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Entries for January 2014


We are pleased to announce an agreement with to broadcast Lady Islanders games on         Coming soon we will have selected games streamed live in High Definition on fasthockey utilizing the new HD multi-camera system in the Dix Hills rink.  

Call the grandparents in Florida, the family in North Carolina, they will now be able to watch your games live !!!!!!     

The Lady Islanders Facebook and Twitter pages are now online.    Get up to the minute news and information by linking to our pages.

With the holidays over and the hockey season winding down, all kinds of rumors start to fly, prompting people to panic and ask, “What’s going on for next year?”  Or “When are you announcing the coaches for the upcoming season?”   -  Click here for full letter..


Buddy Skate 2014 was undoubtedly the largest and best event to date since its inception 12 years ago. Players from the LI Rebels, Lady Islanders, and Junior Royals turned out in force to help the visiting students. Smiles, new friends, and laughter filled the Dix Hills Ice Arena with a glow.

I want to share a story, which I believe is a perfect encapsulation of the event as a whole:

Early in the evening a mother and father entered the rink with their small child who, upon seeing the swell of the crowd, worriedly clutched to his father. Volunteer players guided the parents to the skate rental area, and helped put on and tie the child’s skates; all while he still held tightly onto his father.

This continued as they walked out to the ice surface. Holding on to dad, and with mom just inches away ,the players tried to connect with the child; talking, joking and showing him how much fun skating can be. The child watched, but would not let go of his dad.   After several minutes, Coach R skated in to see if he could help.  He got down on his knees and spoke with the child, which seemed to lessen his grip on his dad.  I don’t know what he said, but the child soon let go with one hand and reached out to Coach R.

With one hand on dad and the other on his new friend, the child calmed down and then let go of dad completely. Coach R picked him up and started skating around mom and dad; first slowly and then much more quickly.  Then it came: the smile, which soon turned to a chuckle, and eventually laughter. 

Coach R reached down and put the child’s skates on the ice, pushing him in a circle around mom and dad. The four laughed together, without a care in the world, and only having met just minutes earlier.

I’m often asked “What is Buddy Skate”?   It’s a lot of things.


WE NEED YOUR VOTES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Hobey Baker award is an annual award given to the top Collegiate Athletic Association men's ice hockey player.   

Dan O'Donoghue who played for the Long Island Rebels and was a member of the

Rebels M16 National Championship team coached by Tom Cartwright has been nominated for the award.   Dan is currently attending Mercyhurst College and has participated in the Washington Capitals and NY Islanders Prospect Development Camps.

Part of the award process involves people voting everyday for Danny between now and March 20th.    All you need to do is go to and click on the award voting link, look for Danny's picture half way down on the right side of the page and click the vote button in his box.  You can vote once a day every day.  Lets make the next Hobey Baker Award Winner a Long Islander.


This year's Buddy Skate was the biggest and best yet.    Thanks to all the players and parents for making it a great event.    Video and photos will be posted soon.