New York Islanders fans funneled back into the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the first time in months on Friday, for the New York Islanders Draft Party 2012. More than 9,000 fans showed up for the event, and were greeted by activities ranging from locker room tours, puck handling competitions, street hockey games, video game tournaments and other attractions, including inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and a Ferris Wheel. The American Red Cross was on hand for a blood drive that lasted 8 hours and resulted in 275 pints of blood collected. Numerous players were on hand from both the New York Islanders and their AHL Affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers for fans to meet and take photos with.
Once the draft began, fans headed towards the seats, where they were greeted by news of a trade, as the New York Islanders acquired veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a second round pick in the 2013 draft. Then when the fourth overall pick appeared on the scoreboard, fans watched as New York Islanders GM Garth Snow announced Griffin Reinhart would be the Islanders newest addition. Reinhart seemed to be a hit among the fans, who were hoping for a solid, well-rounded, top defenseman in this year’s draft, and when added to the acquisition of the veteran blueliner Visnovsky, most fans were quite pleased with the moves that Islanders GM Garth Snow made, and the entire Draft Party Experience.