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Lunch Game

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

In the second most exciting season finale taking place this week at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders’ staff took to the ice today for their final pickup game of the regular season.

Led by team captains Garth Snow and Ryan Ward, this group of coaches, trainers and hockey-ops personnel has played at least once a week throughout the season.

The teams change daily, with Snow and Wardo going head-to-head in a draft before each game.

That said, two things are always the same:

  1. The two smallest guys on the ice (Wardo and myself), a.k.a. the two guys that Garth loves burying into the boards, are never on Garth’s team.
  2. Arti Verdi plays net, and will stop everything that comes close to his glove.

Here’s a look at the talent pool:

General Manager                 Garth “The Head Hunter” Snow

Assistant to the GM             Kerry “The Immovable Object” Gwydir

Islanders Captain                 Doug “I’m actually still an elite hockey player and shouldn’t be wasting my time with you bums” Weight

Scout                                Chris “Dangles” O’Sullivan

Assistant Coach                  Dean “First Rounder” Chynoweth

Assistant Coach                  Scott “The Machine” Allen

Goalie Coach                      Mike “I’m never playing goalie again” Dunham

Goalie Consultant                Sudsie “I’m the third legitimate goalie here who’s insisting on playing forward” Maharaj

Skills Coach                       Bernie “More Moves Than A U-Haul” Cassell

Strength Coach                  Jesse “The Body” Demers

Equipment Manager             Scott “The Agitator” Boggs

Equipment Assistant            Arti “The Cat” Verdi

Video Coordinator               Ryan “Bed Head” Ward

Director of Comm                Kimber “The doesn’t want to be included in this story” Auerbach

Comm Coordinator               Jesse “Danger” Eisenberg

Hockey Ops Intern              Nick “The Heart Break Kid” DeSalvo

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