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Written by Christian A. | 29 August 2009

Welcome to the Islanders Hockey Blog, first off id like to welcome the regular readers from Islanders Crazy to the new site. I'm extremely excited to have joined the Bloguin Network and once again would like to thank Dave and the entire Bloguin team for doing such an amazing job on my site and for all their help during the set up. Islanders Hockey Blog will provide the same great Isles Coverage along with new NHL coverage which will be handled by Eric Ritter who has recently Joined the blog. His NHL insight will give readers a broader view of hockey along with the Islanders material i provide and soon hope to have a few more bloggers on board. So Expect videos, insight pictures and much more as Islanders Hockey Blog enters its first full season. we're sort of like Kyle Okposo, got the call up late in the season and then stay with the big club the following season. Hopefully we have just as good of a first full year as he had. So for Eric Ritter and myself i would like to welcome everyone to the Islanders Hockey Blog. no comments

Written by Eric Ritter | 30 September 2009

Hello all.  Hopefully you've been seeing my team by team prediction videos on hockeytube.com/us/ or at least on my Youtube channel.  Today I uploaded my final preseason video, the video which reveals my 16 playoff teams, two conference winners, and 2010 Stanley Cup Champions.  Here it is, please enjoy and leave feedback.  Thanks everyone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci-seh_xoJc

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Written by Christian A. | 30 November 2009

NHL Arena is holding an Isles Blog-off and IHB is in the hunt to move onto the next round. We are asking all readers to

A. register on NHL Arena and then vote for us there

OR

B. If you are already registered vote for us.

We need all the support we can get to move on to the next round. Help us in our hunt to win and ROCK THE VOTE. (couldn't resist)

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Written by Christian A. | 29 October 2009

Today while searching for videos of the fights that took place at the Islanders/Rangers game Wednesday night, I stumbled upon a video, thatfor some reason made me very agitated. Watch the video and then continue:

WhatI did not realize after watching this video was who shot it, if you read the video title it says Opie's Eye. If you don't pick up on it, don't worry neither did I untillI followed the links. It was none other than Opie, from the Opie and Anthony show on XM satellite radio.

Opie, who attended the game, was embarrassed by the "minor league" Chuck-A-Puck promotion the Islanders had during the intermission. You can hear in thevideoOpie and his friendgiving their input on it, "Stupid" and"This isminor League Shit." Opiealso tweeted, "I'm so embarrassed by what they did between periods at the Islander game last night."If you think about it,it sort of is in a way, most NHL teams to my knowldegedo not have anything like this, but can be seen in many AHL and other junior league arenas. It was seen back at the coliseum when ths Sound Tigers played the Penguins in the AHL playoffs and seemed to be a big hit. So i assume the Islanders brass thought they'd try it out with the Isles.

What irks me about these comments is, whats the big deal? Is ourhockey team judged on their in game promotions or their play on the ice. I look as these comments and see someone who is way too nit picky about every single detail and needs to just lighten up.Going to a game is suppose to be a fun, family friendly experience and whileit may get out ofhand (especially atan Isles/Ragsgame) the promotions and in game entertainment is geared toward that. If that is "minor league" than so be it, if it's stupid so be it,this is one areai have to say, just let itgo forgod's sake. IS IT THAT BIG OF A DEAL.

For the record though this was not aimed at Opie in particular, he just had the remarks that inspired this post. Also their is one thing i would suggest doing, maybe give the arena hostes a pair flat shoes and a pairof jeans (or atleast a longer skirt). Come on how is she really suppose to walk the ice and bend over to pick up a puck without having to try (really hard)not to show more than she wants to.

 

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Written by Christian A. | 31 December 2009

With the decade coming to a close (well kinda) we here at Islanders Hockey Blog complied a list of what we felt were the top 10 most important and memoriable moments of the last ten years. We would love to hear what our readers think so if you disagree with some of our choices then please feel free to write in the Coment box what you would have added and taken off. So with out any further ado hear is our top 12.

10. 2004-2005 NHL LOCK OUT

Yes,this was more of a major moment for the entire league, but it still deserves recognition. Any time an entire NHL season is cancelled that is a major moment for any team. This also allowed the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers the opportunity to play two home games at the Nassau Coliseum due to the absence of NHL hockey.

9. Al Arbour Night 2007

For one night in 2007 Islanders legend Al Arbour stepped behind the Islanders bench once more to coach a new generation of Islanders. With the Coliseum sold out you knew it would be a memorable night. On this night the Islanders fell behind 2-0 in the second period, but in classic Islanders fashion they would storm back. At 8:20 in the second, Trent Hunter would score the first Islanders goal cutting the Pittsburgh in half. Then at 5:30 in the third Miroslav Satan tied it. Finally with 2:41 remaining in the game Miro Satan would fire home the rebound to clinch the win for the Islanders and Al Arbour. Following the game 16,234 fans witnessed a new banner go up for Al reading 1500, for the record amount of games he has coached.

8. Drafting Rick Dipietro

The Islanders made history in 2000, drafting Boston University goaltender Rick Dipietro number one for the first time in NHL history. Earlier the Islanders traded away goalies Kevin weeks and future Olympian Roberto Luango to Tampa and Florida. Thus making the pick even more important to the Organization at the time. “It feels unbelievable,” Dipietro said about being the Islanders future. “It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s something really want to be able to jump into and handle and I think it will be a great fit.” Dipietro ha yet to play a game in the 2009-2010 season because of injury the past two seasons.

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