So for my first town hearing i came away with this immpression, people can become extreamly nasty while expressing their opinion or when they disapaprove of yours. It started off with further questioning of some Lighthouse consultents folllowed up by comments, questions, concerns and support of the Lighthouse Project. That 2 hour period went pretty much like this, supporters went up there got thunderus applouse and cheers while opponents were greeted by boos and jeers including a 16 year girl who had the guts to go up and express her concerns. People from all walks of life spoke including a few high school juniors and seniors who were mostly in support of the Project. Anyway for more in depth coverage check out Let There Be Light(house) and here are pics from tonights meeting.
Tonight the Islanders take on the Los Angelas Kings in Kansas City. The game, which was speculated to be a threat to the Town of Hempstead as a wake up call is said to have struggled selling tickets only managing an estimated crowd of 10,000 people.
Here is tonigts lineup (according to Newsday):
Forwards: Sim, Bailey, Moore, Romano, Hunter, Joensuu, Jackman, Haley, Martin, Thompson, Tambellini, Haskins
Defenseman: Sutton, Hillen, Meyer, Gervais, Westgarth, Kohn
Goalies: Roloson, Lawson
Last night the Islanders made several cuts, sending Jyri Niemi and Kevin Poulin were sent back to juniors and Robin Figren and Mikko Koskinen were sent down to Bridgeport.
Finaly the Zoning hear for the Lighthouse Project is going on as i type this, the days events have been an up and down for supporters and hockey fans alike. I will hopefully be making the trip out their for the 6:00 session. Check back later for the developments from the hearing.
Thursday's incident during the Flames-Islanders game has once again sparked the age old debate, is preseason really necessary? This is a topic that rolls around each year like the flue, after a big name player for some team goes down in a preseason game with some sort season changing, bone rattling injury. The argument mostly stems from football and hockey due to their intense physical game play and proved no different following the earth rattling hit laid on Kyle Okposo.
So after the game was over and the Flames had one, that same pesky question reemerged, is preseason really necessary? The answer is so simply put, Yes it is.
Preseason is a job interview for prospects to make their mark on a team or make a stab for an open spot. The intent is to pick out the best players and put them on the ice to compete everyday, just like a corporationor business who want to find the best of the best employees. They wouldn't just pick people without seeing how they can handle a real situation they would face out in the field of that profession and the same goes for hockey clubs. preseason is a bonafide interview extended out to several games to see how the 40 plus guys that are invited can handle themselves during a game. A game in which involves all the aspects of a regular season game, skillful play, enthusiastic crowds, fights and hard hits. Those last two are what freak fans out the most, cause those fights or hard hits can detrimentally effect a major player on their team.no comments