By John Hill and Jason Lockhart
Just hours before ringing in the New Year, as their on-ice heroes were defeating the Florida Panthers, Islanders fans were visited by a different kind of heroes Wednesday Afternoon at Nassau Coliseum. During the Islanders contest with the Florida Panthers, it was Marvel Comics Heroes Day, and fans were treated to visits by superheroes such as: Spiderman, Wolverine, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.
Before the game, the five superheroes greeted fans entering the Coliseum and posed for photos on the concourse. Young fan Amy Christianson was eager to pose for pictures with Spiderman and Wolverine.
"My favorite superhero is Spiderman," Amy said, as she gestured to the hero to her left. "I like how nimble Spiderman is, and that he can jump from place to place."
After warm-ups, the superheroes were also given a special introduction to fans. Each came out to a chorus of cheers, as recent movie star Iron Man received perhaps the loudest chorus of applause. After the heroes’ entrances, the Islanders very own superhero—Sparky—also made an appearance, donning a cape for good measure.
It was a great show for the fans, who were treated to an exciting game, which had its own superheroes.
"Joey McDonald reminds me the most of a superhero," Amy said. "The goalie blocks everything and has the best quickness." PAJAMAS APLENTY
The Islanders hosted a Pajama Drive at the Coliseum on Wednesday to help those in need during the season’s coldest months.
Islanders fans donated nearly 200 sets of pajamas that will be given to the Education & Assistance Corporation's children's programs. The EAC is a leading human service, not-for-profit agency that administers 72 programs throughout Long Island and in New York City. IBC HOSTS PRE-GAME EVENT
The Islanders Business Club continues to provide first-class functions for its members prior to the start of Islanders games. On New Year’s Eve, before the Islanders-Florida Panthers contest at the Coliseum, the IBC hosted a networking event at the Expo Hall.
"The receptions before the games are excellent," said Phillip Grassia of Optimum Lightpath, an IBC presenting sponsor. "Business owners are here, we’re talking to them and getting our name out there. It helps grow our business by working with them."
Businesses use their membership with the IBC to not only promote their services, but also to give clients an opportunity to see an Islanders game.
"Our clients have really enjoyed coming to games," said James Romanelli of Chubb. "A lot of them haven’t been to a hockey game in a long time, so we’re trying to get them back out and involved in the Islanders family. And a lot of folks are busy with life and kids, and don’t get out as much as they’d like. We’re trying to get them out to have some fun and do some networking at these events."