Karly McKenna on Facebook:
What goals do you have for yourselves as an Islander?
Skate fast alongside Grabner?de Haan:
Yeah, hopefully I can be as fast as him one day. But you know I’ll try and keep up with him for now.Ness:
Yeah absolutely. He’s obviously a lot faster than I am, but hopefully one day I’ll be able to skate with him.Romano:
He’s a great player and there’s a lot of great guys on that team that you want to be playing with.@bigj2377
How eager are you all to show the team how you improved at rookie camp this year? Romano
: Very eager because as the year progressed I got better and better in Bridgeport this year and I just hope I can build off that and take it into training camp.Ness
: I can’t wait. It’s an exciting time to get out there with some of the guys and compete with them, and to earn a spot is pretty fun and pretty exciting.Donovan
: Pretty eager. I think I’ve improved a lot, and I’m ready to get out there and show them what I improved on. de Haan
: I’m looking forward to competing for a spot because I’m just like the other guys that I’m here with. I didn’t play in rookie camp last year because of my shoulder so I’ve got a lot to prove this summer.Koskinen
: Yeah I’m really excited to come back here in September to show my improvement.@desertedisle
Can you ask all the guys: What do you do to take your mind OFF hockey while trying to unwind during the off-season. #isles de Haan:
Well there’s a lot to do in the summer so I go golfing, I go fishing and stuff with buddies back home. And I just like to relax over the summer. Donovan:
First couple months of summer I just stay away from the rink. Try not to skate as much as I can, and then play a lot of golf. Ness:
Just try to see my family and stuff as much as possible. During the season it’s tough to see them with the busy schedule. I like to golf too and just kind of stay away from the rink for a while and just relax.Romano
: I go out East and go to the beaches. Go fishing, play a lot of golf. I try not to skate that much either, probably not until July or August.Koskinen:
Just relaxing with my friends… I like Tennis and golf. Although I can’t play this summer because I had surgery on my wrist so I have to do something else.@HayleeOnIce
Ask Romano about his time with Bridgeport last year. Did he need to step into a leadership role and what was that like? #Isles Romano:
Yeah eventually. I started out with a lot less of a role in the beginning of the season, as injuries happened a lot of guys came in and out of the team. A lot of us younger guys needed to step up and take leadership roles. As the season progressed I got better and better.
Will you ask Ness about the big college rivalries in Minnesota? Playing for the Golden Gophers must have been cool.Ness:
We have quite a few rivalries. North Dakota is probably the biggest one, obviously we hate Denver too. Donavan’s on that team…
(Donovan interjects) Yeah we beat them a lot…Ness:
It was always a battle with them, they had a good year. They were still pretty lucky beating us a couple of times. North Dakota is probably the number one rival for us, it always has been even before I got there. So they’re always a fun team to play and we always had a lot of good battles.
Will you ask Donovan about growing up in Oklahoma & the sport environment? I imagine, hockey must not draw the crowds. Donovan:
Obviously there’s not a lot of hockey in Oklahoma, but my dad ran a rink in Oklahoma so I was a rink-rat. I was always at the rink and that’s kind of how I got into it.
You could ask Ness and Donovan about their decision to leave college?Donovan:
It’s a pretty tough decision. I think you talk to the people around you and the support group that you have—your agents, your family and at the end you just make a decision that feels right. Ness:
I just felt it was time for me. I was in a development stage. I felt like I was ready to make the jump and bring myself to another level and push myself. It was tough obviously, to leave school a year early like that, but I think it was worth it.@Isleofmyown
Romano is from Smithtown, right? Ask him what it's like to be home?!Romano:
It’s great. A lot of guys have to go home in the off-season and when the season starts they’re gone for six-seven months, but I’m either in Bridgeport or I’m here and I can’t really complain.
I'd like to ask Mikko what it was like playing in the crazy Feb. 11 game against the #pens. What did he think?Koskinen:
It was definitely something different than I’m used to being in. But it was a fun experience. I think everybody liked that.@tbone31592
For Calvin de Hann: Do you expect to adjust to the NHL as fast as Travis did this year when your time comes? de Haan:
Well hopefully that’s a goal obviously, but some guys take more time than others. I want to make an impact as soon as I can though.@katiescee
to calvin de haan
: Who are you most excited to play with?de Haan:
Well with Mikko. I’ve played with most of the guys on the back-end, but I think it would be pretty cool to run a power play with Mart Streit. Or play five-on-five with Travis because we played World Juniors together. Obviously me and JT played together. I know Travis from multiple camps now. I know most of the guys pretty well now.