Chris Campoli, one of the Islanders' top young defensemen, will have shoulder surgery on Thursday and will be out for the remainder of the 2007-08 season
Defenseman Chris Campoli will have shoulder surgery on Thursday and will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2007-08 NHL season.
The 23-year old defenseman will have his surgery performed at the Cleveland Clinic by Dr. Anthony Miniaci, the head team physician of the Cleveland Browns. Dr. Maniaci was a prime consultant for the National Hockey League Players Association for many years and continues to evaluate and operate on many NHL players at the Cleveland Clinic.
The 6-0, 200-pound Campoli played 46 games for the Islanders this season, his third with the team after being selected in the seventh round of the 2004 NHL Draft. He had 4 goals and 14 assists for 18 points this season. In 177 NHL games, the Ontario native is 14-52-66.
"It's a tough break for Chris. He's been such a good player and he's shown a lot of heart this season while battling the injury," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. "The good news is that he will be under the best medical care and he has so many good years ahead of him. With Chris out, an opportunity opens up for someone to take advantage of. Thankfully, we had depth at the start of the season with at least 9 quality NHL defensemen. You can never have enough of them."
Earlier today, defenseman Freddy Meyer was signed to a two-year contract extension through 2009-2010.
MEET THE COACH
An IBC and NYI365 special event featuring a Chalk Talk from Ted Nolan and his staff
The Islanders Business Club and NYI365 have brought their members closer to the team than ever before.
That trend will continue on Wednesday, January 30, when the Islanders invite IBC members and NYI365 season ticketholders to an intimate sit-down with Islanders head coach Ted Nolan at Doolin's Pub from 9:15-10:30 am.
While enjoying a special breakfast in Doolin's, located in the lower lobby of the Nassau Coliseum, guests will have the opportunity to listen to Ted, as well as assistant coaches Gerard Gallant and John Chabot, talk about the state of the Islanders and what to expect as the Islanders make a final playoff push. Those in attendance will also be given the opportunity to ask the coaches questions at the conclusion of the talk.
But the event doesn't end there. Following the talk, guests are invited to enter the arena and watch the Islanders practice, which begins at noon. Every member at the event will also receive a Ted Nolan photo.
To purchase a $25 ticket to this event, please e-mail Catie Bennett at Catie.Bennett@newyorkislanders.com
. Space is limited to the first 125 people, so order your tickets today to ensure a spot at this exclusive event.
Check out the Islanders Business Club's website at www.islandersbusinessclub.com Search "Business" in the Islanders TV console to see video from past Islanders Business Club events.