It's one size fits all when it comes to nicknames in the New York Islanders' locker room, apparently.
From building their own pads to having to make do with their older brothers' gear, players fondly reminisce on their first pieces of hockey equipment.
Matt Duchene remembers feeling like he was in way over his head.
For the Indigenous youth, the hockey camp in Ochapowace First Nation affords them the chance to dream big. For Mathew Barzal, it’s a chance to make lifelong connections.
Here are a handful of cool facts about the Islanders' talented young forward. And as you’ll see, five is a perfect number to note when you talk Barzal.
Mathew Barzal came out of the holiday break on a tear with a pair of performances that helped him co-lead the week's scoring.
Barzal, who became the seventh rookie in NHL history with at least 20 goals and 60 assists, and just the second to notch three five-point games, was humbled after being named the 2018 Calder Trophy recipient.
These young guns have taken their best shot, literally, in 2017-18. While they might be short on NHL experience, this handful (plus one) of rookies is seriously big on talent.
His mere presence makes even the steeliest of competitors uncomfortable. But when it comes to his teammates, John Tavares has quite the opposite effect.
Three of them are Ted Lindsay Award recipients, three are still active NHL players. Find out who cracks Mathew Barzal's Top 5 hockey idols growing up!
Mathew Barzal was in all the right places Sunday night, picking up five assists to make New York Islanders history as part of an impressive seven-point week, which helped the Coquitlam, B.C. native gain serious traction among the rankings of rookie point-getters.