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ISLES PROMOTE YOUTH ENTERPRISE

Tuesday, 04.10.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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ISLES PROMOTE YOUTH ENTERPRISE

The Islanders' playoff presence could translate into a lucrative business opportunity for a group of young entrepreneurs.  This Saturday, April 14, eleven East Meadow High School students welcome fans to the Islanders team store at the Broadway Mall where they will sell a hat of their own design and celebrate the culmination of an exciting business venture.

For the past seven weeks, a select group of students have convened in the boardroom of the Nassau Coliseum to participate in the Junior Achievement Company Program.  Junior Achievement is a non-profit, worldwide organization providing curricula and interactive experiences that teach young people about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and free enterprise.  JA relies on the help of corporate volunteers who deliver the curricula to students and share their own professional expertise. 

Terry Goldstein, Director of Merchandising for the Islanders and a JA volunteer, recognized the unique opportunity he and the Islanders organization could offer local youth.  Goldstein used the JA curriculum, which commissions participants to start their own business replete with a board of directors, product design phase, stock sales, and marketing plan, to introduce the world of sports merchandising.  The students decided to produce and market a new Islanders hat, and they cleverly dubbed their company Hat Trick.

During weekly sessions, students sold shares of the company, canvassed fans during a game to ascertain market demand, interpreted feedback to advise the design of the hat, and negotiated with a vendor to produce as many units as possible.  Goldstein broadened the perspective by inviting guests like Mike Bossy, Mike Milbury and Head Trainer Garrett Timms to address the group and illustrate the scope of sports operations and administration.

Goldstein's efforts supported JA's mission to inspire young people to succeed in a global economy by highlighting the varied duties and talents requisite to support a successful hockey team.  Opportunities abound even for those who have never strapped on a pair of skates. 

The Hat Trick Company will seize their opportunity on Saturday from 12-3 pm at the Islanders Team Store where they invite fans to view and purchase their Limited Edition caps.  Some fans may recognize the lighthouse logo that Hat Trick chose to resurrect.  The students hope their customers enjoy their tribute to Islanders history with a modern twist.  They also hope to see dozens of fans donning their new caps while celebrating an Islanders victory on Monday night.

For more information about Junior Achievement, please visit the website www.jany.org or contact Anne Uba at (516) 625-9452.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 49 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 49 9 25 15 34
B. Nelson 49 15 16 5 31
F. Nielsen 49 9 18 4 27
J. Boychuk 39 4 21 15 25
J. Bailey 37 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 49 7 14 13 21
N. Kulemin 49 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 43 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 6 0 .865 3.43

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