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Friday, January 11, 2008

Nystrom to appear in Islander game

It's been over 21 years, but a Nystrom will play in an Islander game tonight when the Isles visit Calgary.

Eric Nystrom was only 3 years old when his father made his final NHL appearance on April 5, 1986. That was a token appearance for Bobby Nystrom, who had been injured when teammate Gerald Diduck's stick caught him in the left eye during practice on Januarry 5 1986.

The appearance in the Islanders' final home game of the 85-86 season allowed Nystrom to complete his career with 900 games played as an Islander. Ironically, or perhaps fittingly, it was done at the suggestion of Al Arbour, who wanted Nystrom to reach the milestone. Arbour was similarly honored by Ted Nolan earlier this season.

Eric Nystrom got into two NHL games in the 05-06 season but missed most of last season with a shoulder injury. he has played 34 games with Calgary this season, with one goal and four assists. The only NHL goal of his career came in his second appearance of this season, on October 30 against Nashville. Nystrom has 43 penalty minutes on the season, including seven major penalties.

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