of the 2006 Syosset Ford Ice Girls tryouts.

A large turnout of young women between the ages of 18 and 24 made their way to Syosset with hopes of becoming a member of the 2006-07 Islanders Ice Girl squad.

It's great to see so many enthusiastic and well-qualified girls this year, said Ice Girls coach, choreographer and performance director Linda Lester. This was one of the toughest years.

Of the 11 Ice Girls selected, seven are returning and four will make their debut this year. Among the returning members is five-year veteran Lauren, who has been an Ice Girl since its inception in 2001. Lauren works as a recreational therapist, but uses her opportunity with the Ice Girls as an outlet to perform.

This will be my sixth year as an ice girl, but it feels like a new experience each year, explained Lauren. There are new people, new fans and I just love being able to entertain the crowd.

Two of the four newest members include identical twins Kristy and Kelly, who will be starting their freshmen years in the fall at schools on Long Island.

It's really exciting to be chosen, said Kristy. I always knew the Ice Girls were something I wanted to be a part of.

I talk to so many people who said the Ice Girls are great, added Kelly. I look forward to performing and being all dolled up.

Before Lauren, Kristy, Kelly and the rest of this season's Ice Girls were chosen, their skating skills were put to the test during two sessions. The first tested their fundamental skating abilities: forward and backwards skating, as well as crossovers. Following the preliminary cuts, the second skating session tested the skaters' style and form.

We look for strong skaters, who have good edges and have strong basic skating skills, said Lester.

Once the skating was complete, the young women were interviewed to discover more about their personality and aspirations.

Said Vice President of Game Operations and Events Tim Beach: After their skating, we look for strong personalities and for girls with a confident outlook. The girls we choose are expected to be positive role models.

After a long discussion, the final decisions were made.

It was such a relief, said newcomer Sasha. I know a couple of people who have been on the team and they've told me what a wonderful experience it's been. It's going to be exciting to skate on the Coliseum ice.

And the fans should be excited too about the new outfits, too. They are sexier and sportier, described production director Vickie Miller of Angela King Designs. With two tops, pants and a skirt, the Ice Girls will have a chance to change their attire from game-to-game.

The Ice Girls will make their 2006-07 debut at the September 29 preseason game at the Coliseum versus the Rangers.

 

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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