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Graduate makes NHL debut with Islanders

December 14, 2010

Rhett Rakhshani, who played in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) as a member of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (NTDP) from 2004-06, made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders on Monday in a 5-0 loss to the Nashville Predators.

In 56 NAHL games, Rakhshani tallied 25 goals for 53 points.

After the NTDP, Rakhshani, a 22-year-old from Huntington Beach, Calif., played four years at the University of Denver before beginning his professional career with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League last season.

 
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