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Islanders and Ducks Deliver Christmas Spirit at Good Sam

December 23rd, 2016

West Islip, NY – Pediatric patients at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center received a holiday surprise when they were greeted by players, managers and mascots from two of New York’s professional sports teams.

Fresh off their 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders forward Nikolay Kulemin, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and goalie J.F. Berube showed up bearing gifts that the team collected during their annual toy shopping event. In addition to handing out presents, the players also met with each patient and their families to take pictures and sign autographs. They even signed one patient’s hospital gown! 

The smiles continued when Long Island Ducks manager Kevin Baez showed up with Quackerjack, the friendly fowl who serves as the team’s mascot. As soon as Quackerjack waddled through the door, one of the youngest pediatric patients on the floor raced over to give him a big hug.  Baez and Quackerjack were joined by WHLI radio host and program director, The Wiseman, as the trio delivered gifts that were collected during a community toy drive.

In total, more than 60 presents were delivered to pediatric patients at Good Samaritan during the visits that have become a holiday tradition.