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THE STARS COME OUT FOR OPENING NIGHT

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Christie Brinkley, Kevin Connolly (of "Entourage"), Mike Bossy among celebrities and Islanders legends ready for Islanders-Sabres tonight





Supermodel Christie Brinkley is set for the Islanders' Opening Night , tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.

Kevin Connolly, aka Eric on the HBO hit "Entourage," can't wait to make his debut on the Coliseum ice.

Islanders Hall of Famer Mike Bossy will be there, too.

Are you ready for Opening Night?

That's tonight, when Rick DiPietro and the Islanders take on Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres.

In honor of Christie Brinkley's extraordinary philanthropic efforts for Long Island, the Islanders invited her to take part in the ceremonial opening faceoff tongiht. She told the team she was counting down the days to Opening Night.

"We can't wait for Saturday night," said Ms. Brinkley. "My son Jack and I have become huge Islanders fans. The excitement, the action and the energy in the Coliseum is just incredible. We are looking forward to a really great season."

Kevin Connolly was raised on Long Island and has been a devoted Islanders fan since birth. The star of "Entourage" will take part in a between-periods shootout with Islanders legend Mike Bossy for the New York State Lottery. Proving his sense of history when it comes to his favorite team, Connolly will wear an Islanders jersey marked No. 11 in honor of one of his favorite all-time players, dynasty member Wayne Merrick.

"Islanders Opening Night on October 6 has been marked on my calendar since the day the NHL schedule came out," said Connolly, who has also had roles in the films "The Notebook," and "Antwone Fisher."

Bossy has been a mainstay for Islanders Opening Nights, but each one is special for the Hall of Famer.

"The home opener is a Long Island tradition," said Bossy, who will be one of several distinguished Islanders alumni in attendance. "The place is going to be packed and there's so much excitement about the team Garth and Ted have put together because this is a group with a lot of heart. I'm also looking forward to the shootout at intermission with Kevin Connolly. Kevin is such a big Islanders fan and we really appreciate him being part of Opening Night, but I beat Bryan Trottier last year. You have to like my chances against Kevin.

"Either way, we can't wait to see all the fans on Opening Night as we kick off a magical season."


Click here and search "BRINKLEY" to see the Christie Brinkley commercial on Islanders TV.
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