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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Hi Mr. Milbury...

On behalf of the Cumberland Devils Atom B hockey team and all family members, I would like to thank you for providing us the opportunity to host the team from Qiqihar.  I know that you have put in long hours setting this up and we wanted to recognize you for it.  You, Mr Wang and the Islanders organization made a dream come true for these boys from Qiqihar.  Our families and team were lucky enough to share in this dream.

All apprehension and cultural concerns were erased the moment we took our children home.  Every family adapted immediately and the testament to a successful endeavor was directly reflected in the tears that flowed when the boys left for New York.  This incredible cultural and sporting experience came to be because of your hard work and Mr. Wang's support.  Also, the Islanders representatives who accompanied the teams to Ottawa were all fantastic and made our hosting experience much easier.

Thank you for this chance.  Thank you for giving these boys this chance.  Thank you for treating our families to a wonderful experience.

Ian Lobban
Cumberland Devils

p.s. If possible, please ensure that Mr. Wang and all the members of your organization are made aware of our appreciation and thanks.  Special thanks to Laurene Gros-Daillon, Jacob Sung, Kerry Gwydir and especially to May Zhou.  May will definitely be hearing from us.... 

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