Yeah, well, like, none of you can skate as fast as Michael Grabner, so, you know, just give up, man.
The New York Islanders announced the dates, time slots and rookie invitees for September's training camp, so plan your
sick days and dental appointments lunch breaks accordingly. The rookie camp begins the week prior, on Sept. 10.
Sept. 12-13 will feature two rookie squad games vs. the Bruins at Nassau [gloriously unsponsored] Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m., but only the Tuesday, Sept. 13 game is open to the public. Season ticket holders get free admission to that one, while the general public will be charged a $10 donation to the Islanders Children’s Foundation.
The full schedule and the invitees for that rookie camp are reposted below. Obviously that means rookie pros and juniors, so NCAA "amateurs, Dude" like Anders Lee and Brock Nelson won't be there. No, not Cody Rosen either.
But the rest of the rookie roster is chock-full of the prospect pipeline and recent AHL free agent additions. The battle will be on.
The Islanders also added that beginning Saturday, Sept. 17, the full training camp roster will split into two squads and on-ice sessions will take place between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. It's not specified in the release which, if any, of those sessions will be open to the public. But it's a good bet you will not be able to view player physicals, nor commercial video shoots of strapping young bodies in chains. Sorry.
(Schedule subject to change)
|Sat.||Sept. 10||11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Rookie Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|Sun.||Sept. 11||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Rookie Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|Mon.||Sept. 12||7:00 p.m.||Rookie Game vs. BOSTON||Nassau Coliseum
(closed to public)
|Tues.||Sept. 13||7:00 p.m.||Rookie Game vs. BOSTON||Nassau Coliseum|
|Wed.||Sept. 14||1:10 p.m.||Islanders Children’s
Foundation Golf Outing
|10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Rookie Practice||Iceworks|
|Thurs.||Sept. 15||TBD||Rookie Practice||Iceworks|
|Fri.||Sept. 16||7 a.m.||Player Physicals||Nassau Coliseum|
|Sat.||Sept. 17||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Iceworks|
|Sun.||Sept. 18||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Off-ice Workout||Iceworks|
|Mon.||Sept. 19||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Iceworks|
|Tues.||Sept. 20||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|Wed.||Sept. 21||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|Thurs.||Sept. 22||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|Fri.||Sept. 23||7:00 p.m.||@ BOSTON||TD BANK GARDEN|
|Sat.||Sept. 24||7:00 p.m.||vs. NEW JERSEY||NASSAU COLISEUM|
|Sun.||Sept. 25||9:00 a.m.||Community Event||Adventureland|
|Mon.||Sept. 26||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||TBD|
|Tues.||Sept. 27||9:00 p.m.||@ CALGARY||SCOTIA BANK SADDLEDOME|
|Wed.||Sept. 28||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|Thurs.||Sept. 29||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Iceworks|
|Fri.||Sept. 30||7:00 p.m.||@ NEW JERSEY||PRUDENTIAL CENTER|
|Sat.||Oct. 1||7:00 p.m.||vs. BOSTON||WEBSTER BANK ARENA|
|Mon.||Oct. 3||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Iceworks|
|Tues.||Oct. 4||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Iceworks|
|Wed.||Oct. 5||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|2011 Rookie Camp Attendees*|
|Justin DiBenedetto||Art Bidlevski||Mikko Koskinen|
|Casey Cizikas||Calvin de Haan||Anders Nilsson|
|Brett Gallant||Matt Donovan||Kevin Poulin|
|Kirill Kabanov||Mark Katic|
|Tyler McNeely||Brendan Kichton|
|Nino Niederreiter||Anton Klementyev|
|John Persson||Aaron Ness|
|Rhett Rakhshani||Benn Olson|
|Tony Romano||Andrey Pedan|
Holy cow, we're less than a month away.