5 Things You Didn’t Know About Chris Kreider…
1. The first team he ever played for was Masconomet Youth Hockey in Massachusetts.
2. His hockey idol growing up was Ray Bourque.
3. His favorite off-ice hobby is reading.
4. Click below to find out what Chris’ first skating experience was like….
5. Click below to find out what hockey skill Chris works the hardest at…
Rangers Assist Supported by Chase kicked off the celebration of its first completed project for the 2014-15 season at Riverbank State Park the evening of December 10th. Fans and community members braved the snow and cold temperatures to come and support their local youth hockey program and NY State Parks facility as they unveiled the donations received from the New York Rangers and Chase Bank.
The donation project consisted of an off-ice training zone, portable boards that allow the ice to be broken up into sections to make room for more kids, and a tent to be used as auxiliary locker room space. All of the donations were highlighted at the event. The locker room area was used by kids and coaches playing on the ice, the portable boards were put into place during the cross-ice jamboree, and the training zone was set up on the terrace for fans to check out. All of these elements are designed to help Riverbank Youth Hockey become more efficient as the program grows each year.
The night kicked off with a Try Hockey For Free session that allowed local children with little to no playing experience, the chance to learn the game from current NY Rangers Kevin Hayes and Matt Hunwick. Hayes said of the event, “This is awesome being able to skate with these young guys and give back to the community.” Over 100 children registered to partake in the experience that teaches beginners everything from how to skate, to stick handling. Following Try Hockey for Free, the portable dashers were highlighted during a cross-ice jamboree for Riverbank’s mites and squirts. Three games were held simultaneously on the ice as a way to showcase the Riverbank program.
The final part of the celebration was an exhibition game featuring six New York Rangers alumni and coaches and parents from the Riverbank Youth Hockey community. Rangers alumni Ron Duguay, Brian Mullen, Stephane Matteau, Ed Hospodar, and Mark Janssens took the ice with their assigned teammates from Riverbank while Ron Greschner stepped in as coach.
The Riverbank pee wee team played a short game during the alumni game intermission, and Stephane Matteau and Brian Mullen stayed on the ice and filled in as goalies. When of the pee wees managed to get the puck past Matteau, he jokingly dropped his gloves and challenged the player to “try that again.” The intermission game became one of the highlights of the night between Matteau’s on ice antics and Mullen’s acrobatics in the net.
As the evening came to a close the total donations were tallied. Between the boards, the training zone, the tent, and the sales numbers from tickets, raffles and silent auctions, the donation totaled to upwards of $30,000.00. All of the proceeds go to the Riverbank Youth Hockey program.
To learn more about Rangers Assist visit www.newyorkrangers.com/assist
Rangers Assist supported by Chase will be making its 2nd stop of the 2014-15 season on January 25th at Playland Ice Casino in Rye, NY. The rink, which has close ties to the Rangers organization and served as the team’s practice facility prior to the MSG Training Center opening in 2005, was forced to close after it was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. For two years the facility has been undergoing a massive restoration project costing millions of dollars.
When word broke of the damage to the rink, the Rangers Assist project fell into place. With the support of Chase, the Rangers were able to give back to the rink that they called home for decades. Playland was the practice facility of the NY Rangers for 23 years, including in 1994 when the team won the Stanley Cup. “I was very fortunate to call Rye Playland home for ten memorable years. We are all very excited and proud to be able to participate in the. NY Rangers Assist program, ensuring local kids the opportunity to skate and play hockey for years to come!” said Rangers alumni and Stanley Cup winner Adam Graves.
The celebratory event will consist of a Try Hockey for Free session open to nearly 100 beginners ages 4-10 and offer kids with no playing or skating experience the opportunity to learn from Rangers alumni. Following Try Hockey for Free will be a public skate open to the Rye community. The afternoon will be capped by an exhibition game featuring Rangers alumni from the 1994 Stanley Cup Championship team. In addition, a silent auction will be held on site with exclusive prizes and experiences that fans can bid on. All proceeds will benefit the Playland Ice Casino.
For more information on Rangers Assist visit www.newyorkrangers.com/assist
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