The Islanders Community Events (I.C.E.) Tour was welcomed at the The Rinx in Hauppauge on Saturday, July 19th and Cantiague Park in Hicksville on Sunday, July 20th for a weekend full of Islanders fun! This summer, the I.C.E. Tour, along with special Islanders guests, will be making stops at Long Island’s ice hockey rinks to reach out to each of the local hockey communities. These events will surely fuel the anticipation of an exciting season that will include respective rink events at the Nassau Coliseum.
For the first weekend, Bruno Gervais, Eric Cairns, Islanders assistant coach John Chabot, and Bridgeport Sound Tigers assistant coach Pat Bingham were on the ice with more than one hundred kids, providing them with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn hockey from professional players and coaches. Every youngster also received a Bruno Gervais autograph and countless memories … free of charge.
"What an exciting weekend," said Gervais. "It was great to be able to skate with the kids and help them develop their hockey skills. We are looking to grow the game of ice hockey on Long Island and I am happy to be a part of these events."
Parents and families members were also able to skate on the ice with the pros during a free open skate for the whole family.
Outside the rinks, the I.C.E. Tour inflatables were in full force, while Sparky and the Ice Girls gave tours of the Islanders RV, played on the Xbox 360 and helped with the barbequing outside.
Islanders Rink Days will be touring rinks throughout Long Island over the upcoming weeks. Participation is completely free and is open to kids of all ages, whether they have hockey experience or not. Full hockey equipment is required for the hockey clinics. Everyone is welcome for the open skate sessions. UPCOMING RINK DAY EVENTS:
Islanders Iceworks, Syosset
with guest coaches Garth Snow, John Chabot, Pat BinghamSaturday, July 26th, 11:00am – 3:00pm
11:00am – 12:00pm, Open Skate
12:00pm – 1:00pm, 8 and Under
1:00pm – 2:00pm, 9-12yrs old
2:00pm – 3:00pm, 13 and over Long Beach Arena, Long Beach
with guest coach Chris CampoliTuesday, July 29th,1:30pm - 5:00pm
1:45pm - 2:15pm, Open Skate
2:15pm - 2:45pm, 8 and under
2:45pm - 3:15pm, 9-12 yrs old
3:15pm - 3:45pm, 13 and over Newbridge Arena, Bellmore
with guest coaches Chris Campoli, Joey MacDonald, Pat BinghamSunday, August 3rd, 11:00am - 3:00pm
1:30pm – 2:00pm, 8 and under
2:00pm - 2:30pm, 9-12 yrs old
2:30pm – 3:00pm, 13 and over
*Rink Day time/date are subject to change