By Casey Garth
As the final whistle blew on the Islanders’ Prospect Mini-Camp Wednesday afternoon, the excitement at Islanders Iceworks was just beginning. While the prospects were shedding their gear, the team’s veterans were lacing up their skates and stepping onto the ice for some friendly competition.
Islander General Manager Garth Snow, Head Coach Scott Gordon and his Assistant Coach, Dean Chynoweth, teamed up with legends Bob Nystrom and Ken Morrow for a pick-up game. As the game got under-way, two special guests pulled up ready to join in the fun. Chad Kroeger, the lead singer of the hit band, Nickelback alongside his brother Mike Kroger, the band’s bassist, grabbed their skates and pulled on an Islander jersey to join the game. The band was in town Wednesday preparing for their concert at the Nikon Jones Beach Theater that night, but felt like taking their minds off of the tour by getting back to their roots.
Originally from Alberta, Canada, the Kroeger brothers grew up playing hockey and felt at home in the cold rink. Both were wearing customized Islanders jerseys; Chad chose to wear 91 while older brother Mike sported 19. Through all of the “intense” play on the ice, everyone was all smiles. In fact, there even was some brotherly competition that quickly arose as the two were teamed against each other.
As the final skater huffed and puffed their way off the ice, it was Mike who was able to take home bragging rights, scoring the lone goal between the two brothers in the scrimmage. “I got fed a beauty,” said Mike. “I had the whole net. Too easy, I think the goalie even gave it to me.”
The Kroeger brothers jumped back in their car following the game and arrived at Jones Beach to play an unforgettable concert in front thousands, including 40 of the Islanders’ top prospects.