Hard Knocks, Islanders style? Maybe.
A camera crew from New York-based IMG Media filmed yesterday's media day events as part of a proposed "Hard Knocks" type insider's view of the Islanders' 2010-11 season.
The production company and the Islanders are working together through training camp to produce footage for a pilot to be pitched to sports television networks - think MSG Network more than HBO or TSN.
If it sells, the crew will follow the team, most likely through practices and home games, and give a behind-the-scenes look at a hockey season.
"It's in its beginning steps right now," said producer Ray Jacobs, whose crew had its first day of shooting Tuesday. In addition to filming the on-ice workouts and locker-room interviews, coach Scott Gordon and forward Trevor Gillies wore wireless microphones during practice.
Owner Charles Wang was also miked before and during his state of the team news conference.
"Charles is a willing and eager participant," Jacobs said. "He wants to get the team the exposure something like this might bring."
IMG will pay a fee to the Islanders based on the sale of the pilot. A source said the idea was not shopped around the league, that the Islanders were more appealing because of the rebuilding of the team and the fact that they are not a sure contender.