On Tuesday, January 26, the New York Rangers and Garden of Dreams Foundation hosted a very special dream experience for 8-year-old Liam Traynor of Blauvelt, NY.
|Liam Traynor, 8, poses with Rangers scoring leader Marian Gaborik after the Blueshirts' Jan. 26 practice at the Madison Square Garden Training Center. |
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Liam, the ultimate Rangers fan, joined his family, including twin sister Shannon, for the Rangers practice at the MSG Training Center that day. Upon entering the rink area, the family was greeted by Rangers goalie, Henrik Lundqvist
, one of Liam’s favorite Rangers. Henrik presented each member of the Traynor family with personalized jerseys which they wore proudly for the entire day.
During practice, Liam sat close to the glass next to Rangers legend Adam Graves, making sure to wave to every player on the team. Liam even got a special wave back from his friend, Henrik, who was standing in goal.
Following practice, Liam was again surprised by Lundqvist who came off the ice in full gear and presented Liam with the same goalie stick he had practiced with. Several Rangers soon followed in introducing themselves to Liam and his family including, Michael Del Zotto
(who later came back and presented Liam and twin sister Shannon with autographed sticks of his own), Marian Gaborik
, Chris Drury, Marc Staal
, Ryan Callahan
, Brian Boyle
, Rangers legend Mark Messier and Head Coach, John Tortorella.
Liam’s dream continued the next day when he and his family were invited to watch the Rangers take on the Carolina Hurricanes at MSG. Prior to the game, Liam was given “VIP” treatment from Rangers staff who escorted Liam and his family to a private meet and greet with Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti, then they sat rink side to watch the Blueshirts warm-up. If this wasn’t exciting enough, many of Liam’s heroes acknowledged his presence by whacking the glass and handing him game practice pucks.
With Liam’s excitement at an all-time high after warm-ups, he and his family then went up to a catered suite where they watched the game. During the game, the group met the Rangers all-time leading scorer, Rod Gilbert, and spent time taking in the action with Adam Graves.
Truly a dream come true.
For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non profit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and Fuse to "make dreams come true for kids in crisis,” please log onto gardenofdreamsfoundation.org
.Contributions were made to this story by the Garden of Dreams Foundation