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Moncton Memos - Day 7

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
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With the Islanders taking part in optional skates on Friday, four players took time to do what is commonplace for the team on Long Island––visit sick children at hospitals.
Bruno Gervais, Nova Scotia-native Joey MacDonald, former Moncton Wildcat Andrew MacDonald and University of New Brunswick alum Rob Hennigar visited the children's wing of the Moncton Hospital.
Donning their Islanders jerseys and stocked with dozens of Islanders t-shirts and pucks, the four players scored different types of goals, cheering up youngsters.
"Whether you're in New York, back home or here, it's great to be able to crack a smile on kids' faces for a couple of minutes," said Gervais. "It was a pleasure."
Added Andrew MacDonald, "It was great to come back to Moncton Hospital. We came here many times when I was playing, so it was exciting to be able to touch these kids' lives even if it was just for a little while."
Along with handing out souvenirs, the Islanders played the role patients for four-year-old "Dr." Ethan, who carried a stethoscope and wore rubber gloves.
"Am I okay to play?" Joey MacDonald asked Ethan, who replied, 'yes.' "Alright, thanks for the check-up."
"This is a very rewarding experience for the children," said Moncton Hospital Communications representative Gisele Leger. "They see them on the television and don't always get the chance to be that close to them, so it allows them help their spirits and recover any illnesses they're encountering at this point. It gives them a sparkle in their eye with the hope that they can come back to a normal life."
Notes and Quotes from Training Camp
  • The Islanders reassigned four players to their junior teams on Friday. Those players are: Max Gratchev (Rimouski of the QMJHL), Jyri Niemi (Saskatoon of the WHL), Jared Spurgeon (Spokane of the WHL) and Travis Hamonic (Moose Jaw of the WHL).
  • Pro Scout Rob Cowie had this to say about last night's 4-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
"When the Islanders were out-shooting the Flyers 11-3 midway through the first period, it showed that Gordon's system works. But once it broke down, the talent couldn't be hidden, and the more experienced Flyers took over."
  • A fan-friendly exhibition game ended with an 11-9 Team White win at the Blue/White scrimmage in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, on Thursday evening. Pro scouts Chris O'Sullivan and Eric Cairns helped propel Team White.
Known more for his physical play and gutsy shot blocking, Brendan Witt scored three goals to lead Team White to victory.
"Our instructions for the game were to make sure it was a good skate, where the guys got a good workout," said O'Sullivan. "Most importantly, the game was for the fans, so that they could see the Islanders perform. We had small numbers––six forwards and six defensemen¬––so two defensemen moved up each period. There was plenty of ice time for the guys to get a good workout. We wanted to make sure the guys thought about the system that Gordon has put in place and that we put on a good show for the fans. The scoring went back and forth, but towards the end it became more competitive and we were fortunate to come out with the victory."
The Islanders face the Florida Panthers in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, on Saturday at 6 pm EST.

Click here to watch IslandersTV Islelights from Tuesday's exhibition win over Boston

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- Doug "The Disher" Weight
- Click here for Moncton Memos:  Day 5
- Sarnia Connection Stings Blue Eagles
- Click here for Moncton Memos: Day 3
- Click here for Moncton Memos: Day 2
- Click here for Moncton Memos: Day 1
- Players Arrive in Moncton
- Training Camp Primer, Part 1:  Defensemen and Goalies
- Training Camp Primer, Part 2:  Forwards

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