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Islanders players take part in NHLPA Fortnite tournament

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 26: A gamer plays the video game 'Fortnite Battle Royale' developed by Epic Games on a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone during the 'Paris Games Week' on October 26, 2018 in Paris, France. 'Paris Games Week' is an international trade fair for video games and runs from October 26 to 31, 2018. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 26: A gamer plays the video game 'Fortnite Battle Royale' developed by Epic Games on a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone during the 'Paris Games Week' on October 26, 2018 in Paris, France. 'Paris Games Week' is an international trade fair for video games and runs from October 26 to 31, 2018. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
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The NHLPA will be hosting a Fortnite tournament today. The New York Islanders will have three reps all from within the system.

Just about everyone plays Fortnite. It’s one of the most popular games on the planet with over 78 million players per month. Obviously, that will include New York Islanders players.

On Monday, May 18, the NHLPA will host a Fortnite tournament. NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite will have 65+ professional hockey players to win a charity prize pool.

Just about every team in the NHL will have three participants play in the tournament. Although I don’t see one for the Rangers on the list.

For the New York Islanders or team “Long Island”, their three participants are:

  • Grant Hutton
  • Kieffer Bellows (2016 1st-round pick 16th overall)
  • Simon Holmstrom (2019 2st-round pick 23rd overall)

The tournament will be hosted on Twitch at the following link: Twitch.tv/espnesports

The winners of the tournament will win a $200,000 charity prize pool.

This should be good fun and have us see the lighter side of things during this unprecedented time.

I originally wanted to point out that Islanders first-round pick from 2014 Josh Ho-Sang was not on team “Long Island” and is instead playing for “The Griefers” with Jake Walman and Devante Smith-Pelly.

Maybe that was yet another sign that the Isles and Josh Ho-Sang’s fractured relationship was well beyond repair.

But then I saw that Cal Makar was playing for team “Bush Bandits” instead of Colorado’s team and William Nylander playing for Team Sweden and not Toronto, I quickly pulled that notion. Clearly, I was overthinking a simple Fortnite tournament.

If you’re a Fortnite fan I’m sure this tournament will be fun to watch so be sure to tune in to the three-hour tournament at Twitch.tv

Again, here’s the link for the tournament: Twitch.tv/espnesports

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