Town officials and members of the town’s youth hockey league recently welcomed New York All-Time Great Ron Greschner to the Town of Oyster Bay’s Annual Family Skate Night and Awards Ceremony held at the ice skating center in Bethpage. The event wrapped up the Town of Oyster Bay’s youth hockey season and provides the opportunity to thank the coaches and families for their support of the program.
Ron Greschner played in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons (all with the Rangers). He scored 179 goals and 431 assists for 610 points. Greschner’s best offensive season was 1977–78, when he scored 24 goals and 48 assists for 72 points.
The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. (ucpn) Ninth Annual “Polar Bear Plunge” benefit fundraiser was held recently at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Beach and Marina in Oyster Bay. The day’s event featured brave souls taking the plunge into Oyster Bay Harbor to raise money for ucpn and its many outstanding programs and services. Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto has served as an Honorary Co-Chairman for the event since its inception.
Hicksville native Keith Cromwell ended his lacrosse career as the leading scorer in Rutgers University history and on March 1, Cromwell’s legacy was cemented as he was named to the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.
“I never imagined something like this, being inducted into the Long Island Hall of Fame after growing up here in Hicksville. It was a humbling experience,” said Cromwell, who moved back to Hicksville in 2006.
Kids of all ages are welcome to come play hockey at Cantiague Park in Hicksville, and this winter is no exception. Both shape-up sessions for those who want to get in shape for hockey season and tryout dates have been announced. The schedule, broken down by age group, is as follows:
Shape-Ups: March 13, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.; March 14, 6 to 7 p.m.; and March 16, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Tryouts: March 20, 6 to 7 p.m.; March 23, 8 to 9 a.m.; and March 27, 6 to 7 p.m.
Recently, 20 members from our local Hicksville Boys and Girls Club were treated to the opportunity to witness the greatly anticipated grudge match between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum.
Club members were awarded prime seating behind the goalie’s net, providing an action packed, exciting experience for the young teens. The rivalry did not disappoint as the two teams engaged in an aggressive, hard-fought battle – resulting in a stalemate for almost three complete periods. The Devils were able to turn up the intensity, scoring three goals in the final two minutes of the game, earning victory over the home Islanders by a score of 3-0.
Nick Rodriguez, goalkeeper, has been selected by the Super Y League and United Soccer League and will be attending the Super Y National ODP camp Feb. 21-24, held at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Nick has been involved in the Rough Riders programs since he was 8 years old and for the last two seasons has played on the 1998 Super Y team.
Nick currently plays for the Albertson 1998 USSF team and hopes to play for the Hicksville High School soccer program during the Fall 2013 season.
The New York Islanders’ winged mascot, Sparky the Dragon, is one of the National Hockey League’s 26 costumed creatures found within NHL arenas throughout North America.
The Islanders’ former mascot, Nyiles (pronounced Nigh-els), resembled the grizzly fisherman featured on the team’s jerseys in the mid-1990s. Sparky the Dragon served as the mascot for the New York Dragons (Arena Football League), who played their home games at the Nassau Coliseum before the team suspended operations in 2009. Sparky, a beloved member of the Nassau Coliseum family, swapped his football gear for a pair of ice skates and the rest is hockey history.
Don’t let the smile fool you, Anthony “Showtime” Karperis, a Hicksville native and Holy Trinity alum, is an up-and-coming junior welterweight in the boxing world.
The 24-year-old and 2008 Golden Glove winner recently took a short break from training to talk with the Hicksville Illustrated News.
One might describe Randi Chenkin’s fitness program for kids, Randirobics as “out of this world.”
Here on Earth, obesity is keeping a significant number of children and adolescents grounded, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that more than a third are overweight or obese.
“Randirobics is a very unique, interactive kids program that features children’s sing-along aerobics and original cool and funky music that I co-write. But the whole mission is to combat childhood obesity on Long Island,” said Randi Chenkin, a Jericho resident, who has performed shows at schools, camps, libraries, children’s hospitals and on cruise ships.
Call it a coincidence, but the timing for Chris and Peter Ferraro’s announcement of the creation of a new hockey and recreation facility couldn’t be any better.
Two days before the National Hockey League was set to drop the puck for a shortened, 48-game season beginning on Jan. 19, the Ferraro twins – former NHL players and Olympians themselves – broke ground on their $15 million, privately financed Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park.
“It is our passion to support Long Island families so that they will no longer have to be torn apart or have their family life disrupted just because a child excels in hockey and wants to try to make it to the NHL,” said Chris Ferraro. “This facility will enable us to create a hockey hot bed right here on Long Island.”
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