In support of USA Hockey’s annual “Hockey Weekend Across America,” this year, the New York Rangers have teamed up with the city of New York to declare the first ever “Hockey Weekend in New York,” highlighted by a series of special events and complimentary hockey programs throughout the weekend.
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NEW YORK RANGERS / USA HOCKEY
INVITE KIDS TO TRY HOCKEY FOR
– FREE –
On Saturday, November 5th, the New York Rangers will team up with USA Hockey and community ice rinks across the tri-state area to host the first ever “Try Hockey for Free Day” to celebrate “Come Play Youth Hockey Month” throughout November. The event will introduce the sport to over 1,500 children ages 4-9 through free skating and hockey lessons at seven participating rinks in the area. Rangers alumni Adam Graves, Nick Fotiu, Ron Greschner, Glenn Anderson, Brian Mullen, Dave Maloney, Gilles Villemure, Pete Stemkowski, Peter Ferraro and Chris Ferraro will be on hand at each of the rinks throughout the day to help teach the basics of the sport. Complimentary rental skates will be available at each rink, and every child who attends “Try Hockey for Free Day” will receive a free Rangers hockey stick.
The Danbury Whalers and TK’s American Cafe in Danbury are proud to announce that on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:35 pm when the Danbury Whalers take on the Cape Cod Bluefins that night’s promotion will be a tribute New Haven Hockey.
The Legendary Rod Gilbert and fan-favorite Brian Mullen were on hand in the morning to great fans. Ruslan Fedotenko, who is now an unrestricted free-agent from the current Ranger team, was a surprise guest for those in attendance in the morning session. In the afternoon, Duguay and one time New York Ranger and Hartford Wolf Pack Assistant Coach Nick Fotiu greeted fans.
Street hockey teams from across the Big Apple played in a mini-tournament and a multitude of others played pick-up hockey games and took turns in a Rangers hockey bouncer and had a lot of fun taking slap shots on goal in another inflatable.
Between sessions, Duguay shared his thoughts on some of the Whale players that made the Rangers this season, his thoughts on the coaching staff and the tragic loss of Derek Boogaard.
Athletes often have unique ways to get involved with the sports that they love.
Nick Evlampios Fotiu got plenty of enjoyment from football, soccer and boxing while growing up in Staten Island, but a bit of divine intervention helped the rugged New Yorker develop a desire to play hockey.
Fotiu loved the New York Rangers so much that he would follow their every move and spend more than an hour each way taking a bus, a ferry and a train from his home to Madison Square Garden, where he would sit in the cheap “blue seats” in the upper reaches of The World’s Most Famous Arena.
And on Sundays, Fotiu would stop in Greenwich Village to visit his grandmother for a pasta dinner and then travel to MSG to watch a team that occasionally challenged for the Stanley Cup but didn’t win pro hockey’s most cherished prize for more than half a century.
Ironically, a few years later, Fotiu would ride the same train for a totally different reason. Continue reading
85th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
New York Rangers Heritage Week: Nov. 12-17
The 2010-11 hockey season marks the New York Rangers 85th Anniversary of the franchise. In honor of this special anniversary, the New York Rangers are unveiling Heritage Week, a weeklong schedule of activities and programming from November 12-17 that will provide fans with multiple opportunities to help celebrate the team’s great history. The celebration will kick off on November 12, when the New York Rangers unveil a brand new third jersey that the team will wear during select regular season games. The jersey is a contemporized throwback that will pay homage to the team’s rich history and iconic alumni. A special version of the jersey featuring unique embellishments will be available exclusively at Madison Square Garden.
Heritage Week will begin on Friday, November 12 with two grand launch events taking place at the Rink at Rockefeller Center and the NHL Powered by Reebok store on 6th Avenue. Both events will feature appearances by a host of top current Rangers players as well as Rangers alumni including Brian Leetch, Eddie Giacomin, Adam Graves, Ron Duguay, Nick Fotiu, Vic Hadfield, Brian Mullen, Gilles Villemure and Pete Stemkowski.
The celebration event at Rockefeller Center will be presented by The Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and will feature a free public skate for fans from 8 PM-midnight following the official unveiling of the team’s third jersey during ceremonies beginning at 7:00PM. Simultaneously, the NHL Store will be offering Blueshirt fans the opportunity to be the first to don the exclusive new Rangers jersey when they open their doors for a special event from 6-10PM. The lucky costumer who makes the very first purchase of the 85th anniversary jersey will win a prize package that includes tickets to the November 17 Rangers home game against the Boston Bruins, where the team will skate in their heritage jerseys for the first time. Rangers past and present will stop by the NHL Store throughout the night, stepping into the radio booth for interviews for Sirius/XM’s NHL Live! show. Fans will have the opportunity to submit questions for the radio interviews, win raffle prizes and giveaways.
Throughout the week, Blueshirt fans will be treated to a special Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit located at the mall area in front of The Garden. Featured items will include Conn Smythe, Norris, Calder and Vezina Trophies, game-used equipment from Ranger greats as well as a one-of-a-kind display area highlighting the evolution of the Rangers jersey ranging from the original 1926 jersey to the 85th Anniversary Heritage Jersey.
The weeklong celebration will culminate on Wednesday, November 17 with a special Heritage Night presented by American Express at The Garden when the Rangers wear the jersey for the first time against the Boston Bruins.
Digital Activation: Stick Salute Challenge and Anniversary Microsite
Blueshirt fans in New York City and beyond will have the opportunity to participate in Heritage Week through the Stick Salute Challenge, a cross-platform online and mobile program to win exclusive Rangers prizes including limited edition 85th Anniversary hockey sticks and autographed team memorabilia. The stick salute challenge will extend throughout the week and will include a virtual scavenger hunt that fans can access through Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare and through their mobile devices. [facebook.com/nyrangers].
The Rangers will also debut a 85th Anniversary microsite on www.newyorkrangers.com that will feature a moderated Twitter feed featuring fan generated content and an interactive history timeline that will enable fans to personalize their experience via Facebook Connect functionality. The microsite is presented by Ford.
Tri-State Area Skating Parties
On Saturday, November 13, several official Rangers partner community ice rinks will be hosting free public skating sessions to celebrate the New York Rangers 85th Anniversary. The skating sessions will feature appearances by New York Rangers alumni, raffles and fan giveaways at the following locations and times:
- Floyd Hall Arena– 1:15-3:15 PM featuring Ron Duguay
- Danbury Arena – 1:30 – 3:30PM featuring Vic Hadfield
- Brewster Arena – 3:00 – 4:30 PM featuring Vic Hadfield
- World Ice Arena – 12:00-1:30 PM featuring Eddie Giacomin
- Staten Island Skating Pavilion – 2:30-4:30PM featuring Nick Fotiu
- Stergiopoulos Rink – 2:30-4:30 PM featuring Eddie Giacomin