Zamboni Challenge kicks off playoffs
Duguay edges Matteau in race before Rangers' home postseason opener
With the Rangers coming home for their first home game of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Blueshirts hosted a Zamboni Challenge to add even more excitement for that night’s game. On Thursday May 6, Rangers alumni Ron Duguay and Stephane Matteau captained teams in the first-ever Zamboni Challenge on 33rd Street.
|Ron Duguay and Stephane Matteau show sportsmanship following Duguay's victory in the Zamboni Challenge|
Ron Duguay captained Team Blue against Stephane Matteau who captained Team White. Each alumnus had a different Rangers branded Zamboni to drive and race towards the finish line halfway down the street.
Fans gathered at the Blueshirts Live stage on 7th Avenue for pre-race interviews with the alumni and the Zamboni Challenge would kick off a series of activities that would lead up to that nights puck drop and occur prior to every home game during the 2013 Playoffs.
With each alumnus dressed in a Rangers racing suit and seated atop their respective zambonis, model Alejandra Cata dropped the Green flag kicking off the race at the 7th Avenue side of 33rd. Duguay jumped out to an early lead and although Matteau caught up at the Pit Stop, Duguay would never again be threatened and would defeat Matteau by a significant margin.
Follow his victory, Duguay was awarded the Zamboni Cup which he filled with champagne and celebrated with fans on 33rd Street. Blueshirts Live continued following the race with live programming, bands, giveaways and other interactive activities on 7th Avenue in front of the Garden prior to that night’s game.