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FROM THE RADIO BOOTH

Friday, 09.15.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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FROM THE RADIO BOOTH

By Steve Mears
Islanders play-by-play broadcaster
Bloomberg 1130

Whether it's in a business meeting or a hockey rink, first impressions are often the most lasting impressions.  Earlier today, dozens of staff members and fans were given a very first glimpse into the 2006-2007 season as the New York Islanders began their training camp with on-ice workouts at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. 

As the new radio play-by-play broadcaster for the team, the last week has been filled with one first impression after another for me.  I look forward to sharing this entire experience at camp with you here at newyorkislanders.com and we'll begin with some of the scenes that I have witnessed as the 2006-2007 season officially began:

The town of Yarmouth It's amazing how one small town in Nova Scotia with a population of under 9,000 people not only opens up to welcome you, but uproots its daily lifestyle to make sure you are feeling as close to home as possible.  From the street signs with pictures of Islander players, to cars honking as you walk along a downtown sidewalk, to the very pleasant staff at the Rodd Grand Hotel and restaurants such as Rudder's (great seafood), this town is an affable setting for an intense camp.  I even met an avid Islanders radio listener named Margaret at the Yarmouth Airport who said she plans on tuning into the broadcasts when my partner Chris King and I begin the season next month.  

The coaching staff Obviously, they are the foundation of this camp and the results which this camp will produce.  Thus far, Ted Nolan and his staff have made it clear that the goal is to make the Islanders the hardest-working team in the National Hockey League.  "We want teams to be saying, 'We have to play the Islanders again tonight' because we want every game to truly be a battle for two points every night, said Nolan in between workouts today.  "There are spots that are going to be earned on our roster over the next week and it's the same with the power play and penalty kill.  It's a privilege to play on the special teams and those are things our staff will be deciding on here in camp."

Rick DiPietro My first meeting with the Islanders' top player in its top position was actually at the press conference to announce his new landmark contract on Tuesday.  He displayed a confidence and impressive demeanor, but also conveyed a now it's time to get to work attitude following the big announcement.  Today, he and the other netminders spent some time separately with new goaltending coach Gilles Lefebvre working on angles and positioning in the crease.  The Islanders' success this season will start with his performance and it's clear that #39 is ready for the challenge as training camp begins today.

Stay tuned to Newyorkislanders.com throughout the week for some new perspectives as this 2006-2007 journey begins.  I look forward to using this space to bring you some unique storylines, and trust me, there are many of them. 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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