Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Isles step up for Lighthouse Cup

We all know how much the Islanders do for the local community -- just check out their website -- but here's one you may not have heard about.

The annual Long Island high school ice hockey all-star game was the Vytra Cup, and it matched the best in Suffolk County against the top players from Nassau in a showdown on the Nassau Coliseum ice. Well, with little notice, Vytra pulled its sponsorship of the game, putting the annual event -- which is a tremendous opportunity for these kids -- in jeopardy.

The Islanders didn't allow that to happen, stepping in as the game's sponsor and renaming it the Lighthouse Cup. The game will be played on Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) at 5 p.m., after the Islanders' 2 p.m. game against the Hurricanes. And the Islanders aren't just sponsoring the game, they are broadcasting it LIVE on their website on Islanders TV for anyone who can't make it in person.

That's a tremendous move by the Islanders to support Long Island hockey and give as many people as possible the chance to enjoy it. So why not take in a holiday matinee and stick around to see the best young players in Nassau and Suffolk face off? Now THAT's an afternoon of entertainment.

I'll of course be rooting for Suffolk, which will have my buddy Frank Pasquale of the Connetquot/Sayville T-Birds behind the bench.


islesblogger said...


I attended every cup game from the mid 90's up until 2002.

Once I stopped knowing players, it just wasn't the same. I played for Bethpage in High School.

Glad the Isles stepped up and saved something I looked forward to as a kid.

Michael Schuerlein

Anonymous said...

2008 SUFFOLK CO ALLSTAR TEAM IS BEING BROKEN UP.....22 of the 25 players currently on the team cannot make an exhibition game this Sat 1/12/08 due to prior obligations with travel teams that they players are on. The coach of the Suffolk Co team KNEW THIS & told the boys he would reschedule the game...now the boys are being told if the don't go to the exhibition game THEY ARE OFF THE ALLSTAR TEAM...What is this teaching these boys about commitment & follow thru? They joined the travel teams before the Allstar team. And when they signed the commitment to make every practice & game for the Allstar team they advised the coach of the their travel team obligations ...HE SAID HE WOULD TAKE CARE OF IT...now he is going back on his word...and it's not just 1 or 2 kids...but 22 of 25...of which only 20 will even get to sit on the bench at the Nassau Coliseum.....ISLANDERS PLEASE STEP IN & HELP!!!!!!

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