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The Islanders Visit RexCorp Plaza

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

On Wednesday night in the Nassau Coliseum, Islanders fans heard from the Islanders' leaders about the franchise's plans, both on and off the ice. Islanders owner Charles Wang, GM Garth Snow, head coach Ted Nolan and Senior VP of Sales, Marketing and Operations Chris Dey were among the speakers at a special Town Hall event that provided a clearer picture to Islanders "stakeholders" – the fans – about the direction of their team.

Snow and Nolan answer questions
Chris Dey presenting

On Friday afternoon in the RexCorp Plaza atrium, Snow, Nolan and Dey echoed their sentiments about the future of the Islanders, who are situated only a stone's throw away across Hempstead Turnpike. Islanders legend and Executive Director of Player Development Bryan Trottier paid a surprise visit to the event.

Chris Dey presented the organization's plans to increase the season ticket base and membership in the Islanders Business Club. He also discussed the Islanders' intensive efforts in the community and the team's civic efforts, including RexCorp Islanders Inspire. The Islanders continue to be among the leading major professional sports teams in community involvement.

Ted Nolan with Jim and Michelle Gaines
Snow with Jessica Zimmerman

"This is the first trip of a summer-long open dialogue we're having with the fans," said Dey. "We're letting everyone know about our plans on and off the ice. Over the past year we raised over one million dollars for non-profit organizations. When I think of RexCorp, I think of the Islanders Business Club, which will be capped at 1,000 this year and RexCorp Islanders Inspire, which brought over 12,000 Long Island kids to our games this season free of charge, including transportation."

Dey then introduced Garth Snow, who laid the groundwork for his future plans as the Islanders' general manager.
"With Bryan Trottier and Ken Morrow spearheading the development of our youth,  our future looks bright," said Snow. "The core of the team will be built from within, with some free agents sprinkled in."

Bryan Trottier
Bryan Trottier

Nolan was next on the podium, explaining why he expects the 2008-09 Islanders team to be as exciting as ever.

"It's going to be exciting next year with a lot of good young players coming up," said Nolan. "We're going to make you proud of this team. It's going to be a fun and enjoyable team to watch.”

Following Nolan's presentation, he and Snow answered a few questions pertaining to the upcoming season.

Snow was asked about the prospects of increasing the team's toughness in the off-season.

"Team toughness is very important, so the opposition doesn't take liberties at your expense," said Snow. "We'll look to get a tough, enforcer-type player in the summer.”

Nolan was asked about the team's backup netminder seeing more ice time next season.

"We're going to plan to have the backup see more time," said Nolan. "We have one of the best goalies in the league, but even he needs some rest. Expect to see Ricky's ice time cut down."

After the presentation, Snow, Nolan and Trottier made their way into the crowd to personally greet the employees at the RexCorp Plaza.

"I'm a huge Islanders fan and it was nice to know the goals the team has for next season," said Jessica Zimmerman of Mineola. "It was also great to meet all of them because I've never had the chance to do that."

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