Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/1/2013


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We can now officially turn the page on August and head into hockey season. With the calendar reading September 1 and most enjoying the last official weekend of summer, attention will soon turn to the kickoff of the National Football League season as well as the opening of training camps around the National Hockey League.

No official word from the Islanders organization as of this date but it is widely assumed that rookies will be asked to report on September 4 with veterans on September 11. Myself, Rich Diaz and Mike Willhoft will have you covered as we begin preparations to attend out first camp as credentialed members of the Islanders media.

A little interesting drama unfolded yesterday as Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian was asked about his relationship with Islanders forward Kyle Okposo. If you remember, it was Kyle who ended Bogosian’s season on a hit that caused the young defenseman to miss the remainder of the season with a concussion.

When asked about it, all Bogosian had to offer was ‘I will leave that between us’….Although he laughed when providing the answer, more interesting was the reported coldness displayed at the US Olympic orientation camp between the two. It might make for an interesting first match-up this season between these two teams.

So sit back, enjoy some of your favorite barbecued meats and cold beverages of your choice and most importantly, keep safe during this Labor Day. Remember to be responsible and not drink and drive, for you are putting yourself and someone else, and their family potentially, at serious risk. Hockey will be here before you know it and we will cover it for you from top to bottom at Eyes On Isles with our excellent staff of writers.

-Andy (@tazman19)

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