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:
- 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.
- 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