GDF, NHLPA team up for a special clinic

Graves, Messier help introduce skating, hockey to teens

Saturday, 11.21.2009 / 10:15 PM / Community
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GDF, NHLPA team up for a special clinic
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On Saturday, Nov.21, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) donated $12,500 worth of hockey equipment to the Garden of Dreams Foundation as part of their ‘Goals and Dreams’ program.

Rangers legend Mark Messier helps a youngster learn how to skate and play hockey at a special clinic held Nov. 21 at the MSG Training Center.
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To celebrate this tremendous donation, Rangers legend Adam Graves and select players from the Rangers youth hockey community hosted a special learn-to-skate clinic at the MSG Training Center for children from the Garden of Dreams Foundation.  Mark Messier, who is Special Assistant to the Rangers President,  also stopped in to give a few pointers.

Following the skating event, the Garden of Dreams children and the youth hockey players were invited to the Rangers home game against the Florida Panthers that night. The kids were treated to a private suite to take in all of the action.  To cap off the day, each participating child from Garden of Dreams was given their very own Rangers jersey during an on-ice presentation which was conducted in between periods of the game.

The equipment donation was a part of the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund’s 10th anniversary world tour, where the NHLPA visited 10 countries in 10 days and donated a total of 250 sets of brand-new hockey equipment valued at approximately $125,000 to local grassroots hockey programs around the world. New York was the final stop before the tour’s conclusion in Toronto Canada on Nov. 22.

With this donation, Garden of Dreams alongside the Rangers will continue to introduce underprivileged children to ice hockey.

For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and Fuse to "make dreams come true for kids in crisis," please log onto gardenofdreamsfoundation.org.