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NYI 365 MEMBERS MEET THE TEAM

Monday, 09.25.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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