The Islanders’ East Meadow practice facility will be open on Monday when the NHL begins phase 2 of its plan to restart the season.
General manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters on a conference call Friday that Northwell Health Ice Center will be open to players, but he is unsure how many will be working out there. There are about a third of the players in the area and Lamoriello called it a “very voluntary situation.”
“Even if a player decides he doesn’t want to start skating Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday, at least he knows he has the option to do that,” Lamoriello said. “There’s a comfortability with that. Provided they’re certainly willing to make the sacrifices that are necessary with the protocol and most players are.”