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Islanders Host Military Appreciation Night Presented by Ford

Islanders to honor military members during game on Jan. 21 vs Coyotes

by New York Islanders Community Relations @NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders are hosting Military Appreciation Night presented by Ford on Friday, January 21st against the Arizona Coyotes. More than 150 military members and their families have been invited to the game through ticket donations from the Islanders team and Ford.

Friday's game will also feature a ceremonial puck drop, military hat giveaway, and other activations that you can read more about below. Fans are also encouraged to submit photos of military family members for the chance to be showcased in-arena that night.
All submissions can be sent to communityrelations@newyorkislanders.com.


Hat Giveaway presented by Ford

The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Military Appreciation Hat presented by Ford.


Ceremonial Puck Drop & Military Vehicle Plaza Activation

Fans in attendance will not want to miss the ceremonial puck drop! Look to the rafters as soldiers from the New York Army National Guard Alpha Company Recruiting and Retention Battalion rappel with the nation's colors to deliver the night's puck to center ice.

Check out the NY National Guard's Humvees and military vehicles on the Plaza under the big board before the game. 


Flag Captain of the Game

The night's honorary Flag Captain is Michael Zervos. Staff Sergeant Zervos has a combined 17 years of service in the US Army & Army National Guard with deployments to Iraq & Afghanistan. He is a member of the Long Island Warriors Team, a non-profit, volunteer-run program that aims to provide a team of support on and off the ice for military service members on Long Island.

Video: Isles Warrior Hockey Team

Learn more about the Long Island Warriors at www.liwarriorshockey.org/


I Salute Placards

Fans will have the opportunity to honor those who served filling out an "I Salute" placard and holding them up during a TV timeout. 

Salute a service member at home! Fans can print off an "I Salute" placard and post to social media to show their support for a veteran, fallen service member, or active military member. Show your support today. 


Fundraisers: Mystery Pucks

Limited edition military themed autographed pucks are back! Fans can purchase a mystery puck at the Community Table behind section 108 on the concourse for $45. All pucks are autographed by a 2021-22 New York Islanders player. Who will you get?! All pucks are individually wrapped with autographs concealed. Limited inventory available. Proceeds benefit the Islanders Children's Foundation and its military related initiatives. 


Fundraisers: Military Jersey Auction

The Islanders will wear military inspired jerseys in warmups. Score your favorite player's Military jersey today. Jerseys are warm-up worn and autographed by corresponding player*. Bid now through 1/29 at newyorkislanders.com/jerseyauction. Proceeds benefit the Islanders Children's Foundation.

*Jerseys are warm-up issued during 1/21 game.


Hockey with a Heart Charities: USO & United Heroes League

The night's Hockey With a Heart Charity of the Game features two military related causes. Show your support by purchasing a 50/50 raffle ticket on the concourse as both charities are beneficiaries for the night.  

The first is USO, an organization that strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. To learn more visit: www.uso.org.

The second is United Heroes League, an organization dedicated to ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in sports from donating equipment, to subsidizing association fees, and providing special ticketing experiences. To learn more visit: unitedheroesleague.org.


Built Ford Tough Military Tribute

Ford, the New York Islanders, and the Islanders Children's Foundation are proud to honor service members, veterans, and their families. 

Together, we are looking for nominations of veterans in the community deserving of the Built Ford Tough Military Tribute. Please fill out the nomination form below and tell us how your nominee has served their country and community. At the end of the 2021-22 regular season, one lucky nominee will be selected, and they will receive a brand new Ford vehicle.

Nominate a hero here.


Past Initiatives:

This past Veteran's Day, 11 veterans helped to unveil the Chair of Honor, an unoccupied chair honoring those who are Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). It's a saved seat to symbolize there will always be a place for them at UBS Arena, awaiting a safe return.

Read more about the day here.

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