Supporting the troops is important to the New York Islanders.
The Islanders treated 500 military members and their families to Thursday night's game, as a thank you for their service. It's a small token of their appreciation for putting their lives on the line to defend the United States. The night featured military-themed warmup jerseys, a ceremonial puck drop from an America's VetDog, messages from service members abroad on the video board and helped raise money for the United Heroes League.
Check out the sights from the Islanders Military Appreciation Night.
MILITARY WARMUP JERSEYS:
The Islanders wore special military-themed warmup jerseys for Thursday's game. The jerseys were auctioned off beforehand to raise money for the Islanders Children's Foundation.
VETDOG DROPS THE PUCK
Call it a ceremonial pup drop.
Charlie - a service dog being trained to work with veterans - dropped the ceremonial puck on Thursday night. Charlie is a black lab training with America's VetDogs, which pairs service dogs with veterans. The Islanders are raising money for the organization through the team's pucks and paws calendar, which is on sale now
Video: VetDog drops puck on Military Appreciation Night
Video: America's VetDogs join MSG intermission report
ISLES SUPPORT UNITED HEROES LEAGUE
The United Heroes League - a program that provides sports equipment and tickets to kids in military families - was the Islanders charity of the game on Thursday. Proceeds from select tickets benefitted the organization and the team donated a signed stick to be raffled off.
Thomas Greiss - who teaches hockey clinics in the offseason at Fort Bragg - Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck are all ambassadors with the United Heroes League.