The Islanders Community Events (I.C.E.) Tour was welcomed at the The Rinx in Hauppauge and Cantiague Park in Hicksville for a weekend full of Islanders Rink Days. While the weather is hot out, the I.C.E. Tour, along with special guests, will be making stops at Long Island rinks in anticipation of Rink Days at the Nassau Coliseum during the 2008-09 season.
This past weekend, Bruno Gervais was in town, as well as Eric Cairns, Islanders assistant coach John Chabot and Bridgeport Sound Tigers assistant coach Pat Bingham. The four were at the Rinx and Cantiague helping aspiring hockey players with on-ice drills.
"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."
A few hundred kids made it out to the Rinx on Saturday and Cantiague on Sunday. Along with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to skate with the pros, every kid received a Bruno Gervais autograph and countless memories.
The I.C.E. Tour inflatables were up for some off-ice fun, while Sparky and the Ice Girls gave tours of the Islanders RV and helped with the barbequing outside.
Once the season starts, the Nassau Coliseum will play host to special nights honoring Long Island rinks.
We hope to see you at the Coliseum this fall!