on the club's upcoming training camp.
Ted Nolan, former head coach of the Quebec Major Hockey League's Moncton Wildcats, brings his NHL New York Islanders to town next Thursday to launch a full 10-day training camp set for the city's Tim Hortons 4-Ice Centre.
This year, all team practices and scrimmages -- set for 9 a.m. to noon every day from Friday, Sept. 14 to 21 inclusive -- are free, said 4-Ice manager Warren Frizzell at a morning news conference yesterday.
The Islanders touch down at Greater Moncton International Airport Thursday night and officially launch the camp at 8 a.m. at the Moncton Coliseum at a breakfast hosted by retired Islanders superstar Michel (Mike) Bossy, now the team's director of corporate relations.
According to Ian Fowler, the City of Moncton's manager of recreation, parks, tourism and culture, Bossy will be joined by an entire crew of Islanders alumni including Benoit Hogue, Bob Bourne, fellow superstar Bryan Trottier and others.
The Islanders are also putting together a 'rookie squad' that will play two games at the Moncton Coliseum with Atlantic Canada's two best university teams.
The Times & Transcript, a sponsor of this event, will publish a schedule of events in a two-page insert in the Sept. 13 edition of the newspaper, which naturally will be waiting for the Islanders at their rooms at the Beausejour Hotel.
The entire team is coming to the camp including 60 players, coaching and support staff -- 100 people in all.
Fowler said 15 news media organizations from New York are along for the ride, including New York's major papers, the Fox television network and other New York regional radio and television.