The Islanders' Home Opener on Saturday night started off long before the drop of the puck. Inside the Expo Hall of the Nassau Coliseum, Islanders Business Club
members were treated to an evening of networking and special guests.
Among the special guests were Entourage star Kevin Connolly, Islanders GM Garth Snow, St. Louis Blues President/GM John Davidson, Bryan Trottier and Bobby Nystrom.
"It was a treat to meet Kevin Connolly and Bryan Trottier," said Matthew Lobman, President of Adcraft. "I have a son who plays hockey in Ontario, so I got some great hints from Trottier for my son. Also, I have another son into acting, so I got some pointers from Kevin about acting. This was a great opportunity to network."
IBC Executive Director Mike Bossy introduced Billy Jaffe to the crowd, who moderated a brief talk between Snow and Davidson––both former netminders. Snow discussed topics ranging from his reasons behind selecting Scott Gordon as the Islanders head coach to his thoughts on Davidson.
"I have a great relationship with JD," said Snow. "He was a great commentator and an even better GM and president."
Davidson returned the compliments and spoke of his days playing in goal during the 1970s against the Islanders.
"On the ice, the Islanders and Rangers didn't like each other at all," said Davidson, played for the Rangers and was later a TV analyst for the team, "but off of the ice, we had great respect for one another. I remember Mike Bossy coming down the wing and thinking, 'here he comes,' and then there the puck went, right by me. I miss the New York area and it's nice to be back."
Following the discussion, the networking continued right up until game time, when Connolly went from mingling with the IBC members to dropping the ceremonial first puck.
"I've been a member for just two weeks," said John Fleischman, President of Original Design Construction Corp. "I was here last Wednesday, and decided to join because it's a great opportunity to network."
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