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LEADING THE WAY

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Trent Hunter has grown into one of the Islanders' most respected players – Islanders at Carolina, Today at 2:05 pm, TV: FSN NY, Radio: Bloomberg 1130

Trent Hunter
Quiet and unassuming, one might not peg Islanders right wing Trent Hunter as a prototypical leader, but with each passing year, he's gained more and more respect from the players and the coaching staff.

This year has been no exception.

With Brendan Witt – who returns today to the lineup along with Radek Martinek to face the Carolina Hurricanes – out of the lineup, head coach Ted Nolan did not hesitate to give Hunter the other "A" as one of the team's alternate captain positions, which is also owned by Mike Sillinger.

"Sometimes you look at guys who score 40 or 50 goals, but in Trent's case he probably stops 40 or 50 goals with his defensive play and responsibility," said Ted. "That's the kind of teammate he is."

Nolan went a step further when he continued to talk about the 2003-04 NHL All-Rookie Team member.

"Hunter is one of our leaders," said coach Nolan. "If Billy weren't here, maybe Trent would wear the "C." To me, he's a very valuable player."

That's high praise for the 27-year old, who is in his fourth full season with the Islanders.

"It was a great honor to have that chance to wear the 'A', but with Witter back, we'll be glad to have him on the ice and in the room,"
said Hunter. "When Witter was out, there were some big shoes to fill and I was just trying to fill in as best as I could on the ice and as a two-way forward."

This is Hunter's first time wearing the "A" in a regular season game in the NHL. He also wore it during pre-season games and while in Bridgeport with the Sound Tigers.

"I try to contribute as much as I can on the team, whether it's speaking up in the locker room or playing solid on the ice," said Hunter. "I'm not overly vocal, but sometimes things need to be said at certain times. I try to do that, but we have a lot of great leaders.
It's not just one or two guys, it's a bunch."


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GENERAL COLIN POWELL VISITS THE COLISEUM
Carolina at Islanders, Today at 2:05 pm: Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to host Fellows from the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at CCNY and take part in ceremonial opening faceoff on Martin Luther King Day

Colin Powell
General Colin Powell is coming to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum today to take part in the ceremonial opening faceoff when the Islanders host the Carolina Hurricanes at 2:05 pm.

At the Islanders game, General Powell is hosting Fellows from the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at The City College of New York. Named for the former U.S. Secretary of State – a CCNY graduate – the center is dedicated to helping inner city youngsters get the quality education they need to be America's next generation of leaders. For more on the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, visit http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/ci/cpowellcenter/index.cfm

Islanders fans will not want to miss this extraordinary occasion when the former U.S. Secretary of State joins Islanders owner Charles B.
Wang at center ice to drop the puck between Islanders captain Bill Guerin and Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour. General Powell's visit coincides with the culmination of the Lighthouse Tournament, featuring the youth teams from China on Long Island this week as part of Charles B. Wang Ice Hockey Project Hope.

We look forward to seeing you Monday at this special day in Islanders history.


LOUDVILLE IS OPEN!

High School and college students, this is your chance for $10 tickets to see Rick DiPietro and the Islanders take on the Carolina Hurricanes today. For Long Island students, there isn't a better deal in professional sports.


LOUDVILLE tickets go on sale 60 minutes before game time. There are a limited number of seats available per game, so arrive early to secure a seat. Remember to bring your Student ID! There is a limit of one $10 LOUDVILLE ticket per ID. Once you get to the LOUDVILLE section, do your part to help lead the crowd in giving the Islanders the best home-ice advantage in the NHL!


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