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NYI 365 MEMBERS MEET THE TEAM

Monday, 09.25.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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NYI 365 MEMBERS MEET THE TEAM
Eisenhower Park event for season ticketholders brings smiles to everyone

By Jason Lockhart

The Islanders returned home late Saturday night from training camp in Canada and immediately went back to what they miss most in the off-season, other than playing hockey: interacting with their fans.

On Sunday, the Islanders kicked off the 2006-07 season with an NYI 365 Season Ticket Holder Party in Eisenhower Park. Thousands of fans gathered to meet the 2006-07 Islanders, receive their autographs and take pictures with them.

The event opened at 11 am with fans given the opportunity to purchase special Islanders merchandise at a discounted rate, play on the blow-up rides and listen to live music as "The Touch" rocked out from 11am-3pm. Islanders sponsors were also on hand giving out gifts and talking to fans.

At 11:30 the players arrived and were announced individually to a roaring crowd, along with Sparky and the 2006-07 Ice Girls by first-year Bloomberg 1030 Islanders radio broadcaster Steve Mears.

"It was a cool day," said young Islanders fan Ben Fox from Port Washington. "It's great to see the players face-to-face."

And see the players fans did. With smiles on their faces all day the Islanders shook hands, signed autographs, took pictures and chatted with thousands of fans. Not a hat, stick, jersey nor picture was left unsigned by closing time.

Many members of NYI 365 seemed blown away by an extraordinarily generous display of appreciation by star goaltender Rick DiPietro. Although the Islanders' team bus was set to return the players to their cars at the Coliseum, DiPietro sent word to the Islanders staff that the bus should leave without him. For more than an hour past the official "end" of the event, DiPietro met every fan waiting in line to meet him.

"These people are our most important fans, the folks who pay to see us every night," said DiPietro. "There were still some people in line. It was no trouble at all spending a little extra time to thank them."

"It's a great day," said Bruno Gervais. "It's fun to see the people you haven't seen all summer and get a chance to meet some of the fans. It's good to see all the smiles on their faces."

"I have a lot of fun at events like these," said John Power from Floral Park. "Here's to a season as successful as today."

Our sentiments exactly.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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