In July, he got to play hockey in a much different environment. Rosen, 24, was part of the United States' silver medalists at the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
A great experience, he said, but a bit surreal as well.
The rink is in Metula, in the north of Israel, just over the border from Lebanon and Syria. Metula is just about 50 miles from Damascus.
"Especially now with what's going on there, it's crazy to think I was just there and could see Syria," said Rosen, who was assigned on Saturday to the Sound Tigers' new ECHL affiliate in Stockton, Calif.
"Security was always with us." The team got to see much of the country, visiting Jerusalem, seeing the Old City and the Western Wall, going to Tel Aviv, seeing the Dead Sea.
It was a nice cap to a hockey year that began with his senior season at Boston University. After that, the centerman signed a tryout with Bridgeport and played one game.
He also took part in the New York Islanders' development camp just before leaving for Israel.
"Obviouly his work ethic" stood out, Sound Tigers coach Scott Pellerin said. "He's been well-coached at BU. You know what you're going to see. He's hard-working. He plays his position very well. He's versatile." Rosen went to Boston University as a defenseman. Before his junior year, with the team in need, he moved to center.
Rosen said he knows he wouldn't step into the Sound Tigers' lineup as a top-six forward; he's got to win faceoffs, play a smart positional game and be reliable.
"If they need me on left wing, right wing, center, defense or in goal, I'm ready to play," Rosen said.
Rosen, on an AHL contract, was one of nine players the Sound Tigers sent to Stockton on Saturday. Two tryouts remain in camp, forwards Sean Wiles (who played three games for Bridgeport in the spring) and Brayden Irwin.
Bridgeport's camp will likely remain on Long Island while ice is laid at Webster Bank Arena in preparation for the Oct. 5 opener against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The Islanders have to cut down to 23 active players by Monday; they have 43 in camp now plus one more on injured reserve.
Alan Quine, the Islanders' sixth-round draft pick this summer, signed an entry-level contract. At 20, he's eligible to be sent to Bridgeport.
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