NY Islanders on hand for launch of new Sticks and Skates program

People of all ages in the Brooklyn community now have a place to enjoy free public ice skating as Sticks and Skates launched Monday at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside. 



The community program will offer free ice skating every Monday during the hockey season, which ends in March.



Some familiar faces from the New York Islanders were on hand to kick off the program.



"We are having some fun, there is no doubt about it and we are just trying to give the kids an opportunity to become hockey players and more importantly become skaters...," said former Islander and TV color commentator Butch Goring. 



The program expects to have more than 10,000 people skating throughout the season. All gear required to skate will also be provided. 



In addition to kids getting the opportunity to skate with some former NHL players, they also learned that the team provided them and their families with free tickets to an Islanders game.


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