The selection of John Tavares by the New York Islanders No. 1 overall in last month's Entry Draft saw a boon of positive exposure focused on the team, after years of playing second fiddle to the New York Rangers and countless jokes about their possible future in another city.
Since Draft day, Islanders fans have shelled out countless dollars for season tickets and Tavares-related merchandise. At this past weekend's rookie camp, at the Islanders training facility Ice Works, was packed with fans trying to get their first look at the new face of the franchise on the ice; with some arriving 3-4 hours before it started to ensure themselves a spot inside.
According to a source familiar with the 2009-10 NHL schedule, those same fans will get the opportunity to see Tavares sporting an Islanders jersey in a more meaningful way when the team kicks off its much-anticipated 2009-10 season at home on Oct. 3 at Nassau Coliseum: That's when Tavares will reportedly face-off against the defendingRead More »from Source: Tavares era in New York begins against Cup champs