NY Islanders Ice Girl Auditions Are August 12th

THINK YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE ONE OF THE ISLANDERS ICE GIRLS?

Sunday, August 12th @ 11 AM

• What: 2012-13 New York Islanders Ice Girls Auditions

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

• When: Sunday, August 12th, Promptly @ 11 AM
(10:30AM Check-In)

• Who: Must be 18 years or older as of October 1st

• What to bring: Headshot, resume and figure skates

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

For more info:
call Erin Willey @ 516.501.6874
or email Erin.Willey@newyorkislanders.com

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From left: Janine, Chanel, Paulina, Christina, Stephanie, Samantha, Victoria, Cristi, Ashleen, and Danielle.

Islander Ice Girls Debut their New Look

When the Islanders debuted the new third jerseys Wednesday night, the Ice Girls showed off their new threads
By Cory Wright
New York Islanders
11.17.2011

There’s a new look floating around Nassau Coliseum these days. It’s black, orange, grey and blue, cuts across diagonally, and is laced with sequins. After the successful debut of the Islanders third jersey on Wednesday night, the Ice Girls are ready to wear their new matching outfits on the ice.

The Islanders Ice Girls join their Islanders brothers as they debut a new third outfit on Nov. 23 as the Isles host the Philadelphia Flyers. The skirt and top combination includes the same new color scheme, but with a few additions and alterations.

“I love them,” Ice Girl Stephanie said. “When we skate, they flow with the wind and when we spin they look really beautiful. I’m excited to wear them on the ice and show them off.”

She compared the new cut of the skirts to figure skating attire rather than the blue cheerleader cut the girls had been wearing. The girls will wear necklaces with an Islanders logo and they traded in their white boots for a matching black.




“I never would have expected New York Islanders Ice Girls to be in the color black,” Ice Girl Ashleen said. “Normally, you would think orange and blue, but I do like them. The top is really nice and will be exciting for fans to see.”

Angela King designed the new look for the Ice Girls, adding more sequins, a belt and patches on both shoulders. The letters NYI fall off of the left shoulder, while the Islanders logo is on their right.

The Ice Girls will still wear their other two uniforms, but they are excited for the debut on Nov. 23 and their coach, Linda Beach, thinks it’ll be a real winner.

“The girls love it and I think it’s going to look sharp and I think it’ll be a big wow.”

Local Girl To Help Heat Up The Ice Next NHL Season

By Patrick Conti
Little Neck Patch
8/19/2011

It’s official sports fans, the New York Islanders have just announced their starting lineup for the 2011-2012 ‘Ice-Girls’ squad.

And for the fifth year in a row the Islanders welcome back a young woman from Little Neck, affectionately known as ‘Ice-Girl Samantha.’

“I’m so excited to have made the Ice-Girls team for another year. I really can’t wait to meet all the new girls,” said the five year Ice-Girl veteran.

The Ice-Girls are a team of 10 young women, who entertain the audience during commercial breaks and in between periods, cleaning the ice, shooting tee-shirts into the crowd and roaming the arena, leading screaming fans in rounds of cheering.

A concept introduced to the NHL by the Islanders during the 2001-2002 season—after the league issued a mandate requiring all buildings to provide staff that could ice skate to shovel the ice clean—the idea of having ice girls is still relatively new to professional hockey, but is catching on quick.

“We were the first though,” said Tim Beach, vice president of Events & Operations, who manages the Ice Girl squad.

Still, Beach was quick to point out that while the on-ice antics of these young ladies is vastly becoming a crowd favorite at Nassau Coliseum, the Ice Girls were more than just cheerleaders.

“These girls are representatives of the Islanders in the community,” Beach said, pointing to a busy calendar of events and appearances the girls make throughout the season.

For Samantha, these appearances are partly what she loves most about the job.

“I like being a role model for young girls. It’s important they have someone to look up to,” she said.

So for all those in Little Neck who haven’t been to a N.Y. Islanders game recently, there seems to be an entirely different reason to come out and cheer for the Islanders—and her name is ‘Ice Girl Samantha.’

WI Resident Skates Her Way onto Ice Girls, Again

Victoria, 21, made the cut for the second consecutive year.
A.J. Voelpel
West Islip Patch
August 12, 2011

You’re likely to see a lot of fresh faces when the New York Islanders take to the ice this season. But Victoria will not be one of them.

For the second consecutive year, West Islip’s own Victoria (whose last name we’ve been asked by Islanders to keep anonymous) will star as a member of the Ice Girls, a group of 10 women that represent the Islanders on and off the ice.

The Ice Girls are a huge attraction at the Nassau Coliseum and have been part of the organization since the 2001-02 season. If you’re not familiar, you can normally spot them shoveling up loose ice during timeouts, presenting the Islanders flag before games and taking part in community events.

We recently spoke with Victoria, 21, about the team, her skating career and the rejected Coliseum vote on August 1.

West Islip Patch: Take me through the tryout process. Is it as competitive as it looks?

Victoria: This was my second year doing it, and it was a little different than the first year. There were a lot more girls trying out this year. We have to bring in a headshot and a resume, then we go out on the ice and skate then we each get interviewed. Then the coach eliminates some girls and we keep filtering.

WIP: Do you hang out often with other girls on the team?

V: We kind of live all over the island, but the ones that live closer to me, I do see. So we do hang out, but not as much as I’d like. We’re all around the same age, so we all get along really well.

WIP: Since it isn’t a 12-month ordeal, do you work any other jobs?

V: I work at a fitness Incentive in Babylon Village at the front desk and also teach aerobics classes there.

WIP: Were you upset that Nassau residents turned down the new coliseum?

V: I was a little upset at first, but from what the coaches are telling us, they’re not going to give up just yet.

WIP: Tell me about when your skating career started.

V: I started at 7-years-old, skating both before and after school most days, up until eighth grade (Victoria said was home schooled during high school and will be entering CW Post in the fall as a junior). My schedule was really crazy; get up at 5 a.m., go skating, go to school, rush and do my homework on my bus, then go skating again.

I skated in several international competitions, some of which I medaled in. I Stopped skating competitively about a year and half ago. I’m hoping to do some more shows after school, but my job right now as an Ice Girl is perfect.

WIP: What’s the coolest place you’ve visited?

V: It’s Courmayeur. It’s in Italy and it’s where the tallest mountain in Italy is. Even in the summer there’s snow. I went there in July once and there was a dusting of snow. It was crazy.

WIP: Would you say you’re one of the best skaters on the team?

V: I would, only because I’ve skated and competed the longest out of anyone on the team for sure.

New York Islanders Hold Ice Girls Tryouts

Karen Gellender
Plainview Old Bethpage Herald
August 12, 2011

Every hockey fan likes to think their favorite team is special, but the New York Islanders can boast one thing that no other team in the NHL has: the Ice Girls, a dedicated team of skaters who present the Islanders’ flag at every game. On Saturday, Aug. 6, 24 female skaters headed to Iceworks Syosset on Underhill Boulevard to try out for one of only 10 spots on the 2011-2012 Ice Girls team.

With the exception of one lockout season (2004-2005), the Ice Girls have been part of the show at Islanders’ games since the 2001-2002 season. In addition to presenting the Islanders flag at every game, Ice Girls keep the ice clean during games, and perform an additional routine when the team wins. The girls must be over 18 with strong skating skills, capable of skating backwards as well as doing lunges, spirals, t-stops and power crossovers.

Ice Girls coach Linda Beach said she looks for strong edges and strong fundamental skating skills from the girls. What she isn’t looking for, however, is spinning and jumping; figure skating moves, utilizing the toepics at the front of the girls’ figure skates, can take a toll on the ice. Poor ice conditions can lead to rough skating for the hockey players, and naturally, no one wants to see cranky Islanders. However, as many of the girls who try out for the Ice Girls have competitive figure skating experience, most of them are capable of the more advanced figure skating moves, and there were plenty of impressive spins on display at Iceworks during tryouts.

In addition to their work during games, the skaters represent the Islanders throughout the year as a part of the I.C.E. (Islanders Community Events) Tour, a program designed to foster a love of hockey in young fans and promote the sport throughout the year. As an integral part of the tour, pairs of Ice Girls can be found signing autographs and helping out at hospitals, schools, festivals, summer camps, and other venues all over Long Island. The Islanders do approximately 200 community events a year, and while the Ice Girls are not involved with all of them, they do appear at many.

One recent event the girls were involved in was the Aug. 1 Nassau Coliseum vote; the skaters went to train stations in their Ice Girls uniforms to draw attention to the vote, in addition to handing out fliers at local businesses. According to Beach, it was hard for everyone involved with the team to see Nassau voters reject the Coliseum proposal.

“We were rallying; we really wanted that bill passed, and we were heartbroken when it wasn’t,” said Beach.

Hopefully the Ice Girls contenders who didn’t make the team this year weren’t heartbroken as well; since the skaters must try out every year, even if they’ve made the team in the past, tryouts can be tough even for veterans. Some skaters saw the competition and dropped out early, deciding to polish their skating and vie to wear the Islanders’ blue and orange uniforms another time.

Still, the tone on the ice was friendly, with plenty of skaters seemingly enjoying the opportunity to have the ice rink to themselves on a hot summer day. In between drills and interviews, newcomers and experienced Ice Girls alike zipped around the ice gracefully and chatted about the team.

“I love it; I love the feeling of being on the ice in front of the crowd, and I love skating, so it’s like the best job in the world,” said Lisa from Manhattan, a veteran Ice Girl.

Danielle from Smithtown agreed. “I’m a huge Islanders fan, so what’s a better way to support them with something I love – figure skating!”

While some of the skaters said they wanted to be a part of the Ice Girls while they attended college part-time, others said they were looking to pursue professional figure skating in the future, with kid-friendly ice shows like Disney on Ice as one likely career option. However, while all the girls clearly love to skate, according to Beach, skating is only one part of what makes the Ice Girls what they are.

“They do so much more than what you see at the games; they are really ambassadors for this community,” said Beach. “Long Island should be proud to have the Islanders here.”

Islanders Ice Girls Back for Eleventh Season

Auditions to be held August 6th at Islanders Iceworks in Syosset

The Ice Girls are back and searching for new members.

If you think you have what it takes, the Islanders are looking for outgoing, energetic females to audition to become one of the 2011-2012 Islanders Ice Girls. Potential Ice Girls are positive role models to the entire Islanders community and represent the organization at all times.

For all interested females, auditions will be held Sat., August 6, at 12 p.m. at Islanders Iceworks. Applicants should arrive photo-ready, with hair and make-up done, wearing form-fitting athletic clothing and a crop-top half shirt. Girls looking to tryout must be 18 years or older as of Oct. 1, 2011 and must bring a recent headshot, resume and a pair of figure skates.

During the tryouts, girls must be able to skate backwards and perform various skating positions, including lunges, spirals, three-turns, t-stops and power crossovers. The organization is looking for females who stand out in their audition, so bring enthusiasm and interest in the team. Show some personality and make the audition memorable.

In addition, Islanders Ice Girls are expected to work all 41 home games during the regular season and participate in community events each month with the Islanders I.C.E. Tour.

Audition check-in is at 11:30 a.m. at Islanders Iceworks, located at 175 Underhill Blvd., in Syosset, NY. If you want to be an Ice Girl, contact Erin Willey at 516-501-6874 or Erin.Willey@newyorkislanders.com for more information.

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Islanders’ Ice Girls Help Out at Mineola Food Drive

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Ken Ryan
Mineola Patch
January 24, 2011

Food drives are common occurrences during holiday seasons, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, hunger on Long Island knows no off-season.

Alan Smith, manager of Roni Deutch Tax Center at 134 E. Jericho Turnpike in Mineola, understands this better than most people do. He is a member of the speaker’s bureau for the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead and his mission is to raise awareness of this issue.

The INN operates a growing network that includes 1,500 volunteers managing 19 soup kitchens. Together they serve more than 320,000 meals annually, according to the organization.

The INN, founded by volunteers in 1983, addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing shelter, long-term housing and supportive services in what Smith says is a “dignified and respectful manner.” Smith said the INN has a “don’t ask” policy when it comes to feeding the hungry.

“If you’re someone who has the guts to go there, you probably need a meal,” Smith said. “A lot of the people probably [who come for food] have jobs but don’t make a lot of money.” Instead, studies show, they make sacrifices like paying for utility bills and rent while cutting back on food.

TheRoni Deutch Tax Center collected non-perishable food items and clothes Saturday as part of its commitment to fight hunger and homelessness on Long Island.

In exchange for donating five non-perishable food items, customers received a 25 percent discount off their 2010 tax preparation fees. For every non-perishable can of food, the tax center takes off $10 on the bill, up to $50 (five cans).

“This is ongoing through the tax season,” Smith said. “We’re very community minded here.” The offer extends to unemployed workers who will receive a 50 percent discount off the price of their 2010 federal and state returns.

All food donations will go to benefit the INN.

The New York Islanders organization took part in the food drive by sending two members of the Islanders Ice girls’ team to Mineola to collect food and greet passersby. The Ice girls at the event were first-year member Victoria and third-year member Danielle. As per the organization’s policy, they do not give out their last names.

The 11-member New York Islanders Ice girls’ team, the first of its kind in the National Hockey League, takes part in many community efforts during the season. Each Ice girl goes to four events of her choosing.

“I chose this one because I thought it would be cool,” Danielle, who identified that she was a student at Adelphi University and a competitive skater and coach, said.

Victoria, a rookie on the team, had competed in Europe the previous 3 years. Her plans include attending C.W. Post. She is happy to be an Ice girl, which requires speed and precision skating. “I love it so much,” Victoria said, calling it, “My dream came true.”

Smith praised the Islanders organization for their service to the community. “The Islanders bend over backwards for their corporate sponsors,” he said.

NHL Ice Girls Gallery

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New York Islanders to Host Ice Girls Tryouts

By Chris R. Vaccaro
Sachempatch.com

Skating on the ice during New York Islanders games is not reserved for just professional hockey players. Since the 2001-02 season, the Islanders have used ice girls to scrape and clean up ice during timeouts and over the past decade they have grown into ambassadors for the organization.

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Saturday, July 10 marks tryouts for the coveted ice girl roster spots. The team selects around 10 each season and all participants must be 18 years of age or older.

“We go with the best and most talented that we can find,” said Tim Beach, the Vice President of Game Operations for the Islanders.

The Islanders are pioneers in creating the ice girls and are the first NHL franchise to implement the dazzling and eye-catching skaters on the ice during games.

“The league sent out a memo asking that the ice cleaners speed things up,” said Beach, who has been with the team for 15 years. “We were an all union building and we didn’t envision teaching union employees to skate. We said, ‘let’s get some figure skaters out there.'”

There are presently over 20 NHL teams with Ice Squads that assist the league with ice maintenance during home games.

At the tryouts, girls will be asked to perform routines similar to what they would do during a game situation. They are sent out in groups of three to get a gage on their chemistry work with one another, just as it would happen at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum during hockey season.

Aside from on-ice duties, ice girls attend about 150 events for the hockey club.

“We would love to send the players to every single request,” said Beach, “but with the schedule and being on the road, we don’t have that ability. The ice girls pick up the slack.”

Most ice girls have been skating since they were young and usually have some figure skating in their background. The team asks that all girls trying out this year wear a form fitting crop top, athletic fit pants and have figure skates in hand.

If you’re thinking about trying out, don’t forget a photo and resume, as well as having your hair and makeup prepared prior to auditions.

Things to remember …

– On the day of auditions, participants must enter through the Coliseum box office.

-IslandersTV will record the auditions and place them on the team’s website video portal.

– For further information please call Kim Bienia at 516-501-6783 or Erin Willey at 516-501-6874.

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NY Islanders Ice Girl Auditions

Do you think you have what it takes to become an Ice Girl? Auditions set for July 10

islesWhat: 2010-11 New York Islanders Ice Girls Auditions
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale
NY 11553
When: Saturday, July 10th @ 12 p.m.
Who: Must be 18 years or older as of October 1st
What to bring: Headshot, resume, and figure skates
What to wear: Form-fitting athletic clothing, arrive photo-ready with hair
& makeup done
Pre-auditions will be held on Saturday, June 5th @ 12:30 p.m.
at Islanders Iceworks, 175 Underhill blvd., Syosset 11791

Are you Islanders Ice Girls material? Ice Girls open auditions for the 2010-11 season are scheduled for Saturday, July 10th at 12 p.m. at the Nassau Coliseum. All participants in this year’s audition must wear a form fitting crop top, athletic fit pants and have figure skates. IslandersTV will record the auditions and place it them on the team’s web-site video portal. Please bring a your photo and resume, as well as be prepared in full make-up and hair. All participants must be 18 years of age as of October 1, 2010 or above. On the day of auditions, participants must enter through the Coliseum Box-Office and there will be no charge for parking.

On Saturday, June 5th the Islanders will host “Pre-Auditions” for the 2010-11 Ice Girls Squad at Islanders IceWorks in Syosset at 12:30 p.m. This informal clinic will allow interested candidates to test their skating abilities, meet with the Islanders Ice Girls coach, and inquire about all the requirements for becoming a member of the NHL’s original Ice Girls team.

The Islanders Ice Girls were started in October of 2001 and was the first team of its kind in the National Hockey League. Over 20 NHL teams now have Ice Squads that assist with the NHL required ice maintenance at home games, team promotions, and community events throughout the year.

For further information please call Kim Bienia at 516-501-6783 or Erin Willey at 516-501-6874.

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