Islanders' Dal Colle gets special call after selection

Islanders captain John Tavares immediately welcomed Michael Dal Colle to the team

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 11:07 AM ET / News
By Mike Morreale
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Islanders\' Dal Colle gets special call after selection
Islanders captain John Tavares immediately welcomed Michael Dal Colle to the team

As if being selected with the fifth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders wasn't exciting enough, Oshawa Generals left wing Michael Dal Colle had one other reason to crack a huge smile Friday at Wells Fargo Center.

The special moment came minutes after Islanders general manager Garth Snow announced Dal Colle as the team's first draft pick and came courtesy of captain John Tavares.

"It was literally two minutes after I was picked when Tavares called," Dal Colle said. "He was the first call and welcomed me to the New York Islanders. He said the organization is happy to have me aboard.

"It was really pretty cool."

Tavares, taken by the Islanders with the first pick in 2009, spent four seasons with Oshawa, totaling totaled 183 goals and 383 points in 223 regular-season games. Dal Colle has 54 goals and 143 points in 130 regular-season games and most likely will spend one more season with the Generals before turning pro.

He was asked if playing with Tavares is something he would relish.

"That would be unreal," Dal Colle said. "I know what he did in Oshawa. He was one of the best players to ever lace up the skates for the Generals. Skating beside him would be something special."

Dal Colle's role model is his older brother, Jonluca, who has autism. His hero is mother Wendy, who seven years ago was diagnosed with breast cancer but has been cancer-free since 2009.

"I haven't called [Jonluca] yet but I definitely will, for sure at some point," Dal Colle said while making his media tour following his selection. "He's going to hopefully be the first one to wear a No. 71 Islanders jersey."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
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4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
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M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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