It was an exciting night at the Northwell Ice Center last
Wednesday as hundreds of New York Islanders fans packed the arena to see
the future of Islanders hockey skate in the Blue & White Scrimmage,
signaling the end of the 2016 Islanders Mini Camp.
With over 50 draft picks and invitees flooding the ice, three PAL
Junior Islanders were among the mix as Cam Kuhl (defense), Jack Riley
(forward) and former captain Joe Duszak (defense) all completed the week
of on-ice and off-ice work in front of Islanders management.
Riley, 20, who posted 18 points (10G, 8A) in 42 games with the PAL
last season, took in this special moment but also used it to better his
“Being a part of Islanders Mini Camp is a great honor to me. As a
hockey player you want to play at the highest level possible and having
this opportunity to play alongside some of best young players in the
world and get the chance to participate in practices run by NHL coaches
all week is only going to help me become a better hockey player,” Riley
For any hockey player in camp, the goal is to get bigger, stronger
and faster, all the while showing off your talents and making a name for
Kuhl, 18, recorded six points (one goal, five assists) in 42 games
during his second season with PAL, credits the Junior Islanders
organization on helping get to where he is.
"It was an honor to represent PAL here at Islanders Rookie camp. The
PAL organization has been a tremendous program for me these past two
seasons. They have helped me develop into the player I am today,” Kuhl
said. “I want to thank all the coaches and staff for allowing me this
partake in this incredible opportunity."
Dusak, 18, captained PAL last season and his 60 points (14G, 46A0
were most by any defensemen in the USPHL last year. He is committed to
Mercyhurst University for this upcoming season and felt his week at
Islanders Mini Camp was key in his training before college.
“This was a great week for me personally. I was able to skate amongst
some of the best young talent the Islanders have and was able to better
my game,” he said. “I cant thank the PAL Junior Islanders for all they
have done for me.”
It was an exciting week for three PAL Junior Islanders, as they were
able to skate and work out with some of the top young talent the
Islanders farm system has to offer. For any player the goal is to get
better during camp. For Kuhl, Riley and Duszak, they also are making a
name for themselves.