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by Paul on 07/08/12 at 02:34 PM ET
from Travis Betts at the New York Islanders website,
For those fortunate enough to play on Long Island, there is no question as to the commitment between team management, the fans and the players. It’s also no secret that Long Island itself, with its beautiful beaches, gorgeous golf courses, superb school systems and proximity to New York City, is a great place to call home.
But those same attractions remain a secret kept from most visiting players. The majority of teams stay at the Marriott Hotel, just across the parking lot from 40-year-old Nassau Coliseum, the oldest building in the National Hockey League, and see little more than the walk to the arena and the visitors’ dressing room.
Islanders Assistant Coach and Senior Advisor to the General Manager Doug Weight, who came to the club as a player in 2008 after 18 NHL seasons with other teams, was admittedly naïve about the area he now calls home.
“You’d be surprised how little I knew,” Weight said. “When I played with the Rangers, I was just outside the city and most of my affairs were in the city. I knew what everyone else knew. I stayed in the hotel and I went and played the game, and generally we were right out after the game, so I didn’t know much about the Island.”
Not long after signing with the Islanders that summer, Weight, along with his wife and three kids, fell in love with the area.
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