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Hofstra midfielder Ford ends his college playing career due to injury
Hofstra announced that fifth-year senior midfielder Kevin Ford has opted to end his college playing career due to a knee and leg injury. He will graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Ford, who played in 39 games during his Pride career, was fifth on the team in scoring last year, recording 16 goals and 10 assists in 16 games. He also picked up 20 ground balls and had three man-up goals. Ford tallied three multi-goal games including a five-goal contest against Delaware in the CAA Championship Tournament semifinals. For his career, Ford had 55 goals and 26 assists for 81 career points with 59 ground balls.
“It is with great sadness I announce that I will be unable to play my final season at Hofstra due to injury,” Ford said in a statement. “I have been extremely proud to be part of this program and will miss the brotherhood and sense of family I have enjoyed with the team since 2008. I wish my friends the best of luck in 2012 as well as in the years to come.”
Ducks’ Binick wins Atlantic League batting title
Long Island Ducks outfielder Kraig Binick finished the 2011 season with the Atlantic League’s best batting average, becoming the second Duck in franchise history to win the batting title (Henry Rodriguez, 2005). Binick’s .343 average was 13 percentage points better than York’s Chris Nowak.
“We are extremely proud of Kraig,” said Ducks manager Kevin Baez, in a statement. “It takes a lot of hard work to achieve this feat, and Kraig has been dedicated since day one.”
Binick began the season with a .333 batting average after going 1-for-3 in the season opener, and his average never dipped below that point. His season featured a 17-game hitting streak, the longest by a Duck in 2011, and a 28 game on-base streak, the second longest by a Duck this year.
Isles Turning 40
The Islanders finally have something to celebrate.
The organization announced Friday the launch of their campaign to celebrate their 40-Year Anniversary. The Islanders played their first National Hockey League season in 1972 and are proud to celebrate 40 years on Long Island.
According to the organization, the theme for the Islanders’ upcoming season is “Commitment,” representing the organization’s ongoing commitment to its fans and the Long Island community.
“The Long Island community has been very supportive of their team and we are honored to bring back many of the Islanders greats spanning the past four decades,” Islanders Sr. Vice President Michael Picker said in a statement. “With the current core of talent that is blossoming before our eyes, we are confident that this franchise is destined for a successful season both on and off the ice.”
Some things to look forward to during the 2011-12 season, according to the Islanders:
*The Islanders will celebrate “Decade Nights” throughout the year, in which they will honor an Islanders legend with induction into the Islanders Hall of Fame: Nov. 19 – Ed Westfall, Dec. 31 – Ken Morrow, Jan. 14 – Pat Flatley and Feb. 11 – Kenny Jonsson.
*Throughout the season, players will wear a commemorative 40-Year Anniversary patch on the left shoulder of the team’s jerseys. The logo will also appear on the team’s marketing materials throughout the season and at center ice during all home games at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
*The Islanders will incorporate the 40-Year Anniversary into their social media campaign with the #Isles40th Twitter hashtag. The club will feature tweets every Wednesday of fans sharing their stories of Islanders hockey.
Bob Wolff Signing Book at Ducks Game
Ford C. Frick Award Winner Bob Wolff will be signing copies of his book, “Bob Wolff’s Complete Guide to Sportscasting – How to Make It in Sportscasting With or Without Talent,” on Saturday, September 10 at 7:05 p.m. at the Long Island Ducks game at Bethpage Park.
According to the Ducks, fans will have the opportunity to meet the Hall of Fame sportscaster and purchase a copy of the book during that evening’s game versus the Camden Riversharks.
Wolff is now in his ninth decade behind the microphone. The only broadcaster in history to call the play-by-play championships in four major pro sports (World Series, NFL Championship, NBA Finals, and Stanley Cup Finals), his historic calls include Don Larsen’s legendary perfect game in the 1956 World Series and the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts (known as The Greatest Game Ever Played).
The Hall of Famer has been seen or heard on television and occasional radio play-by-play at Madison Square Garden since 1954, and was saluted by the Garden with a 50-year special called, “Bob Wolff’s Golden Garden Anniversary.”
Isles Ink Deal with Tattoo Company
Last year the Islanders inked a deal with a company that sells cupcakes. This year, it’s tattoos.
Maybe when the team no longer plays on Long Island thanks to political nonsense they’ll focus on signing talented hockey players.
The New York Islanders announced Friday an agreement to designate Tattoo Lou’s as the official tattoo shop of the New York Islanders Hockey Club.
Proudly, the organization made it clear that this is the first time a professional sports franchise has ever designated an official tattoo shop.
Tattoo Lou’s will set up a tattooing and body-piercing station on the Nassau Coliseum concourse for 10 Islanders home games during the 2011-12 season. Tattoo Lou’s will also sell Islanders-centric body jewelry and tattoo-inspired Islanders t-shirts and sweatshirts.
“Our team is thrilled to bring another Long Island institution to the Coliseum, especially one from such a unique industry,” said Justin Johnson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Marketing for the Islanders, in a statement. “Tattoo Lou’s is an innovative brand with a creative vision. They’re a great fit with our energetic team on the ice and our youthful fan base around Long Island.”
Hofstra Inks Deal with Warrior Lacrosse
Hofstra University announced today a business partnership with Warrior Lacrosse for equipment through 2015.
The agreement will provide the Pride with several sets of game uniforms, warm-ups and sideline apparel, practice gear, balls, sticks and the latest in gloves, shoulder and rib pads, arm guards, goalie chest pads, equipment and travel bags, and custom Warrior training shoes and speed cleats over the life of the contract.
In addition, the Hofstra team will be wearing Warrior helmets beginning in 2013. The Hofstra Lacrosse program will also serve as a testing and research center for Warrior’s latest equipment, according to the school.
“We are truly excited about our partnership with Warrior Lacrosse,” said Seth Tierney, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Hofstra, in a statement. “Not only will Warrior supply our program with outstanding equipment and uniforms, our partnership will allow us to be involved in the evaluation and beta-testing of new lines in the future. To align our program and have access to the top brand in the game is something that our team is anxiously anticipating.”
Warrior Lacrosse will also receive extensive signage opportunities at James M. Shuart Stadium, advertising in Hofstra Lacrosse publications and other printed promotional matter, camp marketing opportunities, and clinic and promotional appearances by the Pride staff.
“Hofstra Athletics appreciates its partnership with Warrior Lacrosse,” said Hofstra Director of Athletics Jack Hayes, in a statement. “This agreement will assist us in continuing to provide an outstanding experience for our student-athletes as we strive to make the Pride program one of the best in the nation.”
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