My Islanders Account

COMMUNITY Presented by 

 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Islanders Coaches Go Holiday Shopping For Hospitalized Children

Wednesday, 12.5.2012 / 4:00 PM ET / Community
New York Islanders
X
Share with your Friends


Islanders Coaches Go Holiday Shopping For Hospitalized Children
Click for photo gallery

The New York Islanders coaching staff traded in their whistles and dry-erase boards for shopping carts and holiday lists as they visited Toys “R” Us on Wednesday, purchasing more than 450 gifts for pediatric patients at seven different hospitals throughout Long Island and Queens. For the sixth consecutive year, the Islanders woke up early to brighten the days of those who will be in the hospital during the holiday season. The holiday shopping event was sponsored by NAM, National Arbitration and Mediation.

Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano, Assistant Coach and Senior Advisor to the General Manager Doug Weight, Assistant Coach Brent Thompson, Player Development Representative Eric Cairns and Video Coach Matt Bertani filled dozens of carts with games, toys, dolls, action figures and more.

“We’re here to help out kids who either won’t be able to enjoy the holidays at home or are in otherwise unfortunate situations,” Capuano said. “I’m thankful to be a part of this. Ever since I’ve been with the Islanders organization, we’ve always done everything we could to give back to the community.”

The Islanders shoppers were tasked with picking out gifts for both girls and boys, ranging from toddlers to teens, which presented a unique challenge for Thompson.

“Shopping for girls can be tricky, although I have a couple of nieces, so I think I did pretty well,” he said. “And I’m sure the boys will enjoy some of the sports-themed gifts that we picked out, like the knee hockey set or the little footballs that will make the nurses go crazy.”

As always, this event wouldn’t be what it is without the support of a partner like NAM, National Arbitration and Mediation.

“This is a heartwarming event and I am very happy that NAM has partnered with the New York Islanders to deliver toys to children in the hospital during this holiday season,” Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM, National Arbitration and Mediation, said. “With everything that Long Island has been through since the hurricane, I am happy to support a cause that helps spread a little joy this time of year.”

On Dec. 17, the coaching staff and members of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, will personally deliver the gifts to pediatric patients at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park; Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow; Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola; Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook; Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip; St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside; and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.

“It’s always nice to help kids who need it, especially around the holidays,” Capuano said. “We’re very fortunate to be in the position we are, so to take some time and help children this time of year is both rewarding and humbling. I know I can’t wait to see their faces when we deliver the gifts.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
Transportation
Pro Shops
Islanders TV
Iceworks
NewYorkIslanders.com is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and NewYorkIslanders.com are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy |  AdChoices |  Terms of Use |  Contact  Us |  Employment |  Webmaster |  NHL.com Terms of Use