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Tavares Uses BlackBerry To Talk To Fans

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

More than 200 fans signed up to participate in the “BlackBerry Message With Tavares” promotion held on Monday from Islanders Mini-Camp.

Sitting in a conference room upstairs at Iceworks—with Blackberry Director of Consumer Channels Rob McBride and Islanders Business Club Executive Director Mike Bossy—Tavares was able to fire back about 50 messages during the one-hour session.

McBride said he was thrilled with the way the promotion turned out and added that he’s looking forward to working with the Islanders throughout this season. Stay tuned to find out how you can win a free BlackBerry by entering the “BlackBerry Hat Trick” promotion this season.


When defenseman Calvin de Haan was selected with the No. 12 pick by the Islanders, he was practically speechless. Now, just over two weeks later he is well into his first NHL Mini-Camp—and couldn’t be happier.

“It’s very exciting. It’s a pro camp,” de Haan said. “I’m not here to make the team right now, I’m here to impress. Garth and Coach Gordon were really stressing that you can’t make the team at this Camp. “

As for life off the ice, not much has changed—except for the occasional ribbing he takes from his buddies.

“Seriously it hasn’t changed that much,” de Haan said. “I’m still a teen-ager and I like to hang out with my friends. They like to crack jokes like ‘hey superstar,’ but that doesn’t bother me. I’m just living my life and it’s a lot of fun.”


After Session One ended on Monday morning, Islanders Executive Director of Player Development Bryan Trottier spent a few extra minutes on the ice, talking one-on-one with Joel Rechlicz.

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