A pair of Island natives have made the opening-night roster for the New York Islanders.
Forward Ross Johnston, a Suffolk native, and defenceman Noah Dobson, a Summerside native, were on the NHL squad’s 23-man roster announced on Tuesday.
The Islanders open the campaign Friday at home against the Washington Capitals.
Dobson, 19, is a six-foot-four, 184-pound blue-liner who has won the Memorial Cup in back-to-back years with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in 2018 and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies earlier this year in Halifax.
He was New York’s first-round pick (12th overall) in 2018. He has not played a game in the NHL.
Johnston, 25, is a six-foot-five, 235-pound left-winger known for his physical play. He has played 42 games across three NHL seasons, all with the Islanders. The Charlottetown Islanders and Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals alumnus had a goal and three assists to go with 23 penalty minutes in 17 games in 2018-19.