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LIGHTHOUSE JAMBOREE

Islanders host annual youth hockey Lighthouse Jamboree

Friday, 01.22.2010 / 4:08 PM / News
By Ashley Piccione
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LIGHTHOUSE JAMBOREE

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Less than 12 hours after the Islanders defeated the Buffalo Sabres in a 3-2 shootout victory, the Nassau Coliseum was once again packed with excited little hockey players and their parents.  Every season, the Islanders host the Lighthouse Jamboree where youth hockey players from all over Long Island come to skate on the Coliseum ice. 

The Lighthouse Jamboree was an all day affair that started with the morning session beginning at 7 a.m. and lasting until 10:30 a.m. and then an afternoon session starting at 1:30 p.m.  Breaking up the sessions was the Islanders practice that was open to the public to view.

The ice was divided into three sheets by large cushioned barriers, where from 7-10:30 a.m., thirty-six teams rotated on and off the ice every ten minutes. The mini mites were the first group to drop the puck on the Jamboree and were followed by the mites later in the morning session.  As one group of future 'NHLers' stepped off the ice at the visitor entrance, another group was jumping on yelling, “This is awesome!”
 
“This is our third year, it has gotten bigger and bigger every single year,” Manager of Amateur Hockey Development Michelle Winter said.  “Its awesome, the fact that the program has really grown each year is terrific.  It’s great to have all of the local rinks supporting youth hockey.”

“Seeing the mini-mites on the ice is the funniest part of the day, because they are so little,” Winter said.  They can barely move around in their equipment but it’s nice because it introduces them to hockey.”

Not only were there fist pumps and goal celebrations, but there were also pigtails flowing on the ice.  The Lady Islanders had a team made up of girls between the ages of 8-10 and took part in the Jamboree for the first time in their team history. 

“It’s an honor to be a part of the Jamboree as the first all girls team,” Lady Islanders Director of Operations Zoe Schwan said. “The girls are not fazed at all playing against boys.  They actually enjoy it more because its always fun for a girl to beat a boy.  This was an event for The Lady Islanders to show who they are and to get other girl hockey players to see what they are about.”

Joe Trimarchi, Director of Nassau County House League Hockey said that Nassau County has been part of the Light House Jamboree since Steve Webb got the program off the ground several years ago.  The thrill of skating on the same ice that Islander stars Kyle Okposo and John Tavares skate on, brings them back every year.

“I commend the Islanders for their vision in skill development for young hockey players. As a member of the USA Hockey cross ice development program, I cannot say enough about it.”  Trimarchi said.

At 10:30 when the mites came off the ice, it was time to prepare to watch the Islanders open practice at 11 a.m.  Everyone lined the way at the Islanders’ home tunnel and got to see each player take the ice.

“It’s just an amazing feeling just to see how happy and how excited the kids are, I had one kid say to me, ‘this is the best day of my life’ and that makes it all worth-wile.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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