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New events & displays added to the Draft Party

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Player Appearances, Interactive Games, Massive Memorabilia Sale
Highlight Isles Annual Draft Event

The New York Islanders 2011 Draft Party is just a week away. Fifteen current and former Islanders will be in attendance, including Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner, Bob Nystrom and Clark Gillies. With the addition the addition of new events and activities, the Draft Party is sure to be an exciting night for all.

Tickets to the 2011 Draft Party are available to the general public by either clicking on the link above or by visiting the Islanders Team Store in the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa. The Draft Party is scheduled for Friday, June 24 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Passes to this fan fest are free, but individuals can only reserve up to eight passes. Doors for the Draft Party open at 5 p.m. and the live stream of the NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, MN begins at 7 p.m.

Fans will not only get their first peek at the newest Islanders prospects, but they will also have the chance to meet some of their favorite players at the Draft Party, including John Tavares, Michael Grabner, Matt Moulson, Trevor Gillies, Travis Hamonic, Micheal Haley, Matt Martin and Kevin Poulin.

The Draft Party will also play host to the Islanders annual year-end blowout sale, with every item on sale at an enormous 50% off. This huge sale features huge savings on game-worn jerseys, autographed memorabilia, team apparel for all sizes, game-used equipment and limited edition collectibles.

Interactive activities on the Nassau Coliseum floor will include locker room tours, street hockey contests, I.C.E. Tour inflatable games, video game stations, Atlantis Marine World interactive displays and the Trevor Gillies ‘Stache Station, among others.

The Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit will be on site that evening and will feature jerseys, sticks and skates used by Islanders legends. One unique display features Bill Torrey's bowtie from the 1980s.

The Coliseum scoreboard, which normally hangs well above center ice, will be lowered for up-close, oversized interviews of the Islanders in attendance. The big screen will also feature exclusive, live coverage from IslandersTV at the Draft with interviews with members of the hockey operations staff and behind the scenes post-draft footage.

The 2011 Draft Party will also host Long Island’s first-ever American Red Cross Blood Drive. This event will launch a new partnership between the Islanders and America’s premier emergency response organization. Fans can donate blood in the Coliseum’s exhibition hall anytime between noon and 8 p.m. on draft day.

The Islanders will be providing information regarding the August 1 vote on the public referendum for a state of the art sports complex and minor league ballpark in Nassau County on the site of the existing Nassau Coliseum. Registration cards will also be available for those fans who wish to participate, but are not registered to vote.

Passes are also available at the Islanders Team Store at Surise Mall and the Islanders Pro Shop at Iceworks.

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