Details of the Islanders’ first complete training camp in Nassau County in a long time are starting to surface, and the news is good for the die-hards. The Islanders have turned the fiasco of their cancelled trip to China into a public relations positive.
The majority of 2010 training camp will be held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. There are plans to have at least one weekend session per week opened to the public.
With “Sesame Street Live” booked at the Coliseum from Sept. 16-19, Scott Gordon’s team will work out at Islanders Iceworks in Syosset. Since no other major events are scheduled for the arena until Oct. 8 (Slayer and Megadeth with Anthrax!), the Islanders will be able to practice where they play their games. With the road trip shortened from China to Uniondale, media coverage will be a lot stronger. The fans will get the occasional peek, too.
Stay tuned to the official team site for final details and a schedule. Although most of the roster is already decided by guaranteed contracts, the Islanders’ prospect base has deepened considerably over the last three drafts. This figures to be the most intriguing training camp since the Islanders’ veteran-based mini-revival a decade ago.
Okay, back to hiatus.