|Garth Snow, Bryan Trottier, Ken Morrow, Gerry Hart, Anders Kallur, Eric Cairns and Steve Webb |
It was the perfect way to get things started at 2007 Training Camp up in Moncton, NB. Eight Islanders alumni joined Moncton residents and guests Friday for a morning of eating and story telling. The group of past Islanders included Bryan Trottier, Anders Kallur, Gerry Hart, Ken Morrow, Bob Bourne, Steve Webb, Eric Cairns and general manager Garth Snow.
Master of ceremonies and Training Camp coordinator Larry Haley graciously introduced the eight members of the Islanders family before Trottier spoke to the attentive crowd of over 50 people.
Trottier's speech was nothing less than legendary as the Islanders' all-time leading point scorer had the entire crowd laughing out loud. His anecdotes were simply classic, touching upon everyone in the room, even the younger alums Webb and Cairns.
He closed with a particular funny story involving Larry Robinson, who in one game pinned the helpless Trottier to the boards before letting him go and saying, "Here you go little guy." The delivery by Trottier was incredible and his message poignant.
"Hockey is more than just about the sport," said Trots. "It's also a great way to become close to people. Some of my best friends are the guys I played with on the Islanders. The teams we played on were special."
Two notable guests at the breakfast were John Strowbridge and Boyd Bond, a pair of friends who traveled from Newfoundland, over two hours away. They have never been to an Islanders game on Long Island, but became fans when the Islanders faced the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs during the 1970s. They hope to make their first trip to Long Island this year.