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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
"We definitely all feel like Long Islanders now for sure,'' said John Tavares, who took the Long Island Rail Road to Brooklyn and said he and nearly all his teammates will do so all season. "The coaches drove in early this morning and it was a couple hours, so the train is the best option. It's a different experience we'll all enjoy, I think.''...
The players who commuted in Monday morning got hotel rooms so they could rest during the afternoon. It's going to be an adjustment, for sure.
Nikolay Kulemin and Kirill Petrov said it's been a while since they took a train to a game. "Once, in juniors,'' Petrov said in Russian, with Kulemin translating. "Twenty-four-hour ride.''
more on the Islanders...
"Obviously a lot more people found out about my mistake than other people's daily ones, but I definitely take ownership. I don't think there's anyone to blame . . . it's embarrassing."
-Joshua Ho-Sang on being late for the Islanders' first day of camp. More from Tom Dinki of Newsday.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
"Enough with the bull. It's time to grow up."
Those were the harsh words Islanders general manager Garth Snow had Saturday about Josh Ho-Sang, the Isles' talented prospect whom Snow dismissed from training camp on Friday morning. Ho-Sang overslept and missed the shuttle to get to IceWorks for the first day of camp, causing Snow to come down hard on the 19-year-old forward.
Snow would not elaborate on the punishment, but a team source told Newsday that Ho-Sang was forced to run the stairs at Nassau Coliseum for three hours on Friday before the general manager verbally dressed Ho-Sang down and sent him back to Niagara of the Ontario League.
"He's obviously very talented, but talent isn't the issue," Snow told Newsday. "It's about becoming a professional and acting like one. Hopefully he takes this lesson and learns from it. It's really up to him now -- we can't do anything else for him in this area."
added 2:55pm, Below, watch Ho-Sang speaking about his new attitude at Canada's WJ summer camp.
added 12:34pm, Toronto release is below...
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
The clock is ticking for the Islanders and restricted free agent Brock Nelson, who is still without a contract as Thursday's start of training camp looms.
With that kind of pressure, there should be some negotiating between the two camps, but Nelson's agent, Ron Salcer, said that is far from the case.
"We haven't heard from them in six weeks," Salcer told Newsday on Monday. "Garth [Snow, the Islanders' general manager] and I talked six weeks ago after they made an offer, which was nowhere near commensurate with what players like Brock are making. Garth said he'd get back to me and that was it. No negotiations whatsoever."
A look back at the storied career and life of New York Islanders legendary coach and Hall-of-Famer Al Arbour, who passed away at the age of 82.
Watch the 7 1/2 minutes video below...
NEW YORK (Aug. 28, 2015) -- National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Hockey Hall of Famer Al Arbour:
“The National Hockey League deeply mourns the passing of Al Arbour, revered head coach of the dynastic New York Islanders.
"A four-time Stanley Cup champion as a player and a brilliant motivator and tactician as a coach, Al Arbour directed the Islanders' rapid transformation from expansion team to NHL powerhouse -- guiding them to four straight Stanley Cup championships, five consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Final and an astounding 19 consecutive playoff series victories. As it grieves the loss of a profound influence on coaching and on the game itself, the NHL sends its heartfelt condolences to Al's family and friends, to his former teammates and to all the players he mentored."
The hockey career of Al Arbour...
from the Hockey Hall of Fame,
Alger Joseph Arbour was one of the most successful head coaches in NHL history. As of 1996 his career totals of 1,606 games behind the bench and 781 victories trailed only Scotty Bowman in the record books. Arbour's guidance contributed significantly to the New York Islanders' rapid ascent to competitive status and subsequent run of four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980 to 1983.
Born on November 1, 1932 in Sudbury, Ontario, Arbour played defence on the junior Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey Association. He distinguished himself as a junior and was signed by the Detroit Red Wings. Arbour gained his professional baptism of fire with the Edmonton Flyers of the Western Hockey League in 1952-53. He split the next four years between Edmonton, Detroit and Sherbrooke of the Quebec Senior League.
In 1957-58 Arbour enjoyed his first full NHL campaign in the red and white of the Wings. Following that season he was claimed by the Chicago Blackhawks where he toiled for three years including a Stanley Cup triumph in 1961. Arbour next played four seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and earned his second Stanley Cup ring in 1962. After spending the 1966-67 season off the ice, he returned to add experience and stability to the defence corps of the expansion St. Louis Blues in 1967-68. Early in the 1970-71 season,he retired as a player with in excess of 600 games played and almost fourteen years of service to his credit.
Upon retiring, Arbour was immediately hired to stand in as the coach of the Blues for the remainder of the 1970-71 campaign. Over the last 50 games of the schedule the team responded well by posting a 21-15-14 mark before losing to the Minnesota North Stars in the Stanley Cup quarterfinals.
added 12:25pm, via the New York Islanders...
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