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Isles Celebrate Girls and Women in Sports

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

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On Tuesday night, the Islanders hosted Girls and Women in Sports Night at the Nassau Coliseum. As part of the evening's festivities, girls and women from all across Long Island helped in the celebration.

A group of female hockey players from the Island Waves and Suffolk PAL were part of the flag presentation prior to the start of the game. While the Island Waves and Suffolk PAL members were holding the flag, the National Anthem was played by Nassau Coliseum organist Paul Cartier and accompanied by American Sign Language students from Massapequa High School.

The ceremonial puck was dropped by Debbie Capozzi from Bayport, who was a member of the United States sailing team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Fans were then wowed during the first intermission by the Freeport Synchronized Skating Team, which performed a beautiful routine to a variety of songs including Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.”

The Modells Amateur Hockey Award winner Debbie Spidle
The second intermission was highlighted by Mites on Ice participants from the Lady Islanders of Island Waves and Suffolk PAL.

And a congratulations goes out to the 19-and-older Long Island Women’s Division and the 18-and-under Women’s Scholastic Division on winning Gold Medals at the 2008 Empire State Games.

Tonight’s Modell’s Amateur Hockey Award winner was Debbie Spidle, who has been the coordinator for housing at PAL junior hockey players for the past 12 years.

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