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Okposo and Comeau Sign for Fans

by Rich Arleo / New York Islanders
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Kyle Okposo signs an autograph for a fan.
Kyle Okposo and Blake Comeau are back on Long Island and on Tuesday night, took some time to meet up with over 200 of their biggest fans at the Sunrise Mall in Massapequa.  The two Islander forwards were on hand to sign autographs and take pictures.  

Todd Richardson and Ria Antido came all the way from Connecticut for the signing.

"We came out to see Kyle and Blake," Richardson said. "This is our first signing. We live in Connecticut but came out to this one and we'll definitely be coming to more signings."

Each young fan that attended the autograph signing not only had the chance to meet their favorite players, but also had the opportunity to sign up for the Islanders Kids Club and receive Kids Club shirts. John Herbst came from Babylon with his five-year-old son Gregory, who is already a member of the Kids Club and a young veteran of the summer signings.

"We go to all the signings," Herbst said. "We started when he was three and he goes to all of them. The picture he got signed today is last year's picture he took with these guys. He's definitely a big hockey fan."

Okposo and Comeau have both been enjoying their summers and are happy to be back on Long Island.  

"Today was a good turnout," Comeau said. "It's exciting to see the fans and see that they're excited for next season. It's a good chance for Kyle and I to come back and be around the fans, and the atmosphere is fun. I'm excited for a lot of things. Training camp is in Saskatoon, which is right around the area I grew up so it's exciting."

Blake Comeau takes a picture with a Kids Club member.
The 21-year-old Okposo is coming off a breakout season in which he scored 18 goals and added 21 assists for a total of 39 points. Okposo is an important piece of the puzzle for the Islanders as he prepares for his second full in the NHL.  

"A lot of the fans are excited to see us and are excited about the upcoming season, as are we," Okposo said. We've got a few more appearances to do here on the island this week. After a full year of playing, it feels more like home so it's definitely good to be back.

Okposo will join Josh Bailey and the newest Islander John Tavares in leading the young offensive attack for the Islanders. The forward has been training in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota this summer and is really excited about the mix of young talent and veterans that the organization has assembled for next season.

"We've got a good group of guys," Okposo said. "We gelled together last season and we've added a few components this year. We've got a good group of veterans and we've got a lot of young guys too that will have to be a big part of the team. It's going to be a fun year."

Okposo and Comeau will continue their week with the I.C.E Tour on Wednesday when they visit the Huntington Beach Community Association in Centerport. The next team store signing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4 when Joel Rechlicz comes to the Broadway Mall in Hicksville from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information on the Summer I.C.E. Tour, click here.

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