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.
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.