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From the moment he walked into the dressing room at the North Bay Memorial Gardens on Sept. 17, Ken ‘Jiggs’ McDonald felt like he was right at home.
The Georgian Bay area resident, NHL broadcaster and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee made the trip north to do a little pre-planning.
“It gets the juices going and makes you wish they would get the puck dropped for real and I could get back to the booth,” said McDonald, while watching the Islanders and Atlanta Thrashers battle it out in front of 4,100 fans.
On July 1, Mike Sillinger was as disappointed as anyone in the Islanders’ organization to learn that his friend Ryan Smyth had signed with Colorado rather than accept a slightly better offer from the Isles. As one of Smyth’s partners in a British Columbia real estate development and as alternate captain, Sillinger had pushed for “Captain Canada” to become “Captain Islander.”
“Even with me, he kept everything inside,” Sillinger said. “He kept his private stuff private between him and his family and his agent. I had no idea he was going to sign with Colorado. When he did sign, he told me the Islanders were one of his teams to the very end….”
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As he approaches his 26th birthday Wednesday, DiPietro acknowledged he’s also trying to do more to control his impulsiveness in the locker room in an effort to demonstrate more leadership.
“I definitely want to become someone the guys can rely on and count on for support,” DiPietro said. “I’m a competitive person, and I have a tendency to have a short fuse with guys sometimes. That’s something, as a leader, that you just can’t do….”
more on Rick…
from On the Islanders Beat,
The Isles’ arrival was the good news yesterday on the front page of the Moncton Times & Transcript right next to the tragic news of the funerals for three of the four local 16-year-old boys who died in a terrible traffic accident last Saturday. The fourth service will be held today in nearby Beresford, and the Islanders are exploring ways to make a goodwill gesture to aid a community in mourning.
For some, the opening of hockey season will provide an escape from their grief. Moncton has scheduled a Hockey Night in Downtown celebration tonight, featuring a parade led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police band and players from the Islanders as well as four local university and youth teams. On Saturday, there will be a Road Hockey Challenge for kids ages 5 to 10 to launch the opening of the season for the Wildcats, now coached by Danny Flynn, who was Nolan’s top assistant last season with the Islanders and previously in juniors with Moncton and Sault Ste. Marie.
from Barry Melrose Rocks,
It’s safe to say that the New York Islanders are all for class participation. From their famous Blog in a Box, to the numerous fan articles that they publish through various mediums, there’s no doubt that they love to hear what the public has to say. In another very unique move, the Islanders have acquired an internet fan forum to become the team’s official message board/fan forum/gripe fest for their website.
It’s that kind of grace under fire - not to mention the ability to wear a midriff crop top with pride (hey, every job has its dress requirements) - that Beach no doubt was looking for at the tryouts, held at Islanders’ Iceworks, the team’s practice facility in Syosset.
“We have nothing but fun,” says Kelli, 24, of Manhasset, who had the well-publicized showdown with Lundqvist. (For privacy, the Islanders do not release last names.)
She just rolls her eyes when asked about the incident. “It’s all behind me,” she said. “I’m moving on, starting fresh.”
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Read more on the new squad at the Islanders website…
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
Center Josef Vasicek is listed at 6’5”, while defenseman Andy Sutton is listed at 6’6”.
Granted, both of these guys have solid upside potential, but only time will tell how they will do as Isles….
Neither of these guys are saviors, or players that will put the Isles over the top, but Garth Snow is building a team suited for Ted Nolan’s coaching style.
The question is, with so many faces, can this team play as a team?
In fashion, you are either in or out. This apparently applies to the garb of sports teams, too, as the Islanders yesterday announced a brand new jersey and ousted their beloved old shirt, which has been around for close to a decade.
It’s not exactly that the team wanted a new shirt. In fact, the Islanders’ reputation for changing uniforms is a bit tainted, after the famously reviled fisherman logo (it had a resemblance to a famous seafood label) that surfaced in 1995 and sunk like a lead weight in 1996. This time around the change is a mandate from the National Hockey League. Every team in the league is getting a fashion makeover.
“The League sat down and brainstormed about what would be the biggest improvement for the game and the uniform was first and foremost,” said Keith Leach, director of NHL Uniforms for Reebok, the company responsible for the overhaul.
At least one fashion expert was not that taken with the new look.
“I love that it’s more fitted. Skinny is definitely a menswear trend and very hot. Hated, hated, hated the tie on the neckline,” said Nina Garcia, Elle Magazine’s fashion director and the very vocal and sometimes tough judge on Bravo hit show, “Project Runway.” “I don’t really get it unless there’s some functional reason for it. It looks like a little boy’s shirt. I love the numbers on the front and some of the color blocking. Other than that I think they should have left it alone. It’s overly designed and too busy.”
continued...and isn’t it a “jersey?”
You can see the history of the Islander jersey here, including the new one…
Continuing to shore up at center, the Islanders have signed free agent Joseph Vasicek to a one-year deal. The 6-foot-4 Vasicek, a native of Slovakia, was 19-26-45 in 82 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season.
from On the Islanders Beat,
After a long summer shopping for defensive help, it appears Islanders general manager Garth Snow has just about zeroed in on his man. Turns out he was kind of hard to miss.
Snow was working late this evening in an effort to put the finishing touches on a multi-year contract for 6-6, 245-pound defenseman Andy Sutton.
added 7:46pm, As Robert pointed out in the comments, it is now official at the Islanders website.
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