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Lifelong NY Islander Fan and Current Maine Hockey Player Attends Islander Prospect Camp 

Maine forward Joey Diamond was born and raised in Long Beach, New York and grew up idolizing the New York Islanders. A few weeks ago he got an invite from the Islanders to be a part of their 40-man prospect camp. Prescott Rossi caught up with Joey as he returned to Orono.Right now Joey Diamond is in Orono teaching kids at Maine’s Youth Hockey Camp. A few weeks ago he was suiting up in the locker room of the New York Islanders.”I got the call a week before the camp and asked me if I wanted to come and skate their camp. It was cool to be in that locker room, seeing the tradition and everything.”The camp may have only lasted a week but its an experience Diamond will never forget.”It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done playing hockey, I grew up 20 minutes from the Coliseum where they play. It was kind of like a dream come true, growing up being an Islanders fan.”As a college hockey player, NCAA rules prohibit Joey Diamond from receiving any gifts from the Islanders. That even includes the gear he wore at the Islanders camp.”Some of the guys that play in Canada, they’re taking all the stuff home and I have to leave everything behind and I got nothing to show for it but it was a cool experience, being there was good enough for me.”>Joey Diamond wasn’t the only Black Bear at the Islanders prospect camp this summer. Maine sophomore Matt Mangene was there as well. On the last day of the camp, the Islanders held a scrimmage to cap things off. Team Orange beat Team Blue 3-1. Scoring one of the goals for Team Orange? Joey Diamond.