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Official Islanders iOS App!

Posted by on 05 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Mobile, News

The New York Islanders have just announced their official application for Apple devices running iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad).

You can listen to the radio stream, watch videos, order tickets and more! You can download this FREE application in the Apple iTunes store by clicking here.

Here is the release:

The New York Islanders announced today the release of their official app for iOS devices (iPhone, iTouch, iPad). The Islanders app is free and currently available for download in iTunes as well as in the app store on iOS devices.

Fans can now listen to the Islanders live radio broadcast of every game directly from their iPhones. The app will also keep fans more in touch with their favorite hockey team with all the top news, statistics, videos and features from

The app was developed by Synergy in conjunction with the teams’ radio broadcast partner, WRHU, Radio Hofstra University.

“The advent of smartphones has put the world on to our hand-held devices,” said Paul Lancey, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. “Our organization has made a real push in the digital space, this is just the next step. We look forward to watching it take shape, and we couldn’t ask for better partners than our friends at Hofstra.”

Dr. Evan Cornog, Dean of the Hofstra University School of Communication, said: “I’m delighted that the partnership between Hofstra and the Islanders is continuing to grow. We are pleased the role our University plays in broadcasting Islanders games on WRHU as well as in the new media space.”

And some screenshots!

Another US TSN Tradecentre Option on iPhone

Posted by on 28 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: General, Mobile, Trade Deadline, Trades

There has been a TON of interest coming in on the solution I posted last week on how to get TSN’s Tradecentre App for the iPhone and iPad.

Unfortunately, there seem to be some issues with my solution. Some folks are reporting varied success in creating accounts without providing a payment option and I myself – cannot seem to stream the video feed in the application. I get a “file not found” page likely due to my IP address location. That said, push notifications do work when a trade is made, complete with the ESPN dun dun da dun dun da alert (which always startles me).

Don’t fret folks, there is another option to stream the TSN feed on your device. The application is called Skyfire Web Browser and it allows you to stream flash video on your iPhone or iPad. Unfortunatey, the app is $2.99 but it works well. You can use it to stream video and audio from many websites that utilize flash.

Of course, you can always watch the TSN feed on the NHL Network if you are in front of a TV, or via Slingbox or Slingplayer – but if you are at work and moving about like me – these are your best options.

I personally use the TSN Tradecentre app for the push alerts as they are pretty quick, but I watch when I can via Slingplayer on my iPhone.

Here are some screen caps:

The View From The Top

Posted by on 06 Oct 2009 | Tagged as: General, Mobile

I meant to post this last night after the start of the season blog box meeting, but I had a few phone calls that interrupted the upload of the post.

Here is a picture from the very top of the Coliseum — from one very special Suite!

Islesblogger Now iPhone/iTouch Optimized!

Posted by on 24 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: Mobile, News, Site Announcements

Islesblogger iPhone Optimized!Being an iPhone owner, it can be a tad stressful when viewing a regular webpage that is graphic intense with the built in Safari browser. Any iPhone owner can tell you that all it takes is too much processing power and *POOF* a blank black screen.

I decided that because I have been trying my hardest to keep up with replying to recent comments, that it would be best to optimize the site for the iPhone/iTouch environment. A quick check of my stats and I found that there are several readers browsing my site with iPhone’s as well!

From this point on, anyone who views Islesblogger will be served the optimized content automatically. It’s easy to read, loads fast and still features the same great content you are used to. The only difference is that the main color of the site is white – which I was tempted to change, but it’s so easy to read I decided to leave it be.

If anyone has any suggestions, or finds a problem – please let me know as soon as you can!

Seven Mary Three

Posted by on 11 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: Gameday, Mobile

Opening ceremony performance by the band Seven Mary Three. More pics later, just wanted to give a taste – the platform was elevated over the ice up high. Good stuff and good band!

Isles Top Boston and Updates

Posted by on 24 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: General, Mobile, Site Announcements

Hockey is back baby and so is my gallery!

It took me countless hours to work out all the stupid errors, hopefully I never have to move to a new server – but at least next time I know a bit more about what to expect. If you go check it out, it should be working 100% and will have more photos by tomorrow night.

Mike over at Islanders 360 touched on the weather in his most recent post and I noticed the same thing when I went out to my van first thing this morning – the chill in the air. It was 52 degrees to be exact, perfect temperature to be working outside – something I do daily. It means that I don’t have to sweat ALL day, the busy season is over and that hockey is right around the corner.

Starting things off on the hockey beat, Greg Logan was doing all sorts of updates today. He had a few blog entries from camp, a live chat answering any question thrown at him and then a semi-live blog during the exhibition game against the Bruins. Busy guy that Greg Logan. Check out his blog and all of the entries over at Newsday’s site. If you are interested in the live chat recap post specifically, you can find that here.

Logan points out that he is getting similar reactions from all the veterans regarding head coach Scott Gordon – they buy into his style of coaching. While everyone is concentrating on what “overspeed” doesn’t mean – I will give you my opinion, as a hockey player.

Overspeed to me does two things, it makes your opponent make THE CORRECT split second decision and it enables you to take your game to a different level. The misconception is that the style makes slow players fast, but in reality it allows those players to make the right decisions in the little time they have. Here is a brief example:

Comrie skates up the boards and while in full stride receives an outlet pass from Campoli, Comrie continues up the wing and gains the zone – all the while his wingers and the defensemen join the rush. A quick pass here, players zipping left and right – where does the opposition go to play defense? Quick passes, quick skating, quick shots, bodies in front and constant high speed motion – these things cause turmoil and most importantly it’s tough to defend against. Greg points out the difference in shots tonight in the Bruins game – it was almost 2:1 (38-19), a game the Islanders won 2-1 in overtime, all due to overspeed.

I know I love what I am starting to see out of Gordon, just watch him yelling and pointing on iTV and you will see the glaring differences between him and Ted Nolan.

Keep an eye on Campoli, apparently he was injured during the game and those following shouldn’t need to be reminded about his recent shoulder woes.


Instead of taking up space in a second and third post I just wanted to address a few things.

First, Jim McGlynn of Greetings from Islanders Country has decided to step down from the Blog Box. Earlier this summer, Jon Jordan (now a full time Tampa Blogger for Hockeybuzz) decided he too needed to step down. I just wanted to take a second to wish them all the best in their future!

Secondly, tomorrow (or today by the time most of you read this) is the debut of Chris Botta’s new blog – Islanders Point Blank, be sure to check out Botta’s latest digs.

I have saved the best of last!

Every year since my mom passed away in 2003 – my Aunt has held a fundraiser at her hair salon Special Effects in East Hampton, NY in her honor. She sells raffle tickets leading up to and during the day of the event for prizes (proceeds going to the charity Breast Cancer Help) and also donates whatever intake from the salon as well. Last year, they managed to raise over $30,000 and the total grows every year they do it.

This year, the Islanders have stepped up to the plate and have made a donation! While I don’t exactly know the details just yet – I am blown away by their support. I cannot thank them enough!

For those interested out in Suffolk, here are the details:

Host: Elaine Hayes & Special Effects Hair Salon Staff
Start Time: Sunday, October 12 at 9:00am
End Time: Sunday, October 12 at 5:00pm
Where: Special Effects Hair Salon East Hampton, NY

Special Effects Hair Salon
1 Osborne Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937

Islanders 08/09 Schedule for Mobile Devices!

Posted by on 07 Aug 2008 | Tagged as: Mobile, News

Islanders Schedule on my iPhoneEveryone may or may not remember that I created an excel document so you can import the teams schedule into your outlook and mobile calenders last season. For whatever reason the team did not do so last year, so I did one to fill the void. Thankfully, the team has released the mobile calender this season and saved me SOME effort (I had already started creating one).

You can can either download the file on the Islanders website, or in the instructions below!


On the Islanders site, they want you to follow these simple steps:

  1. Save this file to desktop (or another location)
  2. In Outlook, open the Calendar
  3. Select File Menu
  4. Select “Import and Export”
  5. Select “Import from another file or program”
  6. Select “Comma Separated Values (Windows)”
  7. Select the file from where you saved it
  8. Select which folder to import to (most likely “Calendar”)

After following these directions exactly, my calendar would not import into outlook so here is what I did to fix the problem. Either re-download the csv file, or rename it. Make sure the extension is in all CAPS and reads “NYISchedule0809.CSV” (no quotes).

Once I did this and re-imported I had no problems importing.

One thing that the team plans to do, is update the calendar throughout the season – but given the problem that I had and a duplicate entry problem that Murph brings up in the comments section, I don’t know if that is such a novel idea.

One other thing that Murph mentions, if you do not use Outlook as your default calander and use iCalendar or Google’s calendar check out Yahoo’s Islanders Calendar!

For those of you out there with an iPhone and whom use Outlook and Mobile Me with PUSH data – I can verify that this works with that setup. I made sure Mobile Me had a fresh Sync and within seconds my calendar was on my device.

Isles Trade Down

Posted by on 20 Jun 2008 | Tagged as: Mobile

Isles trade number five, confirmed

On Our Way!

Posted by on 20 Jun 2008 | Tagged as: Mobile

Look out Canada, two wild and crazy bloggers are on their way to Ottawa for a weekend of drafty goodness. Tom Liodice and I are sitting at our terminal (way too early) posting from our phones because we are not paying for wifi. It was nice breezing through check in and security, but now we have lots of downtime.
At least we are technically on our way, right?
More in a bit!

Three More Called Up, Witt DONE!

Posted by on 12 Mar 2008 | Tagged as: Call Ups, Gameday, Mobile, News

Well for everyone who wanted to see some of the kids get more icetime, this is definately your chance.

With Fedotenko and Hilbert being felled to injury last night, the Islanders had no choice but to bring in even MORE help from Bridgeport in the form of Steve Reiger, Tim Jackman and Matthew Spiller. This is in addition to: Tambellini, Colliton, Comeau, and Walter. One can only assume that Kyle Okposo will get his proverbial “cup of coffee” here in the next few games with this insane lack of scoring and rash of injuries.

Another intersting day in Islanders Country – I think this “Were all Islanders” motto has been taken a little too far.


Just some updates per Greg Logan’s latest blog entry!

Seems as if Spiller will be replacing Witt who has decided he can no longer work with his bum knee. I think this is a good choice as it appears the Islanders hopes of reaching the playoffs has faded. I would prefer Witt concentrates on getting healthy for next year.

Vasicek will be returning from the flu for tonight’s game, so Jeremy Colliton was sent back to Bridgeport. Reiger and Jackman will indeed fill in for Hilbert and Fedotenko.

Maybe Nolan really is coaching the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Three reinforcements arrived from the Islanders’ AHL affiliate to fill out the lineup tonight. Defenseman Matthew Spiller has the biggest shoes to fill. He’s in for Brendan Witt, who no longer can play effectively on his sprained knee. Forwards Steve Regier and Tim Jackman also will play in place of injured Ruslan Fedotenko and Andy Hilbert. Josef Vasicek, who missed the Tampa Bay game because of the flu, returns to the lineup, replacing Jeremy Colliton, who was returned to Bridgeport. Jackman and Spiller should add a physical element that has been missing since Chris Simon was traded. Certainly, Spiller’s callup might be a reaction to the way defenseman Rob Davison was handled last night in his second fight as an Islander.

Sutton Out 4-6 Weeks, Fata Up

Posted by on 19 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: Mobile, News

Drew FataIslanders d-man Andy Sutton was injured in last nights thrilling come from behind victory over San Jose, and it was costly. The 6’6″ 245 lb defenseman took Jeremy Roenick into the boards behind DiPietro pretty hard and came away looking like he had just gotten shot. He managed to hunker down and stay in position helping DiPietro maintain the teams lead, but needed to be helped off the ice after the play stopped. We were informed during the post game press conference that Sutton had felt some discomfort in his hamstring area and would be re-evaluated the next day. Sutton underwent an MRI on his hamstring this morning, which revealed a partial tear – he will be out four to six weeks.

Add this injury to the ones to Witt (sprained MCL), Campoli (season ending shoulder surgery) and Gervais (strained oblique) and you have quite the shortage of blueliners. Bridgeport Sound Tiger Drew Fata gets the call on an emergency basis for the first time this season. The Isles have laughed in the face of diversity and injuries the last four games – can they continue the pace with yet another key injury or will management now add a defenseman to the list of parts the Islanders need in order to reach the playoffs.

With Islanders GM Garth Snow in Florida for the general mangagers meeting, he could very well be shopping pick and/or prospects (much to the dismay of Islanders fans everywhere) to the other GM’s in attendance. Just to add a friendly reminder, the GM meetings last year is where Snow had preliminary discussion with Edmonton’s GM in what would later be the Ryan Smyth trade that shocked the league – so don’t be surprised if Garth is sending feelers out.

It’s not going to be easy, but the Islanders have the momentum they need and have their own destiny in their hands. Tommorow’s game against the Capitals just became even more important. Hopefully the team has the intestinal fortitude to weather this latest injury and build on what is the longest point streak of the season.

BREAKING NEWS: Okposo Signed!

Posted by on 28 Dec 2007 | Tagged as: Mobile, News

Per Islanders insider; Okposo inked to three year deal and will join the organization after the World Juniors Tournament is over!

More info plus links when I get home.

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