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State of the Union: Islanders style

Tuesday, 06.12.2012 / 4:01 PM / News
By Michael Kelley
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State of the Union: Islanders style
General Manager Garth Snow spoke to Islanders prospective ticket plan holders Thursday night and Friday afternoon, during an hour-long question and answer session with passionate fans. He addressed the upcoming NHL Draft, the current state of the team and what the future holds.

Fans piled into Nassau Coliseum for a buffet meal and an opportunity to ask Snow their most pressing offseason questions. Snow opened up by acknowledging the importance of the fans and making a promise.

“In my mind, everyone in this room is a part owner,” Snow said. “Your money from ticket and merchandise sales go into our investment of a player and ultimately the final product on the ice. I will not waste your money.”
   
There were several hard pressing questions such as what type of player will be selected in the draft, the long-term plans at the goaltender position, the second line center vacancy, team toughness and the team’s current identity.

Islander legend Mike Bossy stopped by the Thursday Q&A session and also addressed the crowd, discussing his experiences with the Islanders during the famous four-peat from 1980-83. Bossy spoke about how that team matured to become champions and how gaining the experience that these young players are getting is invaluable.

Islanders pride was on full display as many fans donned Islanders gear and jerseys of their favorite players. One fan, accompanied by his seven-year-old daughter, told the crowd a story of how Matt Moulson throwing his daughter a puck during warm-ups one game motivated him to purchase season tickets for the 2012-13 season.        

Afterwards, Snow said the event was a great opportunity for the fans to interact and share their ideas with management.

“Especially in a tight knit community like Long Island, its great to communicate with the fans and hear their perspective,” Snow said. “What continues to amaze me is the passion our fans have regarding the direction of this organization and because of that passion, it makes my job that much more rewarding.”

At the conclusion of both Q&A sessions, fans went on a special tour of the locker room and training center, and also had the opportunity to sit in the new lower-level seats installed for next season.

With a young core in place and bright years ahead, Snow is relying on the fans to realize their importance.

“I remember a game against Toronto when I was sitting in the locker room before the game and heard the fans stomping and screaming on my way out to the ice,” Snow said. “Hearing that gives you extra energy and inspiration to go out and perform. Our fans are extremely important to our success both on and off the ice.”



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 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 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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