Islanders Children's Foundation the Winner at Annual Golf Outing

Monday, 09.9.2013 / 9:30 PM ET / Community
By Greg Picker
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Islanders Children\'s Foundation the Winner at Annual Golf Outing
Islanders players, coaches and alumni participated in the sixth annual golf outing, benefiting the ICF.
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Amidst the excitement of John Tavares being appointed Islanders captain Monday, the club hosted its sixth annual Islanders Children’s Foundation Golf Outing. Held at Bethpage State Park’s Red Course, over 160 fans and sponsors participated in the event. Including the silent auction and raffle at the dinner portion of the event, over $100,000 was raised for children on Long Island.

Each group of four sponsors was matched with an Islanders player, coach or alumnus. On a beautiful afternoon, the Islanders enjoyed getting to know their fans over a round of golf.

Defenseman Travis Hamonic was partnered with a group from Ok Petroleum, located in West Babylon.

“It’s an opportunity for us to get to know the fans and for them to get to know us not just as jerseys on the ice,” said Hamonic. “Everyone coming together to support a great cause is really special.”

Forward Kyle Okposo was partnered with the Costello family, representing Costello Construction. Hailing from Maryland, the family has attended numerous Islanders games at Washington, but first visited Nassau Coliseum last spring for Game 4 of the Conference Quarterfinals against the Penguins.

“We were so amped up after the win that we said ‘we have to meet these guys,’” David Costello said. “So we decided to sponsor this event and had a terrific time. For us to help out a charity and combine that with the chance to play with an Islander is simply unbelievable.”

Like the rest of the team, Okposo has a deep appreciation for the Islanders Children’s Foundation.

“It’s something that (Owner) Charles Wang cares deeply about and we do as well,” Okposo said. “We’re happy to do anything we can to help.”

The day was full of competitions including “longest drive” and “hole-in-one” challenges that offered the chance to win a car. Other prizes included a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony and an overnight trip to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.

“It’s been a great day and even more than we could have asked for,” said Ann Rina, Islanders Community Relations Manager. “I think everyone will go home happy and we’ll make next year’s event even bigger and better.”

The Islanders would like to thank the following sponsors: Met-rx, NBTY Helping Hands, Merrill Lynch, US Trust/Bank of America, Package All Corp, MSG, Feury Image Group, Silver Fin Capital Group, Capital One Bank, Blackberry, LMS Entertainment, AXA Advisors, Kenneth Peters Center, Newsday, HSBC, Petrozella Agency, Inc., Costello Construction, NYCB, Pepsi, Globecomm, Mercedes Benz, Printing Spectrum, Advanced Restoration, Astoria Federal, Ok Petroleum, C.N.A. Cives Steel Co., Lightpath, FTI Consulting, JC Steel, Verge Creative Group, IRN Payment Systems, GoodOrtho.com, Taras & Farrell, Barclays Capital and Global Companies.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 NYR 72 46 19 7 219 167 99
3 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
7 WSH 73 39 24 10 212 180 88
8 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 73 31 31 11 164 186 73
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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