In the latest illustration of how the Islanders are one of the most accessible teams in major pro sports, Ted Nolan and his coaching staff provided fans this morning with an insider’s look at their preparation for this week’s games.
Over breakfast at Doolin’s Pub, Nolan, John Chabot and Dan Lacroix met with Islanders Business Club members and NYI365 season ticketholders. The fans received the level of insight they could rarely find elsewhere.
Ted and his assistants discussed the product they look to put on the ice each game and the systems which they play.
"We value the fact that fans choose to spend their time and money to watch our games," Nolan said to the guests. "And because of that, we want everyone leaving the rink each night feeling our team has given it their all. We strive for that each game."
Using videotape from last night's game against Ottawa, the three coaches went through each facet of the team's system. From defensive zone coverage to breakouts to the power play, no aspect was left out. Those in attendance saw and heard first-hand what the Islanders are trying to accomplish each game as they face NHL competition. The coaches analyzed what worked – and what didn’t.
A spirited question-and-answer session followed. Asked about the continued emergence of Richard Park as a prime-time player, Nolan explained when he realized the Islanders had something special. “There was a stretch last season when Richard wasn’t playing much,” said Nolan. “I felt Richard deserved an explanation. I approached him, but Richard told me, ‘Coach, it’s not an issue. Whether you give me one minute or 50, I’m going to give you everything I’ve got.’”
Nolan told NEWYORKISLANDERS.COM after the event why he and his staff will always make time for events like today’s breakfast/chalk talk.
"Our organization wants to be as transparent as humanly possible," said Ted. "We don't want to hide anything from them. If we can get the fans and our business partners a little closer to the team by explaining to them what we try to do on the ice, we’ve done our job."
Islanders Hall of Famer Mike Bossy, executive director of the Islanders Business Club, said today’s event is what the IBC is all about. “I was sitting there with some of our sponsors, watching Ted and his assistants break down videotape right in front of fans, showing them who did something right and who did something wrong,” said Bossy. “And I was thinking to myself, what other major league franchise brings their team closer to their most supportive fans and business partners than us? This is a terrific event. I really appreciate Ted, John and Dan giving us their time. If I’m an Islander fan, I’m not missing the next one.”To learn more about the Islanders Business Club, please e-mail Catie Bennett at Catie.Bennett@newyorkislanders.com or visit the Islanders Business Club's website at www.islandersbusinessclub.com
Search "Business" in the Islanders TV console to see video from past Islanders Business Club events.ISLANDERS HOST LOS ANGELES ON THURSDAY
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The Islanders host the Los Angeles Kings for the only time of the 2007-08 regular season.To purchase individual game tickets, click here or visit the Coliseum box office, the Islanders Team Store at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville or call Ticketmaster at 631.888.9000. Click here
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High School and college students, this is your chance for $10 tickets to Thursday night. 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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All-Star T-shirt today. Take a piece of history home with you.HOCKEY & HEELS ON FEB. 12Presented by Nicolock Paving Stones and Retaining Walls; Ladies get into the Coliseum for only a $10 cover charge to Feb. 12, NYI vs. PHI; $1000 paving stone prize; Islanders calendar giveaway for the first 10,000 fans; Fashion Show featuring the players' wives and girlfriends
In the spirit of Ladies Nights at establishments all across Long Island, the Islanders are hosting the first ever Hockey & Heels Night at the Nassau Coliseum, presented by Nicolock Paving Stones and Retaining Walls. For Tuesday, February 12, all women are invited to “Ladyville.” for only a $10 cover charge to see the Islanders meet division foe Philadelphia as they make their final playoff push. To purchase these $10 tickets, women can visit the box office the day of the game.ISLANDERS VALENTINES PACK
Bring you and your special someone to the game starting at just $49 and receive a gift card to Butera's Italian Restaurant and a chocolate gift box.
With Valentine's Day only two days after the game, the Islanders have put together a special Islanders Valentines Pack for you and your special someone to watch the Islanders and then celebrate V-Day on February 14. Starting at only $49, fans will receive two tickets to the game, a $30 gift card to Butera's Italian Restaurant for some fine dining and a chocolate gift box.
MACY'S ROOSEVELT FIELD FASHION SHOW
- 2 tickets
- 1 $30 Butera's Italian Restaurant gift card
- 1 chocolate gift box
Check out the latest fashions on the players' wives and girlfriends
During the second intermission, a special Macy's Roosevelt Field Fashion Show, featuring the wives and girlfriends of the players will take place on the Coliseum ice. Already signed for this exclusive event are Kara Guerin, Teri Hunter, Debbie Fedotenko, Lindsey Meyer and Megan Dubielewicz.