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Sources: Islanders to hold training camp in China for 8-10 days in September

SUNRISE, Fla. - Multiple sources have confirmed that the Islanders will travel to China in September for eight to 10 days of training camp for the 2010-11 season.

The deal has been agreed to in principle but no contract has been signed.

"No training camp plans have been finalized," general manager Garth Snow said. "We're still exploring all our options."

Those with knowledge of the situation, however, said team owner Charles Wang, who could not be reached for comment, is enthused about the project and is forging ahead to firm up plans.

It is believed the Islanders will make stops in Beijing and Shanghai during their Asian jaunt.

Wang, who was born in Shanghai, already has dedicated a significant amount of time, money and resources to growing hockey in Asia through several grassroots community initiatives.

Wang's Project Hope is a program designed to provide Chinese student-athletes education and instruction in and around the Heilongjiang province in China. The program also provides equipment and develops hockey facilities throughout the country. The hope is that bringing the Islanders to China will enhance the profile and garner interest in the sport.

Although they remained in North America last September, the Islanders are no strangers to a taxing, travel-intensive schedule in training camp. They hosted camp in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and also traveled to Trail, British Columbia; Edmonton, Calgary and Kansas City, Mo., before their regular-season opener at Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 3.

Before the start of this season, Chicago and Florida played two games in Helsinki and Detroit and St. Louis opened their season with a pair of games in Stockholm.

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