Sept. 29, 2009
Notre Dame, Ind. – New York Islanders’ General Manager Garth Snow will be the guest speaker at Notre Dame hockey’s annual “Drop The Puck” season-opening function. This year’s “Drop The Puck” will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the Joyce Center Field House beginning at 7:00 p.m. Fans will have a chance to meet the 2009-10 Notre Dame hockey team’s players and staff with the event free and open to the public as long as space is available. Please RSVP to attend the event by calling 574-631-7356 or email ndpromos.edu by Friday, Oct. 2 at 5:00 p.m. Bonefish Grill and Outback Steakhouse will serve as co-sponsors of the 2009 “Drop The Puck” event.
This season-opening event will give Irish hockey fans a chance to look back on the 2008-09 season that saw the Irish go 31-6-3 and win their second CCHA regular-season and postseason titles and get geared up for the start of the 2009-10 season on Friday, October 9 versus Alabama-Huntsville at the Joyce Center. The 2009-10 team will be available beginning at 7:00 p.m. with the speaking portion of the program to begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Food, refreshments and a variety of interactive activities will be available throughout the evening.
This year’s guest speaker, Garth Snow, is in his third year as the general manager of the New York Islanders. A goaltender with the Islanders from 2001 to 2006, Snow retired as a player on July 18, 2006 to become the fifth general manager in franchise history. During his NHL career, Snow played 12 seasons, finishing with a 135-147-43 record along with a 2.80 GAA and .901 save percentage over 368 games with Quebec, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and the Islanders.
A native of Wrentham, Mass., he was originally selected in the sixth round by Quebec in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft and signed with the Islanders as a free agent on July 1, 2001.
A 1993 graduate of the University of Maine, Snow represented Team USA at the 1994 Olympics in Norway and at the 1998 World Championships in Switzerland.
A three-year hockey standout at Maine, Snow led the Black Bears to an NCAA Championship, defeating Jeff Jackson’s Lake Superior State Lakers in 1993 and was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team and earned Hockey East Second Team All-Star honors. At Maine, Snow earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
The Irish open the 2009-10 regular season on Friday, Oct. 9 as they start a weekend series at the Joyce Center versus Alabama-Huntsville at 7:35 p.m. Tickets for that game are on sale now via the Notre Dame website, at the Gate 1 Ticket Office or by calling 574-631-7356.