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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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Whalers Sports & Entertainment announced today that, in the spirit of “Hockey Weekend Across America”, the Connecticut Whale will present “It All Starts Here Night” at its home game this Saturday, February 18 against the Worcester Sharks.
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.
CHARLOTTE JR. CHECKERS 12 & UNDER TEAM IS A FINALIST AT THE USA HOCKEY NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
INDIAN TRAIL, NC – The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association’s Charlotte Jr. Checkers 12 & Under “AA” team fell short in their bid for the 2011 USA Hockey Tier II National Championship today, losing the title game in overtime to the Oklahoma Oil Kings in San Jose, CA.
Hartford, CT – Whalers Sports and Entertainment announced today that Bob Crawford and Chris Kotsopoulos will join the group of featured players for the Hartford Whalers legends vs. Boston Bruins legends game February 19, 2011 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
Ex-Whaler Bob Crawford Named
Senior VP for Whalers Sports and Entertainment
Whalers Sports and Entertainment Chairman Howard Baldwin announced today that former Whaler Bob Crawford has been named Senior Vice President of hockey operations for WSE. Crawford will oversee operations of the 13-day outdoor Whalers Hockey Fest hockey to be held February 11-24 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. In addition, he will also perform many day-to-day functions for the CT Whale including: spearheading all youth hockey activities, serving as liaison between the Whale front office and hockey personnel, participating in Whale TV, radio and internet broadcasts and re-building the Whalers Alumni Association.
Crawford had most recently served as a consultant for WSE.
“Bob was one of the first people I reached out to when we returned to Hartford last year,” said Baldwin “His experience as both a Whalers and Rangers player and as the owner of three successful skating rinks makes him perfect for the job.”
“In addition to Bob’s extensive hockey experience, the business contacts and the relationships he’s developed in his 20-plus years in the Hartford area have been an immeasurable help to us already.”
According to Crawford: “Mr. Baldwin is one of the most creative and innovative executives in professional sports. When I played for him in Hartford (1983-1986), Howard and Emile Francis emphasized to all of us how important it was to be involved in the Hartford community. As a result of this time I spent in the community as a player, it was an easy decision to call Hartford home when I retired.”
“Mr. Baldwin’s commitment to Hartford hockey is even stronger today as we prepare for the Whalers Hockey Fest and the CT Whale’s first AHL season. With his leadership and the support of the Hartford community, both the team and the Hockey Fest will put Hartford and the state of Connecticut back on the hockey map again.”
Crawford’s 10-year professional career saw him play for the NHL’s Rangers, St Louis Blues and the Whalers. His playing career saw many highlights among them was his 36 goal season with Hartford in 1984 and his trip the 1986 Stanley Cup semi-finals as a member of the New York Rangers.
Crawford’s coaching career has seen him win multiple championships and has seen him transform the Connecticut Junior Clippers/Wolf Pack into one of the top programs in the nation with over 150 of his players graduating to NCAA Division I and III college hockey. The teams have had two national tournament showings and in 2000 the Clippers finished 3rd and won the USA National Championship and the following 2001 season. Winner of the AJHL Coach of the year award in 2004, Bob was selected as a coach for the USA Hockey Select 18 National team that won bronze in Canada in 2006.
Professionally, Crawford is now working in his 15th year as owner/operator of the multi-rink/fitness facility “Champions Skating Center”, “Bolton Ice Palace”, and the International Skating Center of Simsbury CT. He is on the board of directors for USA Hockey and was named a New England director for his second three-year term in 2009. He also serves on USA Hockey’s International Council.
More information can be found at www.WhalersSports.com.