The New York Islanders are honoring the men and women in uniform by hosting a military appreciation night on May 6 against the New Jersey Devils.
More than 200 military members and their families have been invited to the game through ticket donations. The team is also raising money and awareness for various military-related charities and organizations.
Fundraisers: Mystery Pucks
Limited edition military themed autographed pucks are back! Fans can purchase a mystery puck here: (newyorkislanders.com/militarypuck) for $45. All pucks are autographed by a 2020-21 New York Islanders player who is currently on the extended roster. Who will you get?! All pucks are individually wrapped with autographs concealed. Price includes shipping & handling fees. Item(s) ship 5-7 business days after purchase to billing address provided.
A limited number of pucks available. Proceeds benefit the Islanders Children's Foundation and its military related initiatives.
To participate in this fundraiser and future fundraisers, a Handbid account must be created. Limit 5 pucks per person.
I Salute Placards
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.
The Islanders have invited Chief Warrant Officer II Robert Taylor to participate in Thursday's virtual puck drop. CW2 Taylor enlisted in the Unites States Marine Corps in 1995 and joined the New York Army National Guard after four years of active duty. He has deployed to Afghanistan twice, Kosovo, and the Ukraine.
CW2 Taylor has been serving active-duty orders in response to Covid-19 since March 2020 including: Officer In Charge (OIC) at the state emergency call center, OIC for food distribution in Albany County to those in quarantine status, OIC for making and distributing Covid-19 test kits to every nursing home in the state, and OIC of the Syracuse airport contact tracing for arriving passengers. He is currently on assignment at the vaccine distribution site at the NYS Fairgrounds.
HWAH Charity of the Game: Tuesday's Children
The night's Hockey With a Heart Charity of the Game is Tuesday's Children. Tuesday's Children's Military Initiative guides Families of the Fallen beyond grief into next steps toward a lifetime of healing. Their work fills the gap in available long-term healing programs for U.S. Military Families of the Fallen. Of nearly 44,000 military-serving nonprofits, less than 1% serve Gold Star families, and even fewer provide long-term support.
To learn more and support Tuesday's Children visit: www.tuesdayschildren.org/support/
Upcoming Initiatives: Operation Shower Baby Shower
In celebration of Memorial Day, the Islanders are teaming up with Operation Shower to host a drive-in baby shower later this month. Twenty-five deserving military moms will get an exclusive invite to an Islanders themed baby shower to welcome the newest little Islanders fans. With music, lunch, and gifts, its sure to be a fun time!
Past Initiatives: Military Swearing In @ UBS Arena
This past November, 30 young men and women recited the Oath of Enlistment to become US Marines at UBS Arena. Enlistees were also able to tour the arena construction site after the ceremony.
Video: Marines Sworn in at UBS Arena
Read more about the day here.