Friday, 10.5.2007 / 10:03 AM ET / News
Defenseman Radek Martinek signs three-year contract extension; stays an Islander through at least 2010-2011
"Our organization has felt for a while that Radek is one of the most underrated defensemen in the league," said Islanders general manager Garth Snow. "He is a very steady defenseman in both zones and he plays with a lot of grit. It was a priority for us to keep Radek an Islander beyond this season. We're very happy he was as dedicated to staying an Islander as we were to keeping him here."
Tonight marks the beginning of Martinek's sixth season with the Islanders. In 253 regular season NHL games, he has 10 goals and 49 assists for 59 points and a career plus-minus of +21. Despite missing the final 30 games of the 2006-07 season with a fractured leg, the 6-1, 210-pound defenseman matched a career high with 17 points (2 goals, 15 assists) and led the team with a +17.
"The Islanders were the NHL team that drafted me and Long Island has become a second home," Martinek said this morning. "I never even considered the possibility of playing for another team. I'm looking forward to this season and many more to come as an Islander."
Martinek was selected by the Islanders in the eighth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He played a key role on the Czech Republic's gold medal team in the 2001 World Championships.
"That's great news to start the season," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. "I'm happy for Marty because he's earned this, but I'm just as happy for our team and our fans because we just locked up one of our key veteran defensemen."
The Islanders open the 2007-08 season in Buffalo tonight before coming home to host Opening Night against the Sabres on Saturday at 7:05 pm at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Please note: On the Islanders Insider sent out this morning, we incorrectly reported Martinek was signed through 2011-2012. We apologize for the error.
Search for "MARTINEK" in the Islanders TV console for exclusive interviews and highlights of the defenseman.
FANS: DON'T FORGET KIDS OPENING DAY ON MONDAY!!!
Free DP Jersey for kids 14 and under, presented by RexCorp Islanders Inspire
You won't find a more family-friendly event in major pro sports than Kids Opening Day with the New York Islanders, presented by Rexcorp Islanders Inspire.
The tradition continues to grow in a big way when Rick DiPietro and the Islanders host superstar Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Columbus Day, this Monday, October 8 at 2:00 pm at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Among the highlights of Kids Opening Day:
FREE DiPIETRO JERSEY: All fans 14 and under will receive a Rick DiPietro team jersey!
POST-GAME KIDZ SHOOTOUT: After the game, children are invited on the Coliseum ice to take a shot on goal! And while you wait, you could get some shooting tips (and an autograph!) from an Islanders player.
NYI FAMILY FUN FEST STARTS AT NOON!: Arrive at the Coliseum early and join us on the Plaza for our new Family Fan Fest, featuring an obstacle course, giant slide, face painting, kids broadcasting station, interactive games and so much more.
MASCOTS GALORE: Starting at noon on the Plaza and continuing throughout the game, Sparky and his friends will entertain children of all ages. Sparky's buddies include Storm (Bridgeport Sound Tigers), Thrash (Atlanta), Stormy (Carolina), Gnash (Nashville), Blades (Boston) and Stinger (Columbus), and, as always, there will be plenty of surprise guests.
In addition, ALL activities during the game will be for the children. This means PA announcements of Islanders goals will be done by young Islander fans. All in-game giveaways will be for children. All scoreboard contests will be played by kids. And expect plenty of surprises throughout the day.
Thanks to Dave & Buster's and Nathan's, the Islanders are proud to introduce the Family Fun Pack for Kids' Opening Day and receive the following.
- 4 tickets
- 4 vouchers for hot dog and soda
- 4 Islanders hats
- 1 Dave & Buster's $10 Power Card
Valued at $300, the Islanders Family Fun Pack can be purchased for just $125.
Make Columbus Day a memorable experience for the whole family by attending an Islanders game at the Nassau Coliseum.
To purchase a family fun pack, please call the Islanders customer service department at 1 800 882 ISLES, ext. 2. All other tickets can be purchased at the Coliseum box office and through Ticketmaster.