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Islanders hosting international tournament

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The New York Islanders will host the second annual Lighthouse International Tournament, a pee-wee level event that features teams from around the world.

The event, which started Feb. 18, runs through Feb. 23. Games are being played throughout Long Island, including at Islanders Ice Works and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Lighthouse Tournament features eight teams, including two each from China (Qiqihar and Harbin) and Ilves-Hockey of Finland, and one from Japan. Two squads come from Long Island -- Cantiague Park in Hicksville in Nassau County, and The Rinx in Hauppauge in Suffolk County. Also participating is a team from Abe Starck Arena in Brooklyn.

"Our goal is to create a once-in-a-lifetime, cross-cultural experience for all of the participants," said Islanders President Chris Dey.

The medal round will be played Feb. 21 at Nassau Coliseum. Also, there will be Friendship Games at 9 a.m. on Feb. 23 at Iceworks. The games will feature players from the five international teams mixed together.

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