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NYI KIDS ZONE A HIT

Sunday, 10.22.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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NYI KIDS ZONE A HIT
Kids have a blast outside of the Coliseum before Saturday night's win

By Jason Lockhart

It was all about the littlest Islanders fans Saturday on Kids' Opening Night, but it wasn't just at the game the youngsters were the focus. The day began at 4 pm outside of the Coliseum at the NYI Kids Zone.

Sparky, the Ice Girls, Carolina's Stormy and other NHL mascots were on hand prior to the start of Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes for an afternoon of fun and games. The Kids Zone was packed right up until game time at 7 pm, despite the blistering winds that didn't dampen anyone's spirits.

Among the activities were a giant Islanders slide and the ever-popular slapshot booth.

Games included the Islanders/LIPA prize wheel, with all sorts of goodies won at every spin of the wheel. Bubble hockey, air hockey and foosball were also well-liked by the kids.

Those who passed by the DJ might have noticed Sparky and Stormy getting their dance on with some of the fans, who couldn't get enough of the NHL mascots that visited the Coliseum for this special day.

Islanders TV was also at the event searching for Junior Announcers, who had the opportunity to announce the Islanders goals during the game. Fans who wanted to show their true Islanders colors went to paint their faces blue and orange.

"The event had a great turnout," said former NYI Booster Club president Gary Harding. "It's important to have events that promote the team to kids because in 20 years these are going to be the biggest group of fans. It was a fun day for everyone."

The fun continued during the game with kids filling in as in-game interviewers, announcers and ice girls. The evening concluded better than could have been scripted with the Islanders tying the game late and winning just 23 seconds into overtime.

What a day!

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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 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
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 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

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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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