Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Professional Hockey In Brooklyn

So tonight the Islanders face the Montreal Canadiens for the first of two meetings this week to close out the month of October. I'll be updating the site as information comes over Twitter from our Newsday beatwriter, Katie Strang who has made the trip.

Michael Grabner didn't make the trip and will skate here on the Island trying to get back into the line-up. So, since I have nothing else this morning I've decided on this:

I received this press release a few days ago and thought it may be worthwhile to pass along for all those who are NY residents. There IS hockey in Brooklyn and it isn't the relocated Islanders. Nope.


New York Aviators of the new Federal Hockey League to Play 30 Games at

Aviator Sports & Events in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, NY – OCT. 20, 2010 – The New York Aviators professional hockey team will play a 60-game schedule this season from October 29-March 12 as members of the new 6-team Federal Hockey League (FHL). The Aviators 30-home games will be played at the Aviator Sports & Events Center located at 3159 Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn’s new Floyd Bennett Field (exit 11S off Belt Pkwy).

Coached by Rob Miller, the Aviators open the 2010-11 season on Oct. 29 with a road game against the Danbury (CT) Whalers. They will play seven road games before opening a four game home stand against the Broome County Barons on Nov. 12 at 7:05 pm.

Tickets, which start at $8, are available at Aviator Sports & Events, by calling 718-758-7580 or by visiting the Aviators website at Special promotional nights include “Thirsty Thursdays” with discounted beverages and “Family Four Pack Saturdays” offering fans four box seats, four hot dogs and four sodas for just $48. Parking is free and all concessions and souvenirs are reasonably priced.

“I really think that New York hockey fans will enjoy the aggressive brand of hockey that the Aviators plan to play this season,” said Nick Fotiu, the Staten Island native who played 15 seasons in the NHL, most notably for his hometown New York Rangers. “Minor league hockey is a great way for fans to see the heart, passion and desire of the game up close and personal.”

New York Aviators 2010-11 home schedule:

Nov. 12 @ 7:05 pm vs Broome
Nov. 13 @ 7:35 pm vs Broome
Nov. 18 @ 7:05 pm vs Danbury
Nov. 19 @ 7:05 pm vs Broome
Dec. 3 @ 7:05 pm vs Danbury
Dec. 9 @ 7:05 pm vs Broome
Dec. 10@ 7:05 pm vs Danbury
Dec. 17 @ 7:05 pm vs 1000 Islands
Dec. 18 @ 7:05 pm vs Akwesasne
Dec. 23 @ 7:05 pm vs Danbury
Dec 31 @ 7:35 pm vs Danbury
Jan. 6 @ 7:05 pm vs Danbury
Jan. 15 @ 7:05 pm vs 1000 Islands
Jan. 18 @ 7:05 pm vs Akwesasne
Jan. 20 @ 7:05 pm vs Broome
Jan. 21 @ 7:05 pm vs Danbury
Jan. 22 @ 7:35 pm vs Broome
Jan. 28 @ 7:05 pm vs Danbury
Jan. 29 @ 7:35 pm vs Rome
Feb. 3 @ 7:05 pm vs Broome
Feb. 4 @ 7:05 pm vs Rome
Feb. 11 @ 7:05 pm vs Danbury
Feb. 18 @ 7:05 pm vs Akwesasne
Feb. 19 @ 7:35 pm vs 1000 Islands
Feb. 24 @ 7:05 pm vs Broome
Mar. 4 @ 7:05 pm vs Rome\
Mar. 5 @ 7:35 pm vs Broome
Mar. 10 @ 7:05 pm vs Rome
Mar. 11 @ 7:05 pm vs 1000 Islands
Mar. 12 @ 7:35 pm vs Akwesasne


The Federal Hockey League is committed to providing quality family entertainment at affordable prices in six North America cities for the 2010-11 season. The FHL is dedicated to the growth of professional hockey at the Class A level and creating a developmental ground for elite hockey players, coaches and front office staff as well. The six teams scheduled to take the ice for the inaugural season include: the New York Aviators (Brooklyn, NY); 1000 Island Privateers (Alexandria Bay, NY); Danbury Whalers (Danbury, CT); Akwesasne Warriors (Ontario, Canada); Broome County Barons (Chenago/Binghampton, NY); Rome Frenzy (Rome, NY). For more information, visit


Aviator Sports and Events Center, located at Floyd Bennett Field (FBF) in Brooklyn, is a premier sports, recreational and event complex. FBF was NYC’s first municipal airport and is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. Aviator has refurbished four historic aircraft hangars and surrounding grounds, in partnership with the National Park Service. The area includes the 170,000 square foot sports, entertainment and recreation complex and adjoining outdoor turf fields. Aviator provides a wide variety of sports leagues and activities, including a fitness center, camps, hockey, ice skating, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, soccer, football and much more. For more information, visit or call 718-758-9800.

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