The New York Rangers organization is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Christopher Reeve. Chris was a treasured member of the Rangers family. His passion for the Rangers ran deep and his support for the organization over the years was strong and unwavering.
In 1999, the Rangers partnered with Reeve to create SuperSkate, a charity hockey event to benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and the Rangers Cheering for Children Foundation. New York Rangers players, celebrities and youth hockey players have participated in the annual event supported by countless Rangers fans. Since its inception, the event has raised over $600,000 for the two charities. Most recently, the Rangers established NYR/CRPF quality of life grants, donated to organizations which support improving the lives of disabled individuals.
A highlight of SuperSkate every season was Christopher addressing Rangers fans, players and celebrity participants. There were always two messages that resonated loud and clear each time he spoke.
First, his courage and determination to combat the effects of paralysis and bring hope to the millions of others throughout the world that are affected by paralysis. Second, as a childhood hockey goaltender, his enjoyment of the game and his love of the Rangers community - the organization, players and fans - provided him with many thrills and memories.
The New York Rangers organization extends condolences to the entire Reeve family. Christopher Reeve will be sadly missed. His memory and legacy will live on and will always be in our hearts.
MARK MESSIER STATEMENT: "I am deeply saddened by the news of Christopher's passing. He triumphed in the face of a tremendously difficult life crisis. Christopher turned outside and found a wonderful purpose in creating awareness and raising funds for spinal cord injuries. Personally, I was very inspired by his commtiment and I always felt energized and a sense of great hope after spending time with him. He will be missed by all those fortunate to spend time with him."
WAYNE GRETZKY STATEMENT: "We are saddened by the loss of Christopher. His presence with helping less fortunate people, his time with his family and friends and his passion for the New York Rangers and the NHL will be missed! But like Tery Fox, his work and efforts will help so many other people and will last a lifetime. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."