Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan were on hand at a recent NYR Assist supported by Chase event at a Chase branch in New York City accepting gently-used hockey equipment.
1) His first hockey team was Hastings Youth Hockey (Minnesota)
2) His hockey idol growing up was Steve Yzerman
3) His pregame meal is pasta and salad
4) His favorite city to play in on the road is Minneapolis — St. Paul
5) Click here to find out what made Stepan
On November 12th the MSG Training Center ice was full of excitement. Players competed in friendly practice matches and worked on their skills with the help of coaches. However, on this night, the only New York Ranger on the ice was Dan Boyle, and the rest of the ice was filled with youth hockey players ages 8 & under. The “Go Skate!” youth hockey event hosted 90 youth hockey players and their families for a Q&A session with Dan Boyle and USA Hockey’s Regional Manager, American Development Model Matt Herr followed by an ADM format cross-ice jamboree where coaches, Dan, and Matt helped kids hone their skills on the ice.
“Go Skate!”, the New York Rangers youth hockey platform is designed to introduce children to the sport of hockey, increase accessibility, and create enhanced experiences for current amateur hockey players through innovative recreational programs and community partnerships. The event was meant to be a resource for families new to the sport and for kids just getting their start to get in some additional playing time.
The questions for Dan Boyle and Matt Herr ranged from asking for tips on improving skating to pre-game rituals and superstitions. Questions were taken from the event audience and participants as well as online submissions. Stacy Wierl the Section ADM Coordinator for USA Hockey in the East said, “We encourage parents to reach out to get information on where they can get their kids registered and signed up to learn to play. Local rinks in the east section of New York State and Long Island offer plenty of programs where kids can learn how to get involved, and these programs are supported by USA Hockey and the American Development Model.”
The event was designed to create a unique experience and everlasting memory for the kids and parents involved. Not many people have the opportunity to skate on the ice at the MSG Training Center, let alone a New York Ranger. Vincent Milillo, the Rink Manager at Brewster Ice Arena attended the event with their Future Rangers program participants. He said, “Getting to skate with a current New York Ranger is going to leave a lasting impression, and it’ s going to give them something that they will always hang on to.”
To learn more about the New York Rangers “Go Skate!” platform, visit www.newyorkrangers.com/goskate
To learn more about the American Development Model visit www.usahockey.com/youthhockey
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Fans who donated equipment were entered for chances to win exclusive prizes including tickets to the Riverbank celebratory event being held on Wednesday, December 10th at Riverbank State Park. The event will feature a Try Hockey for Free session, a cross-ice jamboree, player appearances and an exhibition game featuring New York Rangers alumni. In addition to the donations provided by Rangers Assist and equipment collected from the Chase Bank appearance, all the revenue generated from ticket sales will all go towards the Riverbank Youth Hockey program.
Riverbank Youth Hockey helps make the sport more accessible and affordable to participants by providing all of the necessary hockey equipment on loan to its players and keeping registration fees to a minimum. Riverbank is the 5th recipient of the Rangers Assist initiative which began in 2012. In addition, Rangers Assist equipment collection bins can be found at 30 rinks throughout the tri-state area.
To purchase tickets to the Riverbank Celebratory Event or to register your child for the Try Hockey For Free session visit www.newyorkrangers.com/assist
The Rangers hosted 90 kids ages 8 and under from community rink partners at the MSG Training Center for a chance to skate with Dan Boyle.
The New York Rangers and Chase announced plans at the Rangers Home Opener for several new grassroots youth hockey projects for the 2014-15 season as part of the New York Rangers Assist Supported by Chase community initiative.
This season, the program will partner with the John T. Wright Arena/Mackay Rink in Englewood, NJ and the Riverbank State Park Youth Hockey Program in Harlem.
1) His youth hockey team was the Thornhill Thunderbirds (Ontario)
New York Rangers Youth Street Hockey presented by Coca-Cola "Get the Ball Rolling" kicked off on October 28th in Union Square Park. This season marks the fifth year of the program which has reached over 7,500 children in the tri-state area since its inception. This year, the program hopes to reach another 3,000 children bringing the total to more than 10,000 kids in 5 years.