Back on December 16th when the Islanders hosted the Washington Capitals at the Coliseum, the team agreed to participate in an ESPN the Magazine feature called "Fan Army Goes to Work"where a casual fan works a game night position for a team. There as someone who was an “Assistant Coach” at an NCAA men’s basketball game, a game operations assistant for an NBA game, etc. A young, 27-year old lady named Shannon Patinkin, whose boyfriend is apparently an Islander fan, was an Ice Girl for a night for the magazine’s feature.
You can read the story here. It’s also on page 72 of the February 9th edition.
I personally don’t understand what Shannon was expecting of the experience. She clearly didn’t get it.
She said: “Speaking of players, we were not allowed contact with the Islanders. We even entered the rink from the visitors' tunnel and always had to keep a distance from the home team.”
Response: Was she expecting to set up dinner plans for after the game? And half the squad enters through the visitors side, the other half does in fact enter through the Islanders' entrance.
She said: “We weren't allowed to do tricks, because the NHL says using our picks creates big holes in the ice. Bummer.”
Response: Who cares about the health of the players if they get a skate caught in a divot or rut.
She said: “Before the game, we ran over to a season ticket-holder event and took photos. The fans clearly didn't think we had any brains at all. And there was a little too much hugging.”
Response: So she wanted to get to know the players, but not interact with the fans.
She said: “They didn't even let me keep the ugly outfit.”
Response: Her personal taste aside, the costumes aren’t cheap. People just love free things. See this.
There's an accompanying video to her experience. The funny thing is, if you just watched the video, you'd think she had a great time. After reading the story, not so much.