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'Hockey With a Heart' Gets Underway

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Mike Comrie presented United Way of Long Island President & CEO Christopher M. Hahn with a check for $20,000
Over the next two months, the Islanders are playing "Hockey With a Heart." At seven select games in November and December, seven different charities will be highlighted, and a portion of the proceeds from that night's ticket sales will go directly to the organization. The Islanders officially kicked off their "Hockey with a Heart" campaign on Saturday night by teaming up with the United Way of Long Island.

Prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Comrie presented United Way of Long Island President & CEO Christopher M. Hahn with a check for $20,000. The money will go directly to United Way's Project Warmth Fuel Fund.
“United Way of Long Island is extremely grateful for the outstanding efforts of the New York Islanders,” said Hahn. “Through their Hockey with a Heart program, United Way's Project Warmth Emergency Fuel Fund will be able to keep more Long Islanders warm through difficult winter months. Long Island is fortunate to have the New York Islanders who have consistently given so much to so many in need.”
United Way's Project Warmth Fuel Fund provides grants to oil and utility companies on behalf of residents facing heating emergencies, so they don't have to choose between heating their homes or feeding their families. Project Warmth also helps connect families to local resources to assist with budget/debt counseling, supplemental food programs or job training services.
“It is with great pride that we can partner with an organization of such stature as the United Way,” said Islanders President Chris Dey. “We are fully committed to working with and supporting communities throughout Long Island and what better way than through the channels of The United Way of Long Island.”
"Hockey With a Heart" continues next Saturday with Autism Speaks Night––presented by Bank of America––at the Nassau Coliseum when the Islanders host Ottawa Senators.
Click here to purchase tickets to Autism Speaks Night.

Joey MacDonald visited the North Bellmore Firehouse
As a lead-up to Firefighter Night at the Nassau Coliseum on November 17th, when the Islanders meet the Vancouver Canucks, goaltender Joey MacDonald visited the North Bellmore Firehouse on Friday.
Following in Chris Campoli and Bruno Gervais' footsteps from last season, MacDonald had the rare opportunity to experience the day-in-the-life of a real fireman on Long Island.
MacDonald met with the North Bellmore Rescue Team, taking part in a couple of rescue drills. For the first, he was raised three stories to the top of a building to participate in a mid-air rescue. Strapped to a harness, MacDonald was lowered from the building top to save a window-washing dummy. After securing the figure, MacDonald was lowered the rest of the way down.
The day concluded with an exciting rescue from a sealed car. Unable to get the door open through conventional methods, MacDonald and the rescue workers had to pry the car apart with a jaws of life.
"This was a really unique experience for me," said MacDonald. "You really get an appreciation for what firemen and rescue workers do, especially the ones on Long Island, where many volunteer."
Josh Bailey at Dave & Buster's
While the Islanders were taking on the Atlanta Thrashers, Thursday night at the Phillips Arena, Islanders 2008 first-round draft pick Josh Bailey was at Dave & Buster's in Westbury with fans, signing autographs and supporting his team at the official Islanders Viewing Party. Sparky and the Ice Breakers were also on hand.
“It was great to come down tonight and watch the game and meet with some of the fans,” said Bailey. 
Watch an IslandersTV video to find out more about Autism Speaks Night.


November 8, 2008 marks the Islanders' 37th birthday. It was on that day in 1971 that the National Hockey League granted the New York Islanders a franchise. At the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft, among the players Islanders GM Bill Torrey selected were Billy Harris (1st round), Lorne Henning (2nd) and Bobby Nystrom (3rd). All three were instrumental in building the Islanders into a Dynasty.
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