|Mike Bossy and Gary Carter |
The Islanders Business Club has welcomed special guests to its events throughout the season and Saturday was no exception. Prior to the Islanders-Buffalo Sabres contest, Gary "The Kid" Carter stopped by the Expo Hall to greet the many fans in attendance and to take part in an interview with IBC Executive Director Mike Bossy.
Just as he did with Boomer Esiason earlier this season, Bossy joined Carter on stage for a one-on-one chat for the IBC members in attendance. Carter spoke of his new position as manager of the Long Island Ducks.
to read the complete story and to watch Bossy and Carter's one-on-one interview. BAILEY DONATES TO 'RIGHT TO PLAY'
Islanders center Josh Bailey
is one of 28 NHL players who showed their support for the international humanitarian organization "Right To Play" by making personal donations based on minutes played in Saturday night's game against Buffalo.
Players made their donations in honor of coaches or role models who instilled in them the positive values of sport and helped them succeed—not just in hockey, but in life.
Bailey chose to honor former Windsor Spitfire teammate and good friend Mickey Renaud, who died suddenly in February, 2008, of a rare heart condition.
"It's great to be able to help out with such a great cause like Right to Play," said Bailey. "Hockey has given me so much in my life, so hopefully I can give the same opportunities to other kids. Doing this in honor of a great friend and teammate makes this even more special."
Funds raised will support "Right To Play's" sport and play programs in 23 countries of operation across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. By training local community leaders as coaches to deliver these programs, "Right To Play" provides similar growth opportunities and positive role models for 600,000 children in "Right To Play" activities every week. TOWN OF HUNTINGTON NIGHT
|Stuart Besen and Joey MacDonald |
The Islanders continued their Town Nights, with the Town of Huntington being honored on Saturday. Representing the Town of Huntington was Councilman Stuart Besen, who received an honorary Islanders jersey with his name on the back from Joey MacDonald prior to the game.
"It's a real privilege to have the Islanders honor the Town of Huntington," said Besen. "I've personally been an Islanders fan my whole life. I know the Town of Huntington is very supportive of the New York Islanders. It's something the whole town gets behind, and it's a proud day for the Town of Huntington to be a part of the Islanders family. The Islanders are our community. Numerous Islanders, past and present, have lived in the Town of Huntington. They're a part of our fabric, a part of our economy, and a part of our entertainment. We need to do everything possible to keep the Islanders on Long Island and support them." STICKS OUT OF HANDS WINNERS MEET PLAYERS
|Jeff Tambellini and Morgan Sharinn |
After winning the Sticks Out of Hands Auction, benefitting the Islanders Children's Foundation, a select group of fans were able to receive a game-used stick from an Islanders player. Following the Islanders' 2-0 shutout over Buffalo on Saturday, the players greeted the fans outside of the Islanders locker room, handed them their stick and signed it.
"It was pretty awesome to get a stick from Jeff Tambellini," said Morgan Sharinn from Stamford, Conn., who also met Sean Bergenheim after his on-ice interview. "Tambellini said it was an honor to meet me. I'm going to hang up the stick and not use it even though I play hockey for the Stamford Sharks." SMILE TRAIN BRINGS OSCAR TO THE COLISEUM
On Saturday night, Smile Train Events Coordinator Sara Leger was interviewed on the video board with an Academy Award in hand. Smile Pinki, which won the Oscar for best Documentary (Short Subject), was about young Pinki Kumari, who was living with a severe cleft lip in one of the poorest areas of India. Through the help of Smile Train—co-founded by Islanders Owner Charles B. Wang—Pinki was able to receive free surgery to correct her cleft lip.
"We're really excited to have helped provide cleft surgery for 10 years," said Leger. "Without the support of our many donors and Charles Wang, this wouldn't be possible."Click here
for more information on Smile Train.