Saturday, May 30, 2009
If 4's a crowd 4,000 is a party
Today Islanders.com is reporting that already over 4,000 fans have gotten their free tickets to the Isles draft party being held at the Coliseum on 26th of June. So with the crowd capacity almost the same as the Sound Tigers 2 playoff games( I’m sure the total will grow even larger in the next 4 weeks) expect the arena to be loud and the fans to be pumped. Last years draft featured locker room tours, activities for the kids, player appearances, selling of merchandise and ticket packages, and was hosted by ESPN’s John Buccigross. Although details are limited on this years party the tours, kids activities, and of course sales of tickets and merchandise are going to be there again this year, there is no word on who or if they will have a host (my suggestion Chris Botta.) Islanders crazy will be at the party and will be looking to see the fans reaction should Snow choose someone else or trade the pick. So on a quick call to Hockey Night on Long Island this afternoon I asked hosts Steve, Alex and their guest Gary Harding of The View From Section 317 what they thought the fans reaction would be if they didn’t chooses Tavares. They responded by referring to last years draft and the upset nature of the fans following by saying “ there would be some serious displeasure….I don’t think there would be riots in the streets but there would be many disgruntled Islander fans.” The idea of having to get a ticket to the party suggests that the team is expecting an enormous crowd and so far its safe to say the place will be packed. So to quote the Hockey Night on Long Island crew we just have to hope for the best(that they pick Tavares).