Youngsters Skate At Coliseum For Annual Islanders Jamboree

Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 10:25 AM ET / Community
By Greg Picker
X
Share with your Friends


Youngsters Skate At Coliseum For Annual Islanders Jamboree
Youth hockey players age 4-9 skated on Coliseum Ice Saturday

Following New York Islanders practice Saturday, future Islanders of a different sort found themselves on Nassau Coliseum ice. Young hockey players aged 4-9 participated in the sixth annual Islanders Youth Hockey Jamboree.

Twelve teams from across Long Island and Brooklyn partook in the afternoon of fun, which also included a rinkside view of Islanders practice prior to the youth games. Following practice, members of the Islanders signed autographs for their young fans.

The Coliseum ice surface was separated into three smaller rinks so six teams could play at once. Although the speed of Michael Grabner, the shot of John Tavares or the physical presence of Matt Martin may not have been on display it was still a terrific occasion for all the kids involved along with their families.

Vinny Messina, the coach of the Islanders Iceworks team, was excited to see his young stars participate on the Coliseum ice.

“A lot of the boys that are here, they play in Islanders jerseys at every clinic and they’re Islanders fans,” Messina said. “They all feel like they’re the home team.”

Nine-year old John from the Iceworks team loved skating on the same ice as his favorite NHL squad.

“It’s pretty awesome and fun. Getting to meet the players was very cool too.”

One of the Islanders that the young athletes had the chance to meet was Joe Finley. The Minnesota native fondly remembers his days growing up attending Minnesota Wild practices and knows just how special of an occasion it is for the young admirers to participate in a day like this.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Finley said. “You get to see a lot of kids with big smiles on their faces. I remember being that age and thinking how cool it was. Just having a little interaction goes a long way with them.”

The 6’8, 249-lb defenseman may have been more than twice the size of most of the jamboree participants, but he fit right in during the jamboree sessions, sitting on the bench and trading some hockey stories with those waiting for their next shift.

Islanders Manager of Amateur Hockey Development, Jocelyne Cummings was thrilled seeing the youth players grinning from ear to ear on the ice.

“All pro hockey players start at this level, so it’s fun to see the development from when the kids start here to where they eventually end up playing,” Cummings said. “The kids faces are the priceless. Getting on the ice and saying to their friends ‘the Islanders play here!’ is exactly why we have this event.”

Maybe when these youngsters are draft eligible in a decade, they’ll be able to once again play on the same as ice their favorite team, but this time as a member of the Islanders.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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 © 1999-2015 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