Islanders Children's Foundation Wins Big at Isles Casino Night

Over $100,000 raised at Islanders Second Annual Casino Night.

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 12:23 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Islanders Children\'s Foundation Wins Big at Isles Casino Night
Over $100,000 raised at Islanders Second Annual Casino Night.
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The second-annual New York Islanders Casino Night was a record-breaking success, raising over $100,000 for the Islanders Children’s Foundation on Wednesday night at Jericho Terrace.

The Islanders traded in their blue and orange sweaters for sleek, black tuxedos to walk the red carpet with their wives and girlfriends and man the felt-green casino tables.

“People are having a good time and it’s a great event,” Islanders captain, and part-time Blackjack dealer, John Tavares said. “It’s obviously a great cause and it’s nice for us to get away from the rink a little bit and enjoy some time with some big supporters of our team.”

In addition to dealing cards and throwing dice, the players flowed freely with the fans, mingling, chatting and taking pictures with the Islanders faithful all night. On the tables, Kyle Okposo was dishing out 21’s in Blackjack, Anders Lee was lighting the lamp in Craps, while Matt Martin was spinning his lucky number, 17, on the roulette wheel.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Martin said. “People are doing pretty well at my table. I’m telling people to bet on 17 and it’s come up a few times. We’ve raised a lot of money for the ICF and we’ve had a lot of fun with the fans.”

"We raised a lot more money than we did the first time we hosted the event. It’s a good trend and we’re looking forward to next year to make it bigger and better.”Community Relations Manager Ann Rina

All guests in attendance received gift bags upon arrival and walked out with signed souvenirs and prizes won on the casino floor. Islanders legends Mike Bossy and Bobby Nystrom were also on hand to take pictures, sign autographs and raise money for the ICF.

One hundred percent of proceeds benefitted the children’s foundation and this year’s crowd was more than generous with their donations. The live auction portion of the event raised over $40,000, with the top two items – a pair of road trips with the team – each pulling in $12,500.

“It was an excellent, excellent affair,” said George Mehr, who won a trip with the team for next season. “[My wife, Lori and I] had a great time playing games with the players. To win the trip – preferably to Pittsburgh – was a great cap on the night.”

Fans bid in silent and chance auctions for other great prizes, including signed sports memorabilia, exclusive events with the players and a signed Tavares Stadium Series jersey. With all the money they donated, the fans earned first-star honors at the end of the night.

The Islanders Children’s Foundation is dedicated to supporting Long Island-based, non-profit organizations that provide opportunities to children as well as a variety of in-house youth programming. The Foundation works with children’s charities that focus on the areas of health, education and youth hockey development.

Overall, the event was a rousing night of fun, drinks, music and raising money for a good cause. Players and fans alike were glowing in their black-tie attire and already looking forward to next year’s event.

“We had a tremendous night here,” Islanders Community Relations Manager Ann Rina said. “We raised a lot more money than we did the first time we hosted the event. It’s a good trend and we’re looking forward to next year to make it bigger and better.”

Here is Wednesday’s lineup from Islanders Casino Night.

Josh Bailey – Blackjack

Matt Carkner – Blackjack

Casey Cizikas – Blackjack

Cal Clutterbuck – Texas Hold ‘Em

Calvin de Haan – Blackjack

Mike Halmo – Craps

Travis Hamonic – Roulette

Thomas Hickey – Blackjack

Anders Lee – Craps

Matt Martin – Roulette

Radek Martinek – Blackjack

Colin McDonald – Roulette

Evgeni Nabokov – Let It Ride Poker

Brock Nelson – Blackjack

Frans Nielsen – Blackjack

Anders Nilsson – Money Wheel

Kyle Okposo – Blackjack

Brian Strait – Texas Hold ‘Em

Ryan Strome – Blackjack

John Tavares – Blackjack

Lubomir Visnovsky – Blackjack

Coaches – Blackjack

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
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 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 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

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