For the third consecutive year, Islanders players made special trips to the owners of Nassau Coliseum suites for the upcoming season. On Monday afternoon, each player delivered suite tickets—in gift bags filled with Islanders souvenirs—to companies to show the team's appreciation for their support.
Bruno Gervais was greeted at Farrell Fritz law firm in RexCorp Plaza by more than two dozen loyal employees, who took a mid-day respite to meet the Islanders defenseman.
"I enjoy doing this every year," said Gervais. "This is our opportunity to meet some of our biggest supporters in person. When we're at the rink they don't get to meet us and we don't get to meet them. This is our chance to actually talk to people and see who is coming out to our games. This is also an opportunity to turn things around and see where they work."
Gervais spoke with many of the employees as he signed hats and autographed cards. He noted that since he was visiting a law firm, he'll know where to go if he gets in any trouble.
"It's exhilarating to have Bruno here," said Farrell Fritz Marketing Coordinator Kristin Filippi. "It's great to see how humble the players. Meeting him you realize they're people just like everyone else. It's awesome that the Islanders do this."
Meanwhile, east of Gervais in Woodbury was Captain Bill Guerin and Andy Hilbert, who stopped by Sterling & Sterling.
"I think it's really important that we bring the tickets to our sponsors in person," said Guerin. "It's really the least we can do, since they support us so much and are a big reason we all get to play the sport we love." Below is the list of players and where they delivered tickets. Rick DiPietro and Jeff Tambellini
– Cablevision in BethpageBill Guerin and Andy Hilbert
– Sterling & Sterling in WoodburyBruno Gervais
– Farrell Fritz in UniondaleBlake Comeau
– OSI in MelvilleRadek Martinek and Joey MacDonald
– Parts Authority in Queens Village
Doug Weight and Freddy Meyer
– North Shore LIJ in Great NeckMark Streit and Trent Hunter
– Newsday in MelvilleBrendan Witt
– RE/MAX in Garden CityRichard Park
– PHS Group in SyossetJon Sim
– Professional PT in Garden CityMike Comrie
– Ranieri and Co. in UniondaleSean Bergenheim and Kyle Okposo
– RexCorp in UniondaleMike Sillinger and Frans Nielsen
– Tuscan Dairy in Jamaica Click here
to watch IslandersTV video of Rick DiPietro
and Jeff Tambellini delivering suite tickets to CablevisionClick here
to watch IslandersTV video of Bill Guerin and Andy Hilbert delivering suite tickets to Sterling & Sterling