Happy Friday New York Islanders fans. We are less than a week away from prospects making their way to Long Island, to kick off the New York Islanders version of development camp followed by the main group a week later.
Before we dive into the news and events from Thursday, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Queen Elizabeth II, the people she served including our Canadian neighbors up north.
The National Hockey League mourns the passing and celebrates the remarkable life of Queen Elizabeth II. She held a special place in the hearts of Canadians and, during her 70-year-reign, connected with our game in memorable ways. pic.twitter.com/ppgk5HZzFQ
— NHL (@NHL) September 8, 2022
Thursday night was a rather important night as a current New York Islander, and his foundation hosted an incredible charity event on Long Island.
New York Islanders fourth-line grinder Matt Martin has given it all on the ice over his tenure on Long Island, as well as off the ice. The Matt Martin Foundation, which started back in August of 2015, has been raising money for countless charities over the last seven years. And on Thursday night, the Matt Martin Foundation hosted their sixth annual Charity Poker Tournament at the Chateau Briand.
If you wanted to play poker against New York Islanders, past and present, the donation was $200, and if you wanted to come down and watch, the donation cost of a spectator ticket was $100.
The money collected from the vent will be donated to five different charities: NYPD Widows & Orphans Fund, the Boomer Esiason Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis Research, the Islanders Childrens Foundation, ACDS School for Children with Autism and Downe Syndrome, and Defending The Blue Line.
Based on social media posts, it seemed like the event was yet another success for the Matt Martin Foundation, the charities that will benefit, as well as the Long Island community.
Matt Martin had a handful of teammates at his event, with pictures surfacing the web of Casey Cizikas, Mathew Barzal, Kieffer Bellows, Ryan Pulock, Oliver Wahlstrom, Alexander Romanov, Ilya Sorokin, Cal Clutterbuck and Noah Dobson.
There were likely others.
Ilya Sorokin had some fun with one of the fans that attended the event.
Ilya Sorokin (and Alexander Romanov) at the Matt Martin’s charity poker night! He wrote “white whale” on the fans jersey pic.twitter.com/PMijvwdiSH
— best of ilya sorokin (@dailysorokin) September 9, 2022
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— adriana (@17MARTlN) September 8, 2022
Former New York Jets quarterback and co-host of The Boomer and Gio Show during the morning hours on WFAN was in attendance with his daughter and the wife of Matt Martin, Sydney Martin.
Great night at the Matt Martin Foundation poker night! pic.twitter.com/OAvD9vKLIc
— Boomer Esiason (@7BOOMERESIASON) September 9, 2022
So was former New York Islander Steve Webb.
— Steve Webb (@SteveWebb20) September 9, 2022
A round of applause to everyone who helped make Thursday night’s charity event a success.
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