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New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes to play NHL exhibition game in Halifax

As news broke Tuesday about a NHL game in Halifax this September between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders, many wondered will star forward John Tavares be on the Scotiabank Centre ice?

Islanders general manager Garth Snow made no promises.

“We don’t make our lineups until the days leading up to the games,” Snow said via conference call during the event announcement Feb. 10 in Halifax.

“If you look at our track record of pre-season games in Canada, we usually for the most part put our team on the ice,” Snow added.

Snow and Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis called in to speak about the Sept. 26 game with Scott Ferguson of Trade Centre Ltd. and John Graham of On Ice Management.

The Islanders are one of the up-and-coming teams in the NHL, led by Tavares. Carolina’s lineup includes Eric Staal, Jordan Staal and defenceman Justin Faulk.

“They’re a young team, they’re an exciting team. Go back and look at the Olympics – Tavares. Look at the world juniors – Tavares,” Graham told reporters of New York.

The Islanders last played in Halifax in 2008, while the Hurricanes will make their first appearance.

Ferguson said this will be the first major hockey event for the newly-named Scotiabank Centre, and fans might feel as if they’re walking into a different arena come September when 10,000 new seats, expanded concession area and booths, and bathrooms will be in place.

Tickets range from $84 to $104 including tax, and go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticket Atlantic.

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