Islanders Team With Local Non-profit to Increase Amateur Hockey Development

Partnership Strengthens Overall Quality of Hockey on Long Island

Friday, 01.11.2013 / 4:00 PM ET / News
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Islanders Team With Local Non-profit to Increase Amateur Hockey Development
Partnership Strengthens Overall Quality of Hockey on Long Island

The New York Islanders announced today that they are partnering with Pride in Athletics for Life (P.A.L.) Hockey, a non-profit, amateur hockey organization, for a momentous partnership on Long Island.

“This partnership is an unbelievable opportunity for boys and girls on Long Island to have access to the best hockey expertise, instruction and rinks in our area,” P.A.L. Executive Director Tom Palamara said. “By teaming with the Islanders, we can help develop our players into great athletes, and more importantly, great people, through a streamlined structure of teams.”

This partnership marks the formal creation of the P.A.L. Junior Islanders Hockey Club. The organization will operate teams at six different levels, including: mite, squirt, peewee, bantam, midget and junior. All levels of the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders will split their practice and game time between two home rinks, Islanders Iceworks in Syosset, NY and The Rinx in Hauppauge, NY.

“Teaming with P.A.L. solidifies our commitment to youth hockey on Long Island,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “The experience that the overall P.A.L. organization brings to the table is paramount to the success of this program. Not only will this strengthen the overall quality of hockey on Long Island, but we believe our new partnership will also strengthen the overall quality of our community.”

The Islanders and P.A.L. will work in conjunction, providing coach and player development, hockey expertise, marketing assets, promotional assistance and public relations support. The team will assist directly with youth hockey on Long Island at the Tier I level and provide co-branding for the teams at the Tier II and Tier III levels.

The P.A.L. executive board currently consists of ten volunteer board members, but will expand to 12 to include Islanders Assistant Coach and Senior Advisor to the GM Doug Weight, as well as another member of the Islanders organization.

One of the oldest, most well-respected hockey organizations in the Northeast, Pride in Athletics for Life represents the message we have been delivering to our players since 1975. Skate with the passion which drives your desire to succeed. Treat your fellow teammates, opponents and our great game of hockey with respect. Live your life with integrity during all that life brings you. Approach your life with discipline both on and off the ice and never lose the enthusiasm for life, sport or the desire to achieve. P.A.L. Ice Hockey has travel teams, recreational house leagues, skills development, and USA Hockey initiation programs. This organization is not affiliated with Suffolk Police Athletic League.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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