The New York Islanders are making a new home at the Dix Hills Ice Rink for their equipment pro shop, and the opening may make way for the rink to become a regular stop for the team.
The pro shop, which originates from the Islanders’ Syosset practice rink, will be the team’s second store and will feature the NHL merchandise, along with hockey and figure skating equipment for all ages and levels.
The grand opening is taking place on Oct. 30 at the Dix Hills Ice Rink with a day chock-full of events including a free public skate session starting at 2 p.m. with the Islanders Ice Girls and mascot Sparky the Dragon. Later on, two of the newest members to the team, Matt Martin and Travis Hamonic, will be on the ice to teach those in the Youth Hockey Clinic some professional moves and sign autographs.
The opening of the shop is the first time the Islanders will have a direct link to Suffolk County, and may also open the door for the team to take part in the Half Hollow Hills community, said pro shop manager Tim Murray, who also runs the Syosset location.
“It opens up avenues where the Islanders themselves can do other things to help the community,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for the Islanders to skate there and for the players to run clinics in summer camp or during winter programs. Having the pro shop there is definitely a chance to have a partnership with the players.”
The pro shop will be giving away tickets and prizes all day, which include two game tickets for every $75 spent, and four tickets for every $100 spent.