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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
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People may have heard of speed dating, but the Islanders Business Club has taken that same concept and evolved it into a networking tool for its members. On Wednesday night, before the Islanders battled the Anaheim Ducks, the Nassau Coliseum Expo Hall hosted the IBC’s second Speed Networking event of the season.
"We had a tremendous response after the first Speed Networking event we had earlier this season," said Islanders Business Club Executive Director Mike Bossy. "We made it bigger and better for the second time around."
One hundred IBC members signed up for Wednesday’s event, and were treated to four 20-minute sessions with 10 members per table. Throughout the course of the event, each person met with 39 other IBC members. Each table included an Islanders representative to initiate conversation.
"I heard about this event through a friend and like to attend as many networking events as I can," said John Aronica of Organically Green. "You never know when you’re going to make a meaningful connection. It just takes one for it to be worthwhile. It’s great that the Islanders hold these events because it brings together a large group of local businesses looking to expand."
During each 20-minute session, business cards are exchanged before each member takes two minutes to introduce themselves and give a description about their business and their goals.
"I’m a huge Islanders fan, so this event only adds to coming to the game," said Eric Freund of Wachovia. "It’s a good way to connect with other local businesses. This is my third IBC event I’ve attended."
With the success of the first two Speed Networking events, the Islanders Business Club is planning on organizing a third one in the future.
To find out how you can take part in the next Islanders Business Club Speed Networking event, please click here or e-mail them at


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The National Hockey League Officials Association has launched "Zebra’s Care" for the second NHL season. Zebra’s Care was created to bring joy to children across North America and to grow the great game of hockey. This program provides the opportunity for underprivileged and sick children to meet many NHLPA members and to attend an NHL game. During the game, children are invited to meet the officials for the game, go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the arena and high-five the players as they enter the ice.
On Wednesday, Kayla, 11, and Patrick, 14, had the opportunity to take in the Islanders game and meet the on-ice officials prior to the game.
"It was interesting to learn how hard it is to ref a game," said Patrick. "It makes sense, since they’re on the ice the whole game, while the players get to take a rest."
While Patrick is a big Islanders fan, it was Kayla’s first Islanders game and she was excited about seeing her first game in-person.
"I’ve been told there are going to be a lot of fights," said Kayla. "The referees told us that the pucks are really cold because they freeze them before every game."
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