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MEDIA DAY A SUCCESS

The Islanders welcomed members of the media to the Coliseum yesterday to meet the organization

Wednesday, 09.22.2010 / 3:20 PM ET / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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MEDIA DAY A SUCCESS
Media Day was a huge success for the Islanders. Not only did the Long Island hockey team announce the signing of their fifth overall draft pick Nino Niederreiter, they had a large showing of local, national and international media present on the fourth day of Islanders Training Camp.

Hosting Media Day is a big indication that the 2010-11 hockey season has begun because it guarantees members of the media access to all the players as well as the Islanders owner Charles Wang, Head Coach Scott Gordon and General Manager Garth Snow.

With more than 40 members of the media present at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the final two days of summer, the Islanders received a warm welcome to kick off the hockey season.

“It was good,” Gordon said about Media Day. “I thought it was a good way to kind of start the year here in New York and Training Camp, get everybody under one roof and fire away the questions.”

Inside the newly renovated Islanders locker room, the second group of Islanders players took off their skates and got out of their gear while the media flocked in to begin their interviews. On top of the list was the Islanders newest signed player Nino Niederreiter, 2009 first overall draft pick John Tavares and veteran goaltender Rick DiPietro.

“This many people for one person, it’s pretty fun to see and I’m just enjoying the moment. I hope (Rick) DiPietro can breathe after a while,” Islanders rookie forward Justin DiBenedetto said with a laugh as he watched the media swarm around Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro.

It was good,” Gordon said about Media Day. “I thought it was a good way to kind of start the year here in New York and Training Camp, get everybody under one roof and fire away the questions. - Scott Gordon
Shining lights, camera’s flashing, video cameras rolling, audio recorders and microphones recording. More than 20 members of the media stood, scrunched and pushed their way closer to the front of the scrum.

“I had a lot of media crowd at the World Juniors a little bit, but not close to as much as (Rick) DiPietro has right now,” Niederreiter said. “But I think it’s good for him.”

DiPietro dismissed the rookies’ notion of being the top story. “This is the most media I’ve ever seen here. (It’s all because of) JT (John Tavares). They all flock to see JT,” DiPietro joked.

When newyorkislanders.com pointed out that there was a pretty large media scrum in front of him just moments before, the goaltender said, “Well that’s because I’m a story now because  I’m coming back from an injury.”

But really, the goaltender was happy to see such a great turnout.

“This is nice,” DiPietro said. “It’s nice to have a buzz around the team, especially coming off a difficult season. Everyone is pretty optimistic. I don’t think we have as much media circus as the Jets do right now, but it’s nice to have a little bit.”

The goaltender has had a rough couple of seasons plagued by injury and this is the first time in three years that he is healthy and expected to start off the season, so it’s no surprise that the veteran is happy to be back and ready to play some hockey.

“I can’t wait (for the season),” DiPietro said. “It goes without saying. I can’t wait for the first exhibition game. So it’s a great opportunity for us. I think we have a great chance to do some really positive things this season.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 17 19 -4 36
K. Okposo 47 12 24 -9 36
B. Nelson 49 20 11 1 31
F. Nielsen 49 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 49 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 48 8 15 5 23
A. Lee 49 7 14 1 21
N. Leddy 49 3 16 -12 19
R. Strome 38 5 13 -6 18
N. Kulemin 49 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 10 4 .921 2.18
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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