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Islanders host second Special Hockey Day

Special needs hockey teams skate on Coliseum ice

Saturday, 01.14.2012 / 4:47 PM / Community
By David Hochman
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Islanders host second Special Hockey Day

Every hockey game is special. It could be opening night, the Stanley Cup Final, a mid-week high school match-up or a little mite’s first time on ice – they’re all special to someone.

Islanders General Manager Garth Snow meets one of the young players from Special Hockey Day. Click here for photos.
On Saturday afternoon, the hockey games at Nassau Coliseum shed new light on the definition of special. The Islanders and the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) organized their second annual Special Hockey Day, featuring the Long Island Blues, New York Raptors, East Coast Jumbos, Nova Coolcats, Fearless Flyers and Bucks County Admirals.

“We work with hundreds of wonderful charities of every year, but this is one of the best events we’re able to host at the Coliseum,” Josh Rose, Islanders Director of Group Sales, said. “It’s extremely important to our organization that we assist these groups however we can and with the Long Island Blues based in our backyard, it’s natural to lend them a helping hand. We’re Long Island’s team and we’re here to take care of our community.”

The six special hockey teams in attendance competed with each other in games before sharing the ice for a skills clinic. That clinic became another special hockey moment when Islanders alumnus Benoit Hogue stepped on the ice to lead the drills and join in the fun.

“Typical kids don’t even get this amazing opportunity,” Stephen Stefanakos, whose son William plays for the Blues, said. “For special needs children to have this chance is incredible. It shows that the Islanders put all their support behind the local causes that need them.”

Before he took the ice, William enjoyed a surprise visit from Islanders General Manager Garth Snow as he watched the first special hockey game of the day.

“This makes our kids feel even more special,” the elder Stefanakos said. “We can really see the Islanders support up close. All week William was saying, ‘I’m really going to be on the ice, just like the NHL.’ That says it all.”

After more than three hours of fun on the ice, the special hockey contingent joined the Coliseum faithful to cheer on the Isles as they squared off with the Sabres in a New York state battle. The Islanders designated the Long Island Blues and their special hockey family as the night’s Charity of the Game, a significant title due in large part to their friends’ and families’ noteworthy contributions.

To learn more about the Long Island Blues and Special Hockey, please visit www.LongIslandBlues.org and www.AmericanSpecialHockey.org.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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