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NYI Spring Hockey League

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The Islanders are making it easy for kids to start playing hockey—for free! Through an initiative with the Islanders Children’s Foundation’s Amateur Hockey Development Program, the Islanders Spring Hockey League has been formed. This intramural league provides entry-level hockey players, ages 6-14, with an opportunity to play ice hockey at no cost.

The program provides young players with free equipment (including new skates, pads, sticks and helmets), free ice time at various Long Island rinks, and professional instruction from former and current Islanders, as well as top local coaches. Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo, Richard Park and Rick DiPietro are among the current Islanders who are scheduled to make guest appearances throughout the season.
The league itself is free, but in order to participate each child must sell 20 ticket vouchers, which can be redeemed for discounted Islanders tickets at the Nassau Coliseum box office. The $25 vouchers are valid for a variety of select Islanders games for tickets that are valued at up to $50.

The Islanders know that it’s a big commitment for a child to learn to play hockey. But by fundraising with discounted ticket vouchers, each player will find sponsors enabling them to participate in the sport they love. Plus, selling tickets allows players to learn entrepreneurial skills, boost confidence and spread the love of hockey.

“This is a great opportunity for young players who might otherwise not have gotten the chance to play a sport they love,” said Dan Bedard, the Islanders Director of Amateur Hockey Development. “And it shows that hard work pays off. Sell the tickets, and you are in the league, emphasizing life learning skills through hockey.”

For more information, call 516-501-6859 or contact

Click here to register for the Islanders Spring Hockey League.

Click here to watch an IslandersTV commercial about the program.
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