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Islanders Youth Hockey Jamboree a Success!

Mite and mini-mite players hit the Coliseum ice for a day of smiles, sportsmanship and hockey.

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 10:00 AM / News
By Kerri Schreiber
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Islanders Youth Hockey Jamboree a Success!
Mite and mini-mite players hit the Coliseum ice for a day of smiles, sportsmanship and hockey.
It was a day full of smiles and laughter for local youth hockey teams who gathered at Nassau Coliseum for the New York Islanders Seventh Annual Youth Hockey Jamboree.  Mini-mite and mite level teams played four 15-minute games on the very same Coliseum ice their favorite team competes on.

“It’s a blast and a thrill for the kids,” Dan Greziano, head coach of the Iceworks team, said.  “And (it’s a thrill) for their parents to see their kids on the NHL ice.  I was telling the kids on the bench last night the Islanders and the Detroit Red Wings were out here and now you get to be on the same rink and bench as they do.”

The Jamboree featured 16 teams from Long Island and Manhattan. The players were encouraged to be good sports and send positive cheers to other teams before and after each game.

“We have a lot of great sportsmanship,” Jocelyn Cummings, Islanders manager of hockey development, said.  “They all high five each other on the way out and they’re cheering each other on the way in.  It’s great to get different teams out here on the big ice to see where the Islanders play.”

Sitting on the benches, many of the young players stared in amazement at the number of seats around them and absorbed the great experience of playing at a professional arena.

“It’s really not about how much ice time they’re going to get,” Bobby Amore, coach of Buckley Hockey School, said.   “It’s just watching their eyes looking up at the stands and going wow, this is where dreams start right here.”

All of the players were eager to share their experiences about being on the ice, including Anthony, from Iceworks, who notched an assist in his Coliseum debut.

“It was really fast paced, everything was going so quickly,” Anthony said.  “Everyone was shooting goals.  It was awesome and really fun.”

The event was unique because teams had the chance to play more teams than they normally would in a single day.  Natalie, a goalie for the Long Island Royals mite team, talked about her experience after posting two shutouts between the pipes.

“It’s exciting to play different teams that you don’t usually get to play,” she said.  “I liked playing different teams in the same day because you wouldn’t really play four games in one day.”

For an event all about fun and sportsmanship, the score didn’t matter, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t anything to play for.  The Royals were promised post-game ice cream if they played well.  After two shutouts and a few goals, they came off the ice smiling.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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