's youth ice hockey players participated in The Islander's 4th annual Kids Hockey Jamboree on Sunday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Over 1,000 boys and girls took to the ice from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. in three age groups "mini-mites (ages 4-6), mites (ages 7-8) and squirts (ages 9-10)" from 12 metro area rinks got to participate in 10-minute "cross-ice games" simultaneously on three rinks on the Coliseum ice with a break for an Islanders practice, autograph signing and souvenirs.
Children got to meet and greet their favorite Islanders for autographs and souvenirs before the team headed out on the ice for a practice session in front of an adoring crowd. The professionals demonstrated skills in addition to emphasizing that they also had to do warm-ups exercises before playing.
The event continues to grow in popularity since it began 4 years ago, according to Islanders Vice President of Operations Tim Beach.
“Every year participation in this event increases, which shows the commitment that all Long Islanders have towards expanding upon the numerous youth hockey grassroots programs offered in the area," Beach said.