LaFontaine: 100 Greatest NHL Players

Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, Pat LaFontaine, Bryan Trottier

Classy, hard-working forward ranks fifth in goals among United States-born player

by Kevin Allen / Special to    -January 27, 2017

The Pat LaFontaine era with the New York Islanders started with general manager Bill Torrey’s disinformation campaign to hoodwink competitors into believing they weren’t interested in him.

“I told my secretary that if [Minnesota North Stars general manager] Lou Nanne called, and asked where I was, to tell him I’m up in Rhode Island,” Torrey said.

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Billie & George Ross Change Children’s Lives

CiC Foundation Executive Board member George Ross and his wife, Billie were featured in the Winter 2016-17 of Northwell Health’s GRATITUDE magazine. In addition to funding the Lion’s Den Room at Cohen Children’s Hospital, the couple have been instrumental in the development of other pediatric initiatives at the hospital.

Billie & George Ross

Most recently, the Ross’s fostered the development of the Billie and George Ross Center for Advanced Pediatric Orthopaedics and Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery. This is the only center in New York – and one of the few sites nationwide – to offer minimally invasive scoliosis surgery and house a dedicated team of scoliosis specialists. The center features MAGEC (Magnetic Expansion Control)and is led by two world-renowned experts in pediatric orthopaedic surgery.

Since 2007, The Ross’s have funded critical projects that transformed pediatric care at Cohen Children’s and made the hospital environment less scary for young patients. In addition to the Lion’s Den and the MAGEC initiatives, their investments helped develop the Neonatal Stabilization Unit and Radiology Comfort Care Room. They have also delivered interactive and educational systems to every patient’s bedside and provided two transport vans to assist patients and their caregivers reach the hospital for appointments.

The feature story is included on pages 14 and 15.

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