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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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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