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In honor of First Responders Night, Isles Legends Clark Gillies and Butch Goring toured Northwell Health's Center for Emergency Medical Services.


In any high-pressure situation fueled by passion, adrenaline and intensity, communication is key for efficiency and results. That goes for pro hockey players, or lifesaving first responders.

The former Isles teammates and Stanley Cup champions kicked off their day at Northwell Health's EMS facilities by visiting the Communication Center. Inside the communication hub, Gillies and Goring witnessed the process, in real-time, of how 911 operators' field incoming calls across New York City and Long Island.


After learning about how first responders handle incoming emergencies, Gillies and Goring went on-site to witness firsthand the technology and protocols that paramedics like Jocquelyn Homola undergo when responding to an incoming call.

Much like the preparation leading up to puck-drop, Homola explained the intricate equipment and storage that is readily available within an EMS vehicle, so when her and her partner are called to a scene, they are best equipped for whatever they may encounter.  


Gillies and Goring wrapped up the afternoon putting their knowledge to the test with a hands-on friendly competition of practicing CPR on a high-tech simulation mannequins. Even for two former NHLers, the hands-on task was no easy feat, as they completed two-minutes of steady, chest compressions.

While the simulation was a light-hearted way to conclude an informational visit, it ultimately showcased the importance of the intricate procedures that paramedics must complete so when in the midst of dire situations, they can execute to the best of their abilities.