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LONG ISLANDERS AT MINI CAMP

Top Long Island hockey players enjoy chance to skate at Islanders Mini Camp

Monday, 07.19.2010 / 11:06 AM / News
By Alex Silverman
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LONG ISLANDERS AT MINI CAMP
This summer, Islanders Mini-Camp gave a group of top unsigned players from Long Island the chance to skate alongside Islanders prospects and show their stuff. Fourteen unsigned Long Islanders participated in the mini camp skates, workouts, and events.  As undrafted college players, the opportunity to perform for an NHL organization is second-to-none.  To do so for their hometown team makes the experience all the more incredible.

“I was honored,” said Michael Marcou of Kings Park.  “You grow up watching this team play and then you go out there, trying to be a part of it.  It’s something really special.”

Marcou, whose older brother James attended the camp in 2007, has been very close to the Islanders from a young age.  In fact, the family connection to the Islanders runs deep.

“My mom used to cut hair for Patrick Flatley and Mick Vukota,” Marcou said.  “My older brother also plays and he got me really into it too.”

Getting invited to the Islanders camp isn’t only exciting as an Islanders fan, but it represents an incredible accomplishment as an amateur hockey player.  Ryan Agosta of East Meadow couldn’t be more thrilled about being selected.

“This is the highest [achievement] for kids going into college,” Agosta said.  “This is the best accomplishment to have.  This is where everything starts.”

With the accomplishment of being invited to camp comes an opportunity to take a step towards ultimately playing professional hockey.  For this reason, each of the camp invites hopes to turn some heads and get noticed.   

“I’m just looking to make an impact,” said Zak Stone of Roslyn.  “I just want to get one person to at least say ‘oh wow look at that Stone kid.’  I want people to get to know my name so in the future they can recognize me, see me somewhere, and they’ll remember back to this camp.”

Still, even with the pressure to make the most of the opportunity, many of the invites agreed that it’s best to just keep things simple, try hard, and enjoy the moment.

“I just want to play as hard as I can and have fun,” said Joey Diamond of Long Beach.

Diamond’s hard work paid off on Saturday night in the Orange vs. Blue Scrimmage.  In front of a crowd of almost 5,000 Long Islanders, including friends and family, Diamond put on a show, scoring a goal and making his presence known on the ice throughout the game. 

Danny Markowitz, an offensive defenseman from Jericho, also represented Long Island on the scoresheet, tallying the first goal of the game for the Orange team.  Markowitz started the play with an outlet pass to Casey Cizikas, the Islanders’ 4th round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft.  Markowitz then joined the rush, creating a two-on-one for the Orange team.  After gaining the offensive blue line, Cizikas sent the puck back to Markowitz on the left wing.  Markowitz did the rest, firing a quick wrist shot for the goal.

“Growing up on Long Island and going to games at the Coliseum and then getting to play here just makes scoring all the more sweet,” Markowitz said.  “Cizikas made a great play, drew the D-man and the goalie right over, and I just put it in.”

For Markowitz, scoring on the big stage at the Coliseum was the culmination of a lifetime of playing hockey on Long Island. 

“There’s a ton of great trainers and coaches here and you just have a great opportunity,” Markowitz said.  “I think [Long Island] is a very special place for hockey.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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