GALLERY: 8TH ANNUAL LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Before the New York Islanders move into Northwell Health Ice Center, a group of international hockey players broke it in for them.
Teams from China, Japan and Long Island competed in the New York Islanders’ eighth annual Lighthouse International Tournament last week – an annual event promoting international hockey and good sportsmanship.
The Nikko Ice Bucks – of Japan – defended their title, winning the tournament for a second straight season. The Ice Bucks finished the round-robin tournament with six wins and fans were treated to the return of Aito Iguchi, the highly-skilled Japanese player whose moves went viral on Youtube last year.
The teams were also guests of honor at a pair of Islanders home games, standing with the Isles on the blueline during anthems, before cheering on the blue and orange from the stands. No trip to New York would be complete without sightseeing, as the international teams took a trip to the Statue of Liberty and went to Top of the Rock.
There were lots of on-ice and off-ice highlights, but as an added treat, the teams played a series of Winter Classic-style outdoor games at Northwell’s outdoor rink, an experience not readily available in China and Japan.
All-in-all, the eighth annual Lighthouse International Tournament was a success. Click here for pictures.