The Islanders will play host to some of the area's brightest young hockey players when they host Long Island Hockey Fest, presented by Modell's, beginning today and going through Monday. Long Island Hockey Fest will feature the 2nd Annual Lighthouse Tournament and the Lighthouse Cup—both of which will play their championship games at the Nassau Coliseum.
The I.S.L.E. Tournament—originally scheduled for today on the Nassau Coliseum Plaza, outside of the box office—has been postponed due to weather.
As a celebration of the Islanders' commitment to youth hockey on Long Island, more than 1,000 kids from ages 6-18 will participate in a nine-day tournament that spans the entire Island and concludes Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, when the New Jersey Devils visit today and the Washington Capitals come to town on Monday afternoon.
"The New York Islanders started an initiative to include all levels of hockey in the Lighthouse Tournament," said Islanders Director of Amateur Hockey Development Dan Bedard. "It has grown to include a six-year-old mini-mite in the Jamboree all the way to varsity hockey players, inspiring to play at the collegiate level. Through efforts from our staff and our alumni, especially Steve Webb, the first Lighthouse Tournament in 2008 was well received. We're looking forward to it continuing to expand and grow in the years to come." THE LIGHTHOUSE TOURNAMENT
The Lighthouse Tournament encompasses teams from nine rinks located throughout Long Island.
Now in its second year, the Lighthouse Tournament—the largest youth hockey tournament on Long Island—began on January 10. In-house teams from rinks all across Long Island from squirt (ages 9-10) to midget (15-18) competed from Jan. 10-Jan. 13 at hosting rinks, with the finals of each division to be played at the Nassau Coliseum tomorrow.
All teams remaining in the final round of each age group will compete in a round-robin tournament. The top two teams from each level will face off against one another at the Coliseum tomorrow for a champion from each level to be crowned.
To celebrate the youngest hockey players on the Island, the Nassau Coliseum will host the Long Hockey Fest Jamboree, featuring 600 mite and mini-mite in-house league players on Long Island.
With the Coliseum ice divided into three smaller rinks, teams will compete in 18-minute games, tomorrow morning. Included at the jamboree will be the I.C.E. Tour Family Fan Fest. Below is the list of rinks participating in the Lighthouse Tournament and Jamboree
Cantiague Park Ice Arena
Iceland Skating Rink
Port Washington Skating Center
Superior Ice Rink
The Arena of Long Beach New York
The Rinx - Hidden Pond Park THE LIGHTHOUSE CUP
Long Island Hockey Fest will conclude with one final game - The Lighthouse Cup, featuring the best house league high school players from Nassau County versus Suffolk County's high school All-Stars. That game will take place on the Coliseum ice at 8:45 am, prior to the Islanders-Washington Capitals contest at 2 pm on Monday. Formerly known as the Vytra Cup, the Lighthouse Cup was adopted by the Islanders last year as part of its week-long Hockey Fest.
The winner of the game will win the Lighthouse Cup, which like the Stanley Cup features the names of past recipients.
Participants of both teams will receive two tickets to the Islanders-Capitals game played later that day. During the second intermission of the Islanders game, the MVPs from each team will be recognized. Also, women participating in men?s varsity programs throughout Long Island house league will be the game's flag bearers.
The Lighthouse Cup will conclude with a banquet and college symposium at the Marriott. Among the speakers will be former Islanders forward Steve Webb, who will also be in attendance during the finals of the Lighthouse Tournament tomorrow.
Prior to the Islanders' contest against the Devils tonight, the Nassau County and Suffolk County Freshman All-Stars will compete against one another at 1 pm on the Coliseum ice. That game will be followed by a game, featuring Junior Varsity All-Stars from Long Island high schools at 2:30 pm. The winning team will join the Ice Girls for the flag ceremony prior to that evening's Islanders-Devils game.Click here
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Due to inclement weather, the I.S.L.E. Street Hockey Tournament scheduled for today on the Nassau Coliseum plaza, outside the box office, has been postponed.
Five schools, featuring kids from grades 3-8, that were to take part in mini street hockey games prior to the Islanders' matchup against the New Jersey Devils, will have their tournament recheduled.
Throughout the summer, the Islanders Community Events (I.C.E.) Tour's mission was to put - a goal in every driveway. Part of that goal was executed through the I.S.L.E. (Islanders Street Learning Experience) Program, which provided goals, sticks and street hockey balls to dozens of schools all across Long Island.Below is the list of schools participating in the I.S.L.E. Tournament
Barack Obama Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Great Neck Road Elementary School
Commack Road Elementary School
Lynbrook South Middle SchoolWatch an IslandersTV
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's story about the Charles B. Wang Ice Hockey Project Hope Tournament that was held in Harbin, China.Click here
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