1-on-1 with J.P. Rosenbaum
One lucky fan will get to meet Rosenbaum, winner of Season 7 of “The Bachelorette," and his fiance Ashley Hebert on Sat., Nov. 5 as they attend Islanders-Capitals game
Monday, 10.31.2011 / 2:00 PM ET / News
New York Islanders
NYI: Are you ready for the game against the Capitals?
JP: I am so excited to be there at the Coliseum on Saturday. I am a die-hard fan. It’s a special day for me, that’s for sure.
NYI: How often do you get the chance to see your Isles play live?
JP: It’s tough. I’ve been living in Manhattan for 12 years. I used to go to all the games at the Garden when they played the Rangers. Life kind of takes over a bit though, so for me to get out to a game, it’s not as frequent as I would like. But I definitely go every year.
NYI: So then you and Ashley must be really looking forward to coming back to the Coliseum.
JP: We can’t wait. I can’t wait. She went to the University of Maine, where they have a big hockey program. She likes the sport, but she’s going to learn to love the Islanders.
NYI: How long have you been following the Islanders?
JP: I would say, probably since I was about five. I’ve been going to games since I was that young. The glory years, where we won the four Cups, I was really small. I was born in ’77, so I really don’t remember it too well. But growing up in the early 90’s, those are really the years I remember well.
NYI: How did you become an Islanders fan?
JP: My parents had some friends with season tickets when I was little and they went to all those playoff games where they won the Cups, so it was a big part of their life back then. I’m sure that’s how I got into it.
NYI: What is your favorite moment in Islanders history?
JP: Probably the Shawn Bates penalty shot in 2002 against Toronto in the playoffs. I was at that game and the place was just exploding. I had never heard the Coliseum that loud before. That was definitely my most memorable moment, for sure.
NYI: One of the greatest moments in our history.
JP: That was the first time we had made the playoffs since ’94 and a buddy of mine and myself, we slept outside of the Coliseum for tickets. I guess they went on sale Saturday at noon and we got there Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock. I think we were the third and fourth people on line. We slept out there and got our tickets for that series.
NYI: So who would be your favorite Islander of all time? Shawn Bates?
JP: That’s tough to say. I’ve been through a lot of transitional periods with the Islanders. Turgeon from the early ‘90s was the guy that I remember the most. I don’t know if he’s my favorite, but that was the guy during my childhood that I remember the most.
NYI: Who is your favorite player on the current roster?
JP: I think this team is kind of forming an identity, so I don’t necessarily have a favorite player. I think there is a ton of talent out there. Obviously Tavares, Okposo, Bailey, Hamonic, all of them. I think there’s a lot of young talent and I’m curious to see how they are going to develop in the next couple years. I wouldn’t say I have a favorite. I’m pulling for Al Montoya because he’s a (University of) Michigan guy and we’ve got to stick together. But then again, I also want Ricky (DiPietro) to come back and be the goalie that everyone knows he can be. I don’t really have a favorite, I’m a fan of the whole team.
NYI: You have almost 60,000 followers on Twitter @JP_Rosenbaum. Ashley has over 60,000 @ashhebert. Do you follow the team or the players?
JP: I don’t follow the players actually, but I follow the team @NYIslanders. Whenever I can’t be at my TV for a game, I’m looking at scores with that thing. We are active on Twitter. I never was before the show, but it comes with the territory.
NYI: Switching gears, which Islander do you think would make the best contestant on the Bachelorette?
JP: (Laughs) Firstly, I don’t even know who is single. They’ve got to be single or they are automatically eliminated. Maybe chicks would dig that moustache on (Trevor) Gillies, but I don’t really know.
NYI: As someone born and raised on Long Island, what do you think makes the Islanders so important to this island?
JP: Definitely the history behind the team. They have such a strong fan base. Everybody saw it in the early ‘80s and there is so much love and support for this team. The fans are there and the team’s an important part of Long Island. I can’t imagine my childhood without it and I think that’s important. The community is behind this team.
During his visit on Nov. 5, J.P. will take the ice to show contestants how to play the Mohegan Sun Time to Shine – a second intermission fan-shootout game. One lucky fan will have the opportunity to join J.P. on the ice. Fans wishing to participate must submit a tweet to @NYIslanders with the hashtag #IslesJP explaining why they want to step on the ice with J.P. The winner will be announced prior to faceoff at the Coliseum and will also win exclusive Islanders memorabilia signed by J.P.
Remember to use the hashtag to enter or we won’t be able to find you!