(An excerpt from the November issue of Islanders Illustrated magazine) By Jason Lockhart
Everything was going right for Jon Sim on October 6th, 2007. He had already pitched in with an assist on Chris Campoli’s second-period goal to tie the Islanders’ Home Opener at one against the Buffalo Sabres. But everything changed at 10:39 of the third period. Only 18 seconds into his 13th shift of the game, Sim hit a rut in the ice, twisted his knee and slammed hard into the end boards. Just like that, his season was over.
Coming into the 2007-08 Training Camp, there was nothing to keep Sim down. He found a new home on Long Island after spending the previous eight seasons playing on 10 different teams, in three different leagues. For the first time in a while, he was secure with his situation, having signed a three-year deal with the Islanders.
Those expectations would never fully pan out. Game one of the 2007-08 season was a thrilling matchup in Buffalo, in which the Islanders won by the score of 6-4. Game two was just as memorable as the Islanders held on for a 3-2 win, but it was a bittersweet victory. Sim was helped off of the ice in the third period with what was diagnosed as a strained knee.
Now, more than a year later, Sim is finally enjoying his time with the Islanders. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, PLEASE PICK UP A COPY OF ISLANDERS ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE ON SALE NOW AT THE NASSAU COLISEUM, AND THE ISLANDERS TEAM STORE AT THE BROADWAY MALL IN HICKSVILLE.
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