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Islanders to hold training camp on Long Island

Islanders center John Tavares is working with skating

Islanders center John Tavares is working with skating coach Dawn Braid to increase his speed and agility. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

After the much-anticipated trip to China fell through and weeks of uncertainty about where training camp would be held, the Islanders have decided to remain on Long Island.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow said this will be the first time in a long while that the fans can be part of the camp (expected to begin September 17) as opposed to years past where they've been on the road.

"It's going to be exciting to have training camp right here in long island. Our fans haven't had that opportunity for the past few years and it should be fun to connect with the community," Snow said.

Another benefit to staying at home will be the decrease in travel compared to the action-packed, travel-intensive training camp of recent years.

"Absolutely, although there are pluses on having camp elsewhere, too, but the good thing about Long Island is there is a lot we can do team-building wise and with the community."

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