While the Islanders were battling the Penguins right to the end on Monday afternoon, a sellout crowd of 16,234 packed the Coliseum for Kids’ Day Too, presented by Send In The Clowns Entertainment, Corp.
As part of Kids’ Day Too, mascots from around the NHL and Long Island stopped by to pay a visit, and help Sparky entertain the fans. The mascots who made the journey were Columbus Blue Jackets Stinger, Chicago Blackhawks Tommy Hawk, Boston Bruins Blades, Bridgeport Sound Tigers Storm, New York Titans, Stony Brook University’s Wolfie, Long Island Ducks Quackerjack and Hofstra University’s Kate & Willie.
Prior to the game, the mascots were seen roaming the Coliseum concourse before being introduced on-ice and taking part in the flag ceremony.
The main attraction took place during the second intermission. Traveling all the way from Washington, D.C., the participants of the “Washington Nationals Presidents Race”—George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt—competed on the Coliseum ice for the first time ever.
A close race saw Washington take first place, followed closely behind by Roosevelt. Early in the race Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt took part in a three-man scuffle that saw Roosevelt and Lincoln drop the gloves. Washington stayed focused and played no part in the mayhem.
Later Monday, ESPN featured the race as the No. 2 sports highlight of the day on Sportscenter.
“The Presidents Race was exciting. I liked it when they checked each other into the boards,” said Duncan from Seaford, who was at the game with his daughters Brooke and Ashley. “Personally, I was rooting for Abe because his head was extra large. George played it smart and just got out of there. That’s why he’s on the dollar bill.”
The first 5,000 kids 14-and-under in attendance went home with an Islanders backpack, courtesy of Davis Vision.
Many of the sold out fans attended the game by purchasing a Family Fun Pack, which included four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, four Islanders hats and other great benefits.
“We bought three family fun packs,” said Patricia Lambart from Shelton, Conn. “I’m a big hockey fan and a few families came today. It’s a great deal and the kids had off from school today. We go to Sound Tigers games, so this was a chance to see the Islanders.”
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