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Bailey to remain with Islanders

Saturday, 11.29.2008 / 10:26 AM / News
The Islanders announced Saturday morning that center Josh Bailey, their 2008 first-round draft pick, will remain with the Islanders for the 2008-09 season. Bailey, who was selected ninth overall this past June, has played in nine games and has recorded five points—all assists. Bailey, who signed a three-year contract with the Islanders on his 19th birthday on October 2nd, will play in his 10th game tonight versus the Ottawa Senators at the Nassau Coliseum.

"My goal ever since I was drafted was to make the team out of training camp and to stay with the Islanders for the entire season," said Bailey. "I would like to thank (Islanders General Manager) Garth Snow and (Islanders Head Coach) Scott Gordon for the opportunity to play for the Islanders. I would also like to thank the entire Windsor Spitfires organization because I would not be where I am today without their help. I look forward to making Long Island my home."

Snow said he is very pleased with Bailey’s progression so far this season.

"In a short time, Josh has met and exceeded all of our expectations of him both on and off the ice,” said Snow. “We look forward to watching him continue his development this season as an Islander."

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