The New York Islanders have created a central, unifying force for women's youth hockey on Long Island.
The LIL Islanders (Long Island Lady Islanders) has been formed through an economic and creative partnership with Long Island's leading youth hockey programs for women - the Long Island Waves and Suffolk Police Athletic League (PAL). As a result, the Long Island Lady Islanders youth hockey program will include:
- A 19 U (and under) Tier 1 women's youth hockey team on Long Island. Co-sponsored with Suffolk PAL, the Long Island Lady Islanders will play out of The Rinx in Hauppauge and Islanders Iceworks in Syosset.
- A 16 U Tier 1 girls team, co-sponsored with the Long Island Waves, that will play out of The Rinx and Islanders Iceworks.
- Four girls Tier 2 travel teams whose home base will be Islanders Iceworks: 16 U, 14 U, 12 U and 10 U.
- A new program: Introduction to Girls Hockey, to be taught at Islanders Iceworks.
"This is an opportunity to take the two leading hockey organizations for young women the Island Waves and Suffolk PAL and combine them into one powerful program for Long Island," said Chris Dey, the Islanders' Senior VP of Sales, Marketing and Operations. "For these young women, nothing will stand in the way of developing into the finest players they can be. The Islanders will offer scholarships to families that may not be able to afford the cost of travel hockey. In the end, we will have the best coaches and teams for young women on Long Island."
"We believe that this partnership with the New York Islanders will attract the best players and coaches in the Long Island area to create an organization of excellence," said Tony Caracciolo, President of the Island Waves. "We are extremely proud and excited to join the Islanders on this endeavor."
For the 2008-09 season, the two Tier 1 premier teams will maintain their current logos and adopt the colors of the New York Islanders with jerseys provided by the Islanders. By the 2010-11 season, these teams will be known as the Long Island Lady Islanders. All teams in the program will wear patches on their jerseys that read "Long Island Girls Hockey."
"The partnership between the Island Waves and Suffolk PAL is a huge step in the right direction for Girls Hockey on Long Island," said Zoe Schwam, Director of Hockey for the LIL Islanders and Island Waves. "With the Islanders' support we will be able to create a positive culture to foster hockey on Long Island and field premier teams that will be competitive with the best teams in the nation."
"The Islanders' vision of what Girls Hockey can become on Long Island is very exciting as this unprecedented support from him will assist in removing the barriers which once existed in Girls Hockey," said Tom Palamara, Executive Director of Suffolk PAL Hockey. "PAL has been a leader in Girls and Youth Hockey and to have an opportunity to join forces with the Long Island Waves and the New York Islanders is an amazing opportunity."
"By utilizing the strength of the New York Islanders brand name and the two premier girls youth hockey programs on Long Island Suffolk PAL and the Island Waves we finally have the opportunity to compete with some of the best female programs in the Northeast," said Steve DiGiovanna, Vice President of the Island Waves.
Tryouts for all teams will be held during the first two weeks of May:WAVESU12 and U10 Tier 2
Fri May 2 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Islanders Iceworks
Sun May 4 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Islanders Iceworks U14 Tier 2
Sat May 3 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Islanders Iceworks
Sun May 4 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Islanders Iceworks
PALU12 Tier 2
Tuesday, April 29 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at The Rinx
Thursday, May 1 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at The Rinx
Waves and PAL 16U and 19U Tier 1
Tuesday, May 6 (16U) from 6:40 pm to 8:10 pm at The Rinx
Wednesday, May 7 (16U) from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Islanders Iceworks
Saturday, May 10 (19U) from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Islanders Iceworks
Saturday, May 10 (16U) from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Islanders Iceworks
For more information on the tryouts, please contact the following:Zoe Schwam - Director of Hockey
firstname.lastname@example.org Tony Caracciolo - President, Island Waves
email@example.com Tom Palamara - President, Suffolk PAL