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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The Islanders forward is excited to be back with the team and thankful for everyone’s support

Chris Simon
A familiar face was back in the Islanders locker room and on the ice at Iceworks Wednesday morning. After taking a leave of absence from the team, Chris Simon returned to his Islanders family.

"I missed being around the guys and the team," said Simon after practice. "I'm ready to get back out there and help the team. I've learned from my mistakes. I'm going to try and be the best I can be when I come back. What happened in the past is always going to be there, but I look to now and getting ready for tomorrow."

Simon is eligible to return to action on February 21 when the Islanders host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ted Nolan indicated that as soon as he could return, Simon would be back in the lineup.

"We're thankful that this is almost over, so Chris can get back to the profession that he loves," said Nolan. "It's nice to see him back here. I can't see why he wouldn't get right back in the lineup. Other guys get injured and then get right back in. I don't see this as any different."

Simon spoke of his time off and how he spent valuable time with his family. He showed much gratitude towards the dozens of people who supported him.

"What I love most is playing hock
Chris Simon
ey and when it gets taken away I realize how much I love it," said Simon. "Ted has always been a great help and a great supporter. My teammates were amazing. The whole organization kept checking in on me and seeing how I was doing and what I was up to. I really appreciated that. It means a lot when you go through tough times and you have the support of your peers. I got a lot of calls from former coaches, general managers and players that I've played with, who had a lot of great things to say to me. It means a lot. I thank them all."

For the complete interviews with Ted Nolan and Chris Simon, check out the latest video on Islanders TV.

The first 10,000 fans take home a Rick DiPietro mini-bobblehead this Saturday, when the Islanders host the Atlanta Thrashers at 7:05 pm…Purchase Tickets Here

You won't be able to take the actual Rick DiPietro home with you, but the first 10,000 fans attending the Islanders-Atlanta Thrashers game this Saturday at 7:05 pm can take home a GEICO mini-bobblehead of Rick DiPietro. The All-Star netminder is the third and final installment of the Islanders 2007-08 mini-bobblehead collection, which has already featured Mike Sillinger and Bill Guerin.

The Islanders look to get back in the playoff hunt as they meet Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Hossa and the Atlanta Thrashers.

To purchase individual game tickets, click here or visit the Coliseum box office, the Islanders
Team Store at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville or call Ticketmaster at 631.888.9000.

Click here to purchase tickets today!

NYI Host 2nd Siller Foundation Night
Fans can help local burn centers and win a Coliseum luxury suite

Honor fallen firefighter and hero Stephen Siller and support the New York, Nassau, and Suffolk Firefighters Burn Center Foundations by purchasing tickets, starting at just $20, to the Islanders-Atlanta Thrashers game at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, February 16 at 7 pm.

On one of the most tragic days in history, men and women sacrificed their lives to come to the rescue of those in mortal danger. That is why the Islanders are proud to support The Stephen Siller Foundation, formed in honor of firefighter, Stephen, who took his final heroic steps as he ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center to help save others.

The Stephen Siller Foundation is known for restoring hope to the New York area, post 9/11, and once again is reaching out to continue that legacy. This foundation is best known for “The Tunnel-to-Towers Run” that takes place the last Sunday in September.  The sole purpose of the Stephen Siller Foundation is to honor the legacy of love given to the Siller family through Stephen.  They do this by paying tribute to his heroic life and death, his 342 FDNY brothers, and all those who lost on 9/11, through the annual Tunnel-to-Towers Run.  The Stephen Siller Foundation supports the Pediatric Unit of the NYC Firefighter Burn Center and burn centers throughout the nation.  They strive to help children who have lost one or both parents through local community awards and contribution to organizations with a like mission, including children of Firefighters, Policemen, EMS, and Military who lost a parent in the line of duty. For the 2nd year, the Islanders have teamed with the Foundation to raise money for your local Firefighters Burn Centers. This is where Islanders fans can help.

For the Islanders game against the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday, February 16th, we’re asking you, the fans, to buy tickets through the Foundation to help raise funds for your local Burn Center. All net proceeds will be donated to the New York, Nassau, and Suffolk Burn Center Foundations.

The first 10,000 fans will receive a mini Rick DiPietro bobblehead courtesy of GEICO.

Special seats have been reserved for the February 16th game, so don’t miss out on this great night!

The person that purchases the most tickets to this event, by February 15th, will receive their very own luxury box that seats 12, to be used the night of the event.

So please join the New York Islanders team in continuing the legacy of Stephen Siller, and all who fought for our freedom on 9/11.  

Ticket prices start at just $20, and can be purchased by calling 1.800.882.ISLES EXT. 3 or e-mailing

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