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Farewell to Moncton

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Photo by Rich Stieglitz
For the second year in a row, the Islanders traveled north to Moncton, New Brunswick, with two goals in mind—to prepare physically and mentally for the upcoming season, and for the players to get to bond off of the ice. Over the next six-plus months, they will—in essence—become like brothers, each sharing a common goal––to hoist the Stanley Cup.


Much has been talked over the past week about Scott Gordon's "Overspeed" system, and the team rallying behind it, but the second objective of becoming closer as a team has also been accomplished.

"I know many of the guys prefer to be at home so they're close to their families, but as someone who is new to the team, I find coming up here great," said Doug Weight. "This is only my fourth Training Camp away from our team's hometown and it's really given me an opportunity to meet everyone. I think I've gone to dinner with almost everyone on the team."

One of the players he and Bill Guerin went to dinner with was Jeff Tambellini, who claims he was "kidnapped" by the two veterans, yet thoroughly enjoyed his meal with them.

"Doug has been great," said Tambellini. "We're excited to have him here. I didn't realize how great he was going to be, but he's really going to help us out on the ice and in the locker room."

Playing a large role in the team gelling off of the ice has been the people of Moncton. Between driving the players and staff between the hotel and the Tim Horton's 4 Ice Centre, to accommodating the equipment and training staff, the entire Moncton community has stepped up with an extremely high level of hospitality. They have been there to help with just about everything, no matter how small or big the task.

"All of the guys knew what to expect this year," said Blake Comeau. "It's a great facility here. The hospitality since we've been here has been awesome. Everyone around the community has been great. I speak for a lot of the guys when I say we're really enjoying ourselves."

But the benefits of traveling for Training Camp work in multiple ways. While the players get a chance to interact with each other off of the ice more than if they were at home, the team is also showcasing itself to a new market.

"It's good to go out and get to new places and have some exposure for the organization," said Comeau, "and give some NHL hockey to people out in Moncton, who wouldn't get the chance normally. It's good to be out here playing in front of the fans and see all of the kids around. It's great."

The players and staff alike have fed off of the energy from the crowds at the Moncton Coliseum and 4 Ice Centre and are appreciative of their experience as they head back to Long Island for the grind of an NHL season.

"Being away for Training Camp makes it a good time to bond," said Sean Bergenheim.

"Going away, you get a chance to get into the team spirit and be with the guys, which is important."



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More from Moncton:

- Click here for Moncton Memos - Day 7
- FLYERS 4, ISLANDERS 0
- ROOKIES STAY PERFECT
- Doug "The Disher" Weight
- Click here for Moncton Memos:  Day 5
- ISLANDERS 2, BOSTON 1, OT
- MEET MARK STREIT
- Sarnia Connection Stings Blue Eagles
- Click here for Moncton Memos: Day 3
- "OVERSPEED"
- Click here for Moncton Memos: Day 2
- Click here for Moncton Memos: Day 1
- GORDON SETS THE TONE
- Players Arrive in Moncton
- Training Camp Primer, Part 1:  Defensemen and Goalies
- Training Camp Primer, Part 2:  Forwards

- Click here for Bridgeport Sound Tigers coverage


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