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The New York Rangers joined Ice Hockey in Harlem for their 23rd Annual Winter Sports Auction on Wednesday, November 18, at Madison Square Garden’s Play-by-Play restaurant. This year's event featured numerous Rangers players and alumni, who were all on-hand to support Steve Valiquette, the honoree of the evening.
|Rangers great Adam Graves chats with youngsters at the Ice Hockey in Harlem Winter Sports Auction with some of the items up for auction in the background. |
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Valiquette, along with teammates, Artem Anisimov
, Brian Boyle
, and P.A. Parenteau, as well as alumni Rod Gilbert, Adam Graves, Pete Stemkowski, and Gilles Villemure all pitched in to sign autographs and mingle with fans who enjoyed a special evening that featured a live auction, silent auction and raffle.
Valiquette was honored that night for his commitment to Ice Hockey in Harlem and was presented with an official Ice Hockey in Harlem jersey embroidered with number 40 and Valiquette on the back.
"It is truly a privilege to be honored this evening," said Valiquette. "Ice Hockey in Harlem does great work, and to be able to incorporate their children into my camp is excellent. The camp is one of the things I live for and I hope to continue it and continue to sponsor Ice Hockey in Harlem children to participate for years to come."
Ice Hockey in Harlem is a non-profit community-based organization for underprivileged youths that uses hockey to promote academic achievement, responsibility, teamwork, and good character. The objective of the organization is to provide inspiration, encouragement and guidance to children, leading to better life experiences, education and career opportunities. Since 1987, Ice Hockey in Harlem has enriched the lives of more than 1000 inner-city boys and girls.
For more information on Ice Hockey in Harlem, please visit www.icehockeyinharlem.org