Islander forwards Kyle Okposo
and Blake Comeau are no strangers to the Long Island Community. Despite their community efforts throughout the course of the season both players came back for a second straight summer to participate in the Islanders I.C.E Tour this past week.
“It is always nice to go out into the community and give back to the fans who support us all year. We see them in the crowds, banging on the glass when we throw a big hit or score a goal so for us to have the chance to come out and meet them on a personal level makes to that more special,” Okposo said.
“It is so important for us to get out into the community, especially during the summer, when hockey isn’t on the minds of people. We want to make sure that we continue to grow the game on Long Island and expose the children we visit to the hockey,” said Comeau.
Okposo kicked off the week by visiting the Brookhaven Day Camp. His partner for the week, Comeau, hit some bad weather and had his flight canceled from British Columbia to New York. The campers were thrilled at the chance to meet Okposo and receive pointers on how to play the game.
The next day, Comeau met up with Okposo and the rest of the Islanders I.C.E. Tour, making stops at the Huntington YMCA, Huntington Beach Association, Stony Brook School Summer Camp, Shibley Day Camp in Roslyn and the Islanders Team Store in Massapequa.
The support for the Islanders at each I.C.E. Tour event with fans hoping to meet Comeau and
Okposo was impressive as hundreds of children showed up each day. Everyone went home with autographs from both the Islander forwards at whatever event they attended. After signing for all of the campers at the day events, Comeau and Okposo split up and picked teams for a game of street hockey. At the Huntington Beach Association Team Okposo and Team Comeau teamed up for a game against all the camp counselors. Needless to say the team of Okposo and Comeau won.
“I had a great time back on Long Island this week,” Comeau said. “I look forward to skating onto the Coliseum ice and looking into the crowd and seeing those familiar faces of the kids that we met at the numerous camps we visited.”
The best part of the week was having the chance to play street hockey with the kids,” Okposo said. “You can sign autographs all day but until you have the chance to relate with them, you’ll never make the connection. I had a lot of fun this week and am looking forward to the upcoming season.” Click here to see where Islanders player Joel Rechlicz will visit when he travels with the I.C.E. Tour next week.