General Manager Garth Snow visited the members of the New York Islanders Booster Club on Thursday evening at the Long Island Marriott to fill in some of the team's most avid fans about the club's future plans on and off the ice.
Joining Snow was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communication of the Lighthouse Development Group Paul Lancey, who filled in the eager fans about the status of the Lighthouse Project and the transformation of the Nassau Coliseum and its surrounding areas. Booster Club members were invited to ask Lancey questions about this exciting new development. Following the Q&A, fans were excited to hear about the expanded Coliseum concourse, expanded parking options and the attached practice facility.
The meeting turned to on-ice manners as Snow took the floor, discussing next season's Islanders and beyond. Snow reiterated his plan of building a team made of players with skill, speed and grit.
He emphasized that young players would be the staple of the Islanders franchise next year and in the year's to come. The Islanders GM spoke about the significance of the Long Island community and making the fans proud of the product on the ice.
With the NHL Entry Draft just over a month away, Snow informed the Booster Club members that he and his scouting staff would select the best available player in the draft at the fifth spot, regardless of position.
Following his speech, Snow fielded questions, answering topics on available free agents and his thoughts on being selected to the NHL Goaltending Equipment Committee.
"I enjoy speaking at these intimate events because it's an ideal opportunity to go out and meet the fans," said Snow. "Everyone in the organization truly appreciates the passion our Booster Club members have for the team."