Random NHL Cheerleader Pic of the Day

Random NHL Cheerleader Pic of the Day

Random NHL Cheerleader Photo of the Day

Random NHL Cheerleader Photo of the Day

Gone but not forgotten, the N.Y. Islanders Ice Girls…disbanded in 2015.

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

Meet hockey’s human zambonis


By David Satriano
New York Post
October 31, 2013

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When John Tavares skates in on a breakaway and roofs a goal top shelf at Nassau Coliseum, he has the Ice Girls to thank.

The 12 women who make up the Islanders Ice Girls team ensure the ice is clean of snow and debris every game, so Tavares and his teammates have a clear surface on which to play.

“As a team, we’re required to clean the ice three times a period in 90 seconds or less,” said Ashleen, who has been an Ice Girl for three seasons. “Ninety seconds may seem like a very long time, however when you’re clearing the ice, having to go around players and refs, making sure you do not miss anything, it can get a little hectic.”

The work the Ice Girls do can’t be seen on TV, but from the stands on Long Island, it becomes clear see how good they are at their craft, even sweeping the ice in synchronization. So how does one become an Ice Girl?

“Most of our audition is on ice,” said Christi, a five-year Ice Girl veteran. “Our coach, Linda, will ask us to do crossovers, T-stops, lunges, spirals, and those types of things, then there’s an interview before you go back on the ice and skate with the [Islanders] flags and some of the shovels.

“About six years ago in December, I came to an Islanders game with my friends and I saw all the ice girls on the ice. They were playing games with the fans and they wore Christmas outfits, and I thought it looked like so much fun that I decided then I wanted to do it.”

In addition to cleaning the ice, the Ice Girls take part in activities during the game around the Coliseum and make approximately 200 appearances throughout the community each year.

“You might see us running around selling raffle tickets, making appearances, doing fan interactions, making announcements on the jumbotron,” Ashleen said. “My favorite part is dancing and getting the crowd into the game.”

There were a fair share of quiet nights at the Coliseum prior to last season. But the Islanders’ resurgence and playoff appearance last spring made it a happening place to be with sellout crowds of more than 16,000.

“My favorite memory was last year when we were about to get into the playoffs, just feeling the stadium shaking from everyone cheering for the Islanders and feeling all of the fans energy,” Christi said. “It was such an exciting feeling and to get to be a part of that was something amazing.”

The troupe started 13 years ago, when the NHL mandated ice-removal personnel know how to skate. Since then, the Ice Girls have become almost as popular as the Islanders themselves. Fans take pictures with them and sometimes ask for autographs.

“Back in 2001, we started with four girls. That year, we struggled just to get four girls who could skate and make the time commitment and be a part of the team — and now as we’re in our 13th year, we have 12 girls on the squad,” said Tim Beach, vice president of Game Operations and Events. “And now when we have our auditions during the summer, we’re happy to say that we actually have to turn away really good skaters and really the program has evolved.

“To this day, we get calls from other teams asking us: ‘Who makes the uniforms for you guys?’ and ‘How do you do this with the girls? How do you get them to participate in this?’ ” Beach said. “Our program has become a model throughout the NHL.”

And the Ice Girls are much more than pretty faces. Christi is finishing her final year of law school and does voiceover work for a radio station. Ashleen is getting her Master’s in special education, a certification in American sign language, and works for a physical therapist and in a school district.

Both are also avid hockey fans — they root for the Islanders, of course — which makes this a dream job.

“My favorite memory was my first game,” Ashleen said. ”As a New York Islanders fan my whole life, being able to apply my skating and work with the team I had supported since I was young…stepping onto the ice for the first time was a surreal feeling and it really showed the joy I knew I was going to have from this job.”

Congratulations 2013-14 Islanders Ice Girls

Audition Swap, New York Style

New York Islanders Ice Girl Auditions Are August 17

Do you have what it takes to be a New York Islanders Ice Girl? If you think you have the charisma, out-going personality and skating skills to be part of the Ice Girls team, join us for auditions on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. Auditions will take place at Islanders Iceworks, located at 175 Underhill Blvd. in Syosset. Skaters are advised to arrive by 12:30 p.m. to check-in and fill out any necessary paperwork.Anyone who is interested in auditioning must pre-register prior to Friday, Aug. 16 by e-mailing Erin Willey atErin.Willey@NewYorkIslanders.com. For more information, e-mail the address above or call (516-501-6874). Walk-ins will not be permitted to audition.All skaters who plan to audition must be at least 18 years of age as of September 15, 2013. For attire, please wear a crop-top half shirt and form-fitting athletic clothing. Please bring a headshot, résumé and figure skates and also arrive with your hair and makeup done.

Who: Figure skaters, minimum of 18 years old as of September 15, 2013

What: 2013-14 New York Islanders Ice Girl Auditions

When: August 17, 2013, 1 p.m. (Arrive by 12:30 p.m. for Check-In)

Where: Islanders Iceworks, 175 Underhill Blvd., Syosset, NY 11791

What to bring: Headshot, résumé and figure skates

What to wear: Crop-top half shirt and form fitting athletic clothing. Please arrive with hair & makeup done

Questions: Erin Willey, Game Operations Manager (Erin.Willey@NewYorkIslanders.com)

If you’re thinking about auditioning, but not sure what’s involved, come out to Islanders Iceworks on Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. You’ll find out more information about the skating requirements, as well as interview process that is involved with the auditions on August 17. For more information contact Erin Willey.

NHL Roll Call: New York Islanders Ice Girls

Individual photos of the 2012-13 Islanders Ice Girls in their new think-outside-the-box pink costumes have been posted online. Click here to see who is on the team!

Veteran Ice Girls Christi, Christina, and Danielle

Newsday Exclusive: Sneak peek at the Ice Girls’ new look

Photo credit: Nina Ruggiero | New York Islanders Ice Girl Christina, 19, of Smithtown, models the new uniform by Angela King Designs. (Jan. 16, 2013)

By Nina Ruggiero
Long Island Newsday
January 16, 2013

The New York Islanders make their season debut Saturday at home after a long NHL lockout, and the Ice Girls will be ready — with a new look.

“I’m obsessed with it,” Ice Girl Christi, 23, of Bethpage said of the pink sequin long-sleeve crop top and skirt with blue fringe and orange and white detail. “It’s feminine and adorable.”

“I feel like a princess,” added Christina, 19, of Smithtown (pictured above).

There are 11 Ice Girls this season, and a new outfit is added every year. Last year, the girls got a new black sequin look to match the Islanders’ first black jersey.

Pink was the brainchild of the team’s vice president of operations and events, Tim Beach, who worked with the team at Angela King Designs to develop the outfit.

“Every year, the month of October is always Hockey Fights Cancer Month,” Beach says. “Through sports merchandise there’s been a rise in pink gear for females . . . We decided alright, this year let’s do it right . . . let’s have fun with it.”

The girls seemed to be having plenty of fun as they modeled their wardrobe options for a pre-season photo shoot Wednesday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.



Ice Girls Shannon, 20, of Bethpage, and Sara, 18, of Islip show off the black uniform created for the 2012 season.


Rachel, 23, of Smithtown, wears the New York Islanders Ice Girls white jersey uniform.


Christi, 23, of Bethpage, models the blue Ice Girls uniform.

New York Islanders Ice Girl Auditions

(Some how I posted the gallery from auditions a while back but never the actual post)

Hey did you hear the Islanders are moving to Brooklyn? They will still be the New York Islanders, but stating with the 2015-16 season the team will call the New Barclays Center (where the Nets play) home.

Back in August the Islanders held auditions for their Ice Girl squad.

Sure you have to be a great skater to make the team.


You have to be a great skater while waving a giant flag.

 

There are also ice maintenance responsibilities. When the season finally starts, the Ice Girls will be responsible for clearing/cleaning the ice from the goal line to the blue line. And they only get 90 seconds during a television timeout to get the job done.

Nicole is making her second attempt to become an Islanders Ice Girl. She has been skating since she was three. She’s a recent graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, a freelance make-up artist and a life long Islanders fan.

Another hopeful Melissa played hockey (defense and left wing) for a travel team before making the switch to figure skating. She’s a senior at Dowling College where she’s studying Sports Management.

Now if we can only get this lockout settled.

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SI.com: New York Islanders Ice Girls

As the NHL lockout drags on, Sports Illustrated is reduced to re-posting last year’s Ice Girl pics. These are sad times, friends.

Click here.

Photo of the Day – August 14

From Sunday morning – A hopeful at the New York Islanders Ice Girls Auditions

Congratulations 2012-13 NY Islanders Ice Girls

Here’s the first look at the new squad selected yesterday afternoon. More photos coming this week.