If Chris Campoli is sleeping right now, you can be sure that he has earned the rest. The Islanders defenseman made stop after stop last week with the I.C.E. Tour, visiting more than 1,000 young Islanders fans along the way.
At each stop, Campoli got the chance to speak with youngsters, demonstrate the finer points of the game, sign autographs, give out hundreds of sticks, and balls, and ensured the kids he met would have memories that they will cherish for a lifetime. All of the children also got the chance to play interactive games, and enjoy the Islanders inflatables.
"It was great to come back to Long Island and go out with the Islanders Summer I.C.E. Tour," Campoli said. "I attended events all over Long Island and met with many fans and I am sure we created a few new fans along the way. I enjoyed meeting everyone at all the events and I look forward to seeing everyone I visited at an upcoming Islanders game this season."
Campoli's week got started on Monday, July 28, when the Tour kicked off at Brookhaven Country Day Camp. There, he met with more than 400 campers aged 5 through 12, and played a little street hockey with the kids. The following day, Tuesday, July 29, it was on to the Lawrence Woodmere Academy Summer Program, where more than 250 children met Chris and enjoyed playing with some brand new hockey equipment as part of the "Goal in every driveway" program. But the day was far from over, as it was on to Long Beach Arena for an Islanders Rink Day. More than 100 kids came out to take part in the festivities, which included a hockey clinic.
Wednesday was also a very busy day for Campoli and the I.C.E. Tour. In the morning, the Islanders RV visited Commack's Hoyt Farm Park Preserve and the Smithtown Summer Recreation Program. There, Chris arrived to find capers lined up in Islanders shirts, hats, and jerseys. There was even a street hockey contest between a Campoli team and one led by Sparky the Dragon!
Later on in the day, the RV pulled into the lot of the Nassau Coliseum for the sixth ReMax Open House. After meeting with the kids—all of which received a free Islanders street hockey stick—everyone settled in to watch the hockey movie Miracle, which was played on the video board.
On Thursday, Chris started the day attending an Islanders Business Club
luncheon at Butera's Restaurant in Smithtown. Following the luncheon Chris made his way back into Nassau County for an autograph signing at the team store located in the Broadway Mall. More than 150 fans welcomed Chris as he approached the entrance to the team store.
On Friday, the Tour headed to Locust Valley to visit fans at the Friends Academy Summer Camp. There, Campoli signed autographs for more than 250 children and left behind 250 sticks for all the campers as well as a few goals and street hockey balls to help continue to grow hockey across Long Island.
After taking a rest on Saturday, Chris' week concluded in style as the Tour
stopped at Newbridge Arena in Bellmore for another successful Rink Day. With the sun shining bright outside, the action was hot inside for more than 100 kids who came down to get the experience of a lifetime, meeting not just with Campoli, but his teammate, Joey MacDonald.
To be sure, it was a week that will long be remembered by Chris—and the kids.
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