Spots Opened on Montreal Trip

Hello Boosters,

We have spots that opened up for the Montreal trip, on March 28.

In order to come on a trip, you MUST be a Booster Club member.  We will need a $150 deposit as soon as possible, in order to secure your spot.  You can send this money via Zelle, PayPal or Venmo to gharding14@gmail.com

This trip will be an entire weekend that includes a bus ride to Montreal from Northwell Ice Center – one night stay at the Novotel Montreal – located about 2 1/2 blocks from the arena, and tickets for the game.  If you need any further information – please email me. Hope you can join us!

NYIBC – Visible in the ESD Meeting

Last week was a fantastic week, if you are an Islanders fan.  No, you did not see a free agent signing; no, you did not see a trade happening.

However, a new home for our beloved hockey club, is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Last week – the Empire State Development Corporation approved the $1.3 Billion dollar plan to make 43 acres of land at the Belmont Park facility, the new home of Long Island’s major professional sports franchise.

And the Booster Club was there.

President Claire Harding, and three generations from one family, John D’Errico, Stacie Moisa and Kimberly Moisa, were asked by the organization to attend the meeting, and be a part of the speakers, advising the ESD to move forward with the project. Islander co-owner Jon Ledecky was quite emotional when he got up to speak, mentioning the fans that came to support the project, and advised everyone there, that this project would be a destination for all Long Islanders, and that the Isles deserved this project.

The vote was unanimously approved, with the final vote for approval happening in Albany on Tuesday.  Once that vote is finalized, then the next step would be to break ground and have the process being to get the new home of the New York Islanders starting.

 

NYI Booster Club Meeting – March 4

(Lindsay A. Mogle/Utica Comets)

Our next meeting of the New York Islanders Booster Club will be on Monday, March 4th – at 7PM.  The meeting will take place at the Northwell Health Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

New York Islanders Play by Play announcer Brendan Burke will be our guest.  If you are planning to attend, please get there early, as our meeting will start on time – as our guest is on a timeline (dictated by his young children… LOL!).

There will be a short bit of club business, before Brendan will speak.

Hope to see you there.

 

NYIBC Group Outing – March 24th vs Arizona

The Booster Club are having two Group Outings to see the team play ay NYCB Live this season.

The second game is on Sunday, March 24th – when the Blue and Orange take on Michael Grabner and the Desert Dogs of Arizona.  We will have tickets to sell in the 200 section (we will know specifics shortly).  The cost for these tickets are $55 a piece.  In order to purchase, you MUST be a member.

If you are interested, please e-mail Booster Club President Claire Harding (nyibcprez@gmail.com).

NYIBC Group Outing – February 1 vs Tampa

The Booster Club are having two Group Outings to see the team play ay NYCB Live this season.

The first game is on Friday, February 1st – when the Blue and Orange take on Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.  We will have tickets to sell in the 200 section (we will know specifics shortly).  The cost for these tickets are $55 a piece.  In order to purchase, you MUST be a member.

If you are interested, please e-mail Booster Club President Claire Harding (nyibcprez@gmail.com).

NYI BOOSTER CLUB MEETING – 10/25

 

On Thursday, October 25th – the NYIBC had their initial meeting of the season, at the Northwell Ice Center in East Meadow.  We were honored to have new Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello be our guest.

He spent about an hour walking up and down the room, answering questions  with a great deal of honesty, candor and at times with great humor.  He provided the vision of what he wants to see from the team for this season, and beyond.  He really feels that this team can compete now, despite the changes made, but he thinks it will be about 20 games before he gets a real strong idea of where they stand.

Lou4He spent a good deal of time talking about the John Tavares scenario.  Paraphrasing his comments:

First of all, Let me Just say that John is a Tremendous Human being. He’s a terrific Player, A Very Hard worker, has an Incredible Personality and is an Incredible Human being. He spent “X” amount of years with the Islanders and he earned his right to be a Free Agent. He took advantage of his Opportunity and went to where he felt he had the best chance to win. It’s like when your Child finishes High School and has to choose where they want to go to College. They earned that right to choose what school they want to go to. John did what was best for him and his family. Ownership at the time wanted to keep John around and thought they could keep him. I know it’s hard for the fans, but I know that this was a very difficult for John as well. It wasn’t an easy decision for him to make.

He dispelled some rumors – for example – Russian prospect Ilya Sorokin – there was talk that he was not coming over with former GM Garth Snow in charge; Lou said that was 100% false.  We also found out that Doug Weight is no longer with the organization and Snow is the Senior Advisor to Lamoriello.

He had some nice things to say about new Islanders netminder Robin Lehner :

On Lehner: I’ve known Robin since his time in Sweden and throughout his career. I knew he was struggling the past couple of seasons. We decided to give him a call, Fly him in and talk to him. He was Determined and motiviated. Barry Trotz had a conversation with him as well and when we signed Robin, He immediately moved to the Island.

The following was commentary on Thomas Greiss:

Thomas is a Terrific young man, He is a Family Guy, His work ethic is exceptional and I feel like he can help this team. A Player can not be judged based on one bad season. I remember when I was in New Jersey, I would have conversations with Martin Brodeur and I would ask him “Does the Puck look like a Golf Ball or a Basketball today?” and he would tell me what it would look like after that game. Some games, He would tell me it would look like a Golf Ball and a Basketball the next few. You need to have faith in your players, if you don’t have faith in them because they had a bad year, you won’t get the most out of them.

He talked about the fact that in order for a team to win – it is like a pyramid – each piece supports one another.  If one part cracks, or crumbles, another piece is there to support the weight.  You need to have the right amount of chemistry and not only on the ice, but in the locker room as well.

He saw some of the plans for the new building at Belmont – and he is real pleased with how it is going to look, and knows that the players and the fans will love and embrace the new facility.

The Booster Club thanks Lou for coming to visit us.  We know that we believe in the three time Stanley Cup Champion manager, and knows he is doing what it takes to make the Islanders a strong entity once again.

 

Toronto Trip – December 29, 2018

The Booster Club is really looking forward to a great season.  With half of the games to be played at the old Barn, the excitement level is very high. From a club standpoint, we are hoping to better serve our members and maximize your membership experience.

One of the perks of membership in the club, is ROADTRIPS!!!  In recent years, the schedule has not been good to us as far as Saturday Night games on the road.  To be honest, this has hurt our Membership.  This season is different!!  For the first time in 26 years, we have a game on a Saturday Night in TORONTO!

The ticket situation in Toronto is difficult to say the least.  All seats in the arena are Season Ticket Holders ONLY.  There is no ‘group’ seating.  However, we have found that there is “GONDOLA” seating available!   These are like a suite, where we can have up to about 57 people and includes your ticket as well as unlimited food and soft drinks.  This is the ONLY way for us to get into the game.  WE HAVE ARRANGED TO RENT ONE FOR THE GAME ON DECEMBER 29TH!!!  (HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!)

 Following are the details:

Bus ride to and from Long Island (LEAVING FRIDAY NIGHT & RETURNING LATE SUNDAY)

One-night hotel stay (within 8-10 minute walk to the arena and the Hockey Hall of Fame)

Gondola Ticket for the Game

Limit 50 people on the bus

We are looking at about $340 per person based on Double occupancy, $315 for Triple, $305 for Quad, and $425 for a Single.  This is an approximate cost and is based on 50 tickets sold.  We hope to finalize the costs as soon as we get further details from Toronto.  At this time, we will need a commitment!  A $100 DEPOSIT PER PERSON will reserve your spot.  This is necessary as we will need to give Toronto a deposit to hold the Gondola, reserve the bus and hotel.   ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE MEMBERS OF THE CLUB– NO EXCEPTIONS!

If you are interested, please e-mail me as soon as possible. My e-mail address is gharding14@gmail.com.  You can also text me at 631-708-6425.