Park Receives Honor From State
Islanders forward earns New York State Proclamation for his community efforts; Coliseum holds celebration for Superior RInk
Tuesday, 12.23.2008 / 9:45 PM ET / News
By Jason Lockhart - Website/Publications Coordinator
Prior to the Islanders' contest against the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night, Richard Park received a New York State Proclamation. New York State Assemblywoman Ellen Young presented the award and also officially named December 23rd "Richard Park Day" in New York State. Park was humbled by receiving such an honor.
"I'm speechless to tell you the truth," said Park. "I feel very honored to be mentioned with the State of New York in the same sentence of this magnitude."
Park has the distinction of being the second Korean-born player in the NHL. It is an honor that Park is proud to hold.
"Hopefully, it's something kids can look up to one day and really have something they can strive for in life," said Park. "Because it just goes to show you that if live your life to the best of your abilities and you strive for something you believe in, it seems like there are endless possibilities."
Park presented Assemblywoman Young with an Islanders jersey bearing the name "Young" and No. 1.
"The Asian community is very excited about accomplishments in fields other than academics," said Young. "Because of the diversity of the state and the city, my district is more than fifty percent Asian. Kids are being encouraged to get involved in sports. Hockey is about team effort and working together to achieve the same goal. I would like to thank Richard Park for his dedication to the New York Islanders and his significant contributions to the sporting world and the great State of New York."
Park is the second member of the Islanders community who Young has presented the New York State Proclamation to this week. Recently, she bestowed the honor to Islanders Mandarin Chinese broadcaster Alex Peng.
Click here to read more about the New York State Proclamation received by Alex Peng.
Additional Reporting by Melissa Marchionna
HOLIDAY ORNAMENT AUCTION
The Islanders players, wives and girlfriends continued a long-standing tradition on Tuesday evening. For more than five years, the players and their significant others have teamed up to decorate holiday ornaments, which are then auctioned off at the last game before Christmas. The auction raised $1,140 to benefit the Islanders Children's Foundation.
ISLANDERS RINK NIGHT – SUPERIOR RINK
Superior Rink in Kings Park was the second rink this season to be the featured at an Islanders Rink Night at Nassau Coliseum.
For the Rink Night, the Islanders provided a private party in the Coliseum Expo Hall prior to the start of Tuesday's game. Complete with food, drinks, video games and inflatable games, there was fun for all family members. Sparky also made an appearance, dressed appropriately for the holidays.
"It's a nice setup here away from the rink," said Pete Parenti, father of Long Island Royals Lucas and Matt. "We appreciate what the Islanders have done and it's a fun night."
The Long Island Royals––a travel team based out of Superior Rink––purchased 1,000 tickets to Tuesday night's game against Atlanta for participants and families of the rink.
"This was a great opportunity for our rink," said Joanne Parenti. "You get to mingle with people who you don't see that often because we're in different age levels."
Throughout the season, rinks on Long Island will be recognized at the Nassau Coliseum. Along with having a pre-game party in the Expo Hall, members of the rink participate in the flag ceremony prior to the drop of the puck.
"This was a fun night," said Lucas. "Our team is a lot of fun to play on."
AMERICAN RED CROSS NIGHT
The Islanders continue their "Hockey With a Heart" campaign on Friday with American Red Cross Night when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Nassau Coliseum. As part of the campaign, a portion of the proceeds from Friday night's ticket sales will benefit the American Red Cross of Nassau County.
"We would not be able to help our fellow Long Islanders if not for the generosity of the public and organizations like the New York Islanders," said Frank Cassano, Chief Executive Officer of the Nassau Red Cross. "The New York Islanders clearly understand the importance of giving back to the community and we are extremely grateful for their continued support."
Click here to purchase tickets to Red Cross Night at the Coliseum.
Watch an IslandersTV video about Red Cross Night.