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Rangers partner on free N.Y. street hockey program

Friday, 10.26.2012 / 1:22 PM / News

NHL.com

Thursday, the New York Rangers in conjunction with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, and Coca-Cola launched the third year of their special indoor youth hockey clinic.

Over the next several weeks, children will be offered a series of free street hockey sessions at area rec centers, offering youth a chance to play the game while learning about the importance of exercising and keeping a balanced diet.

The program started in 2010 with 650 children and has expanded to involve 2,500 participants at 50 different sites.

"Any time you're giving a child an opportunity to play hockey, it's a privilege," said former Rangers player Adam Graves, who serves as the team's head of hockey and business operations. "From the time I was 4, even up to today with my children, there's not a better way to spend the day than running around playing street hockey. I can remember playing two and three hours of street hockey a night when I came home from school."

The weekly clinics will begin in December throughout the New York City region. They will run through January before culminating in a spring tournament aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Registration for the free clinics is open and runs through Nov. 30. Interested participants can register at www.NYRangers.com or nyc.gov/parks.

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