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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 / 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 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 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
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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