Peter Cizikas has discovered all through quite a few dads’ visits not to try out to preserve up with his son Casey and his Islanders teammates. Not when it arrives to feeding on.
The Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders will have their annual dads and mentors’ excursion all through their two-activity swing to Boston on Tuesday and towards the Devils at Prudential Middle on Thursday night time.
The Islanders (30-15-6) did not follow on Sunday soon after back again-to-back again video games at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum. They rallied for a 4-2 gain over the Kings on Saturday night time soon after a thrilling 1- shootout loss to the NHL-leading Lightning on Friday night time.
Substantially of the Islanders’ main group has been alongside one another for quite a few seasons, and the dads have grown shut.
“He’s made a ton of buddies over the yrs,” mentioned Casey Cizikas, 27, who initial arrived up to the Islanders in 2012. “He’s usually speaking about how we’re going to go out for beers. Then, the initial meal on the highway, he’s like, ‘I’m stuffed. I have bought to go to bed.’ ”
The NHL is jokingly named the “Never Hungry League.”
Cizikas mentioned: “He goes, ‘Everywhere I go, there’s foodstuff. In the morning, the afternoon, at lunchtime, at the rink, soon after the rink, on the plane, there’s foodstuff almost everywhere.’ The initial excursion, he would consume everything. I feel he’s variety of discovered to settle it down a little little bit. Decide your meals.”
Nearly every NHL workforce hosts some variety of family members-linked workforce-bonding excursion, be it for the fathers, the moms or the siblings.
“It’s a superior excursion,” defenseman Johnny Boychuk mentioned. “You get to shell out time with your dad and everybody’s dad and get to know them a little little bit much better. It helps you when you see them all-around. It is just a nice little touch.”
For quite a few players, it is a reminder of when their parents would push them to early-morning youth video games.
And, Cizikas mentioned, a way of supplying back again for all the time their parents sacrificed to assist their professions.
“To be where I am today, it is definitely isn’t on me,” mentioned Cizikas, who extra to his occupation substantial with his 12th aim on Saturday. “It’s definitely on them. They made the sacrifices. They made the time. It may possibly have lower into their social daily life a little little bit. Or a ton, I guess. But they made the dedication in acquiring me to where I am today. This excursion indicates a ton to them. It is a nice way to give back again.”
Boychuk, 35, performed for the Bruins from 2008-14, so this will be a little bit of a homecoming for his father, also named John.
“We’ve absent twice on the fathers’ excursion there,” Boychuk mentioned. “We lived there for fairly some time so my dad knows a pair of individuals. He goes there and thinks he’s the mayor.”