Here is my schedule of activity for tomorrow:
Schedule for Media Day on September 12, 2013:
8:51 a.m.: Train carrying Islanders and media leaves Garden City station
9:35 a.m.: Team arrival, photo-op outside of the arena
9:40 a.m.: Team photo-op outside arena on Daily News Plaza
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Bruce Ratner and Brett Yormark to lead media on a tour of hockey set-up at Barclays Center
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Group A on ice.
11:45 a.m. – Live stream of practice begins on IslandersTV and www.barclayscenter.com.
12 p.m.: Lunch is available in the Honda Club
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Group B on ice
1:20 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.: Charles Wang, Garth Snow, Jack Capuano available for questions in the Ortsbo Interview Room
Looking forward to getting my chance to see the arena close up. Will have pictures to put up on here tomorrow night. Hope you check them out.
Also – congrats to Radek Martinek and Justin Johnson for getting PTO tryouts for the team.
Radek, a member of this team since 2002 (minus one year in Columbus) will get the chance to skate with the Blue and Orange again this season. Marty played in 13 games last season with the club, and two playoff contests. He has spent 466 of his 473 NHL games in an Islander uniform.
(With credits to Islanders.nhl.com)
Johnson, 32, signed a one-year deal with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers earlier this offseason. He spent the last three seasons with the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs, scoring 11 points (four goals, seven assists) with 392 penalty minutes in 103 games.
A native of Anchorage, AK, Johnson appeared in 190 career ECHL games from 2005-2010 with the Alaska Aces, Idaho Steelheads, Utah Grizzlies and Cincinnati Cyclones. Johnson led the ECHL in penalty minutes in 2008-09 with 259. Prior to his professional career, he played four seasons of college hockey at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.