SI.com: Farewell to the Islanders Ice Girls

SI.com: The New York Islanders will cart plenty of tradition along with them as they make their move from the Nassau Coliseum to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the 2015-16 season. But one longstanding tradition will be very noticeable by its absence: the Islanders Ice Girls. In their place will be a co-ed ice crew charged with “helping create the best ice possible as mandated by the NHL.” Back in 2001, the Isles were the first NHL club to create a cheerleader-style Ice Girls squad that, along with performing various promotional duties, was charged with shoveling loose snow off the ice at stoppages.

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Goodbye Islanders

LA Kings 2014-15 Ice Crew Calendar Shoot Bloopers

Check out the hilarious outtakes that come with hours of shooting during the 14-15 calendar shoot.

LA Kings 2014-15 Ice Crew Profile – The Guys

Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot! Check out this profile featuring all the Ice Crew Guys!

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A Dallas Stars Ice Girl

LA Kings 2014-15 Ice Crew Profile – Kendall

Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot! Check out this profile featuring Ms. October 2015, Kendall!

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LA Kings 2014-15 Ice Crew Profile – Niki

Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot! Check out this profile featuring the 2014-15 cover girl, Niki!

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2014-15 LA Kings Ice Crew Profile – Kaitie

Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot! Check out this profile featuring Ms. December 2015, Kaitie!

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2015-16 Dallas Stars Ice Girls Revealed

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2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins Ice Crew Auditions

The Pittsburgh Penguins have chosen of their 2015-16 Ice Crew. It’s the largest squad ever with 24 members. Check out the video for more on the selection process.

LA Kings 2014-15 Ice Crew Profile – Keegan

Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot Check out this profile featuring Ms. November 2015, Keegan!

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LA Kings 2014-15 Ice Crew Profile – Amanda

Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoo! Check out this profile featuring Ms. September 2015, Amanda!

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LA Kings 2014-15 Ice Crew Profile – Sarah

Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot! Check out this profile featuring Ms. August 2015, Sarah!

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Dallas Stars Ice Girls Prep Classes and Auditions

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Photo Credit: Jerome Miron

Prep Classes will start on July 8th at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Frisco (2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco, Texas 75034). There will be 4 total classes before auditions and all of these classes will fall on either a Monday or a Wednesday. (dates are below) Registration will begin 20 minutes before each class. Cost per individual prep class is $35. Ladies may also pay in advance which reserves their spot in the class. Walk-ups are welcome until the class is full. All prep classes are non-refundable.

What to expect:

1½ hours of dance instruction (includes stylized combination similar to audition routine)
1 hour of ice skating (includes drills, tool work, proper on-ice technique)
Different dance routines and skating drills will be taught each class.

Attire:

Top: Half Top
Bottoms: Pants (dance or yoga) and shorts (with tights)
Dance Shoes: dances sneakers or jazz shoes
Hockey Skates: if you own them if you do not have hockey skates we will provide them for you.
Be sure to bring a jacket, tall socks, and water


Prep Class Dates:

Wednesday, July 8th 6:30-9PM
Monday, July 13th 7-9:30PM
Wednesday July 15th 6:30-9PM
Monday, July 20th 7-9:30PM

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Photo Credit: Jerome Miron


Auditions:

Preliminary and semifinal auditions will be held on Saturday, July 25th at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, TX (2601 Avenue of the Stars) from 10AM – 8PM.. Interested applicants should complete the application and waiver and return them to the Dallas Stars office in person or via mail. They must include their application fee ($35 cash or check) and a recent photograph. Professional headshot style photos are preferred, but not necessary. These photographs will be used for identification purposes and will not be returned. Applications must be received by 5PM on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015. Auditions are closed to the public. Ladies that tryout can be a skater OR a dancer but do not have to do both.

Preliminary round:

Upon arrival ladies will check in and receive and audition number and will be divided into 3 groups Skaters, Dancers, and Both. During the preliminary round of auditions the ladies that are registered as skaters will show the judges a freestyle skate and basic drills. The ladies that are registered as dancers will show a freestyle dance with a short tag that is compiled of a few 8 counts. After all the ladies have gone thru the first round the judges will deliberate and come back with the ladies who will progress to the semifinals.

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Semifinal round:

This round the selected rookie candidates will be joined by the veteran candidates. During this round the ladies who are registered as skaters will show executive skating drills, freestyle lap, along with doing a mock run thru of how we clean the ice at Dallas Stars Home Games. The ladies that are registered as dancers will learn a dance combination and perform in small groups. After all the ladies have completed the semifinal round the judges will deliberate and come back with the ladies who will be advancing to finals.

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Photo Credit: Jerome Miron


Finals:

Finals will be held at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Mckinney, TX July 27-30, 6:30-10:30PM, July 31, 6-10PM, and August 3-7, 6:30-10:30PM. Final squad will be announced Thursday, August 7, 2015.

Attire for Auditions:

Top: Half Top
Skating Bottoms: Pants (dance or Yoga)
Dancing Bottoms: Shorts (with tights)
Dance Shoes: Sneakers or Jazz Shoes
Hockey Skates if you own them, if not we will provide a pair for you
Be sure to bring a jacket, tall socks, water and snacks

Requirements:

– Must be 18 years of age on or before July 25, 2015
– Must have previous skating OR dance experience
– Have a High School diploma or GED
– If selected, must reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
– Have reliable means of transportation to practices, game, and appearances
– Hold a job or be enrolled in college
– Must commit to the Dallas Stars Ice Girls Schedule, which includes but is not limited to attendance at all practice and home games, for one full year (August 2015 – July 2016)

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Photo Credit: Jerome Miron

For more information regarding prep classes or auditions you may visit DallasStars.com/IceGirls

LA Kings 2014-15 Ice Crew Profile – Meagan

Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot! Check out this profile featuring Ms. July 2015, Meagan!

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Tampa Bay’s Allison Donato, Lightning Girl Captain

Belated congratulations out to the Chicago Blackhawk players and Ice Girls for their 3rd Stanley Cup victory in the last six years. Dynasty accomplishment. My hometown Lightning had a great season and I feel they announced to the NHL they will be a tough out over the next few years.

A secondary reward of following Tampa Bay in the 26 postseason games is that the Lightning Girls became more visible than ever because of all the away watch parties. What started with only 500 fans grew to 18,000 by game 6 of the Cup Finals. Compared to the other majors the NHL has a smaller, but more raucous, fan base. That base grew exponentially in Tampa this year. Success breeds more success, amazing journey, great memories.

After the final game I cornered third year Lightning Girl Captain, Allison, and asked for her reflections on this miracle run season:

Allison, can you run me through the last 12 months?
Allison: “In 2014 when we got swept by the Canadians I was so disappointed, but I knew that the Bolts would get revenge. It is still surreal to me that we made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. It was such an honor to be Captain of the 2014-2015 Lightning Girls team. When I first made the team 3 years ago, I never would have thought that I would get to experience this great season. It is truly a dream come true and something that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Is being a Lightning Girl more than cheering on game days?
Allison: “Being a Tampa Bay Lightning Girl is so much more than just dancing at the games with pom-poms. One of my favorite parts about being a Lightning Girl is the one-on-one interaction we have with our fans. We are constantly out in the community representing the Lightning Organization and interacting with people. It’s so much fun to be able to meet and form a relationship with so many incredible individuals throughout the season. Meeting with the young kids is my favorite. It’s really an amazing feeling to know that you are a role model to someone.”

Tell the UC readers about the watch parties.

Allison: “Our Watch Parties during playoffs were insane!!! It really encouraged the community to come together and support our Bolts. We had THOUSANDS of fans come out to our watch parties. It allowed our fan base to grow, which is great!”

Will we get to see you for another season?

Allison: “Sadly, this was my last season as a Lightning Girl. The Lightning Organization has been such a huge part of my life for 3 years and I am heartbroken that this is the end. However, I have some very exciting things happening in my life. In a few months I will be moving to London for 10 months to study abroad at Middlesex University. Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine so I am very excited to start this new chapter of my life.”

I always saw your family at the games!

Allison: “Throughout my 3 years as a Lightning Girl, my family has always been so supportive. They were at every single game supporting the Bolts and watching me. My 6 year old niece, Kenna, would come as well and dance with us. She had her own pair of matching pom-poms and a Lightning cheerleader outfit. I am so thankful that I was able to share this experience with my family and my niece.”

Congratulations from UC to the Lightning Girls and the entire Lightning organization for a great season. I added some 60 photos to our Lightning Girls playoffs album–enjoy.

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Allison and her 6 year niece Kenna.

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Allison’s final game.

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Allison, Isabella, Alyssa and Stefania

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Captains Allison and Heather

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Teammates Erica and Alyssa

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