On Wednesday, February 27, Ice Hockey in Harlem held their 25th Annual Winter Sports auction. The evening’s honoree was Rangers alumnus Brian Leetch who was recognized for his years of service to the New York hockey and philanthropic communities. Leetch was joined by fellow alumni Rod Gilbert, Dave Maloney, Ulf Nilsson and Mark Messier as well as MSG Network’s Sam Rosen.
Rosen served as the Master of Ceremonies as he has done for many years and introduced Messier who presented the award to Leetch. The evening included a dinner and silent and live auctions. The annual winter auction is one of Ice Hockey in Harlem’s biggest fundraisers and raises money for the organization’s year round programming.
Ice Hockey in Harlem has worked with the New York Rangers since their incarnation 25 years ago working with many Rangers alumni including Jeff Beukeboom, Rod Gilbert, Pat Hickey, Brian Leetch, Ulf Nilsson and Steve Vickers. Ice Hockey in Harlem’s mission is to improve the social and academic well being of children from the Harlem community.
The organization offers programming that allows children in the community to take advantage of the educational and athletic opportunities provided by youth sports. Through participation in ice hockey, IHIH student-athletes learn the fundamentals of the game, engage in an active lifestyle and broaden their life experiences. For more information on Ice Hockey in Harlem please visit their website, www.icehockeyinharlem.org.