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Isles, players purchase 300 tickets for military families

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders celebrates

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders celebrates his second period goal against the Nashville Predators with teammates Mikhail Grabovski and Johnny Boychuk at Barclays Center on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Islanders' players and front office pooled together $60,000 to purchase more than 300 tickets for active, retired and wounded military veterans and their families for Sunday's late afternoon game against the Bruins at Barclays Center.

The ticket donations were made through Defending The Blue Line, an organization that provides hockey equipment, NHL game tickets and assistance to family members of military vets. Islanders forward Matt Martin has four seats set aside for every home game through the organization.

"It's important that the men and women who protect us overseas are recognized, supported and applauded for their service," Johnny Boychuk said. "We are able to play a sport everyday because of the sacrifices they make, so we're happy to invite them to our game to relax and make some fun memories with their families."

The players will wear camouflage warmups jerseys for the pregame skate and auction off the signed sweaters as part of Military Appreciation Night.


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