Islanders forward Jeff Tambellini traveled over 3,000 miles from his home in British Columbia to take part in the Islanders Community Events (I.C.E.) Tour sweeping across Long Island. Starting on June 27th and lasting until July 1st, Tambellini paid a visit to a half-dozen locations in four event-filled days.
“Experiencing Long Island during the summer is definitely different from hockey season," said Tambellini. "I was able to participate in events at the beach, the great golf courses over at Eisenhower Park, and at a hockey rink during the summer. The young kids that I met at each event are very impressionable and my goal as a member of the Islanders team is to create new Islanders fans that can come support our team every night."
Tambellini's visit with the I.C.E. Tour began on July 27th at the Point Lookout Town Beach Summer Beachfest.
"It was a great day to be able to come to the beach and meet with all the kids and parents," said Tambellini following the event. "It's a nice change from being down at the rink."
The next couple of days saw Tambellini stop off at the Commerce Bank Championship at Eisenhower Park. Tambellini spent a lot of his time near the 18th green greeting fans and signing autographs.
Among the other stops were Newbridge Arena, the Young People's Day Camp in Central Islip and the 100s season ticketholder barbeque at Eisenhower Park, where Tambellini was joined by teammate Freddy Meyer. Tambellini and Meyer’s final destination that day brought them to the Islanders Team Store at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville for an autograph signing event.
"There is no question that hockey should always be here on Long Island no matter what time of year it is and I am happy to be a part of making that a reality," said Tambellini. "It was great to be able to introduce the game of hockey to some of the kids that we visited. We want to grow the game of hockey on Long Island and by going out in the community we are able to do so. I want to thank everyone that came out to the events that I attended. I enjoyed meeting each and every one of you. I look forward to seeing everyone again in October once the season starts." Click here
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