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Lunch with Graves offers insight for subscribers

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Rangers great Adam Graves continued reaching out to Season Subscribers in a big way over the past few weeks, hosting two lunches for groups of randomly selected subscribers on both Nov. 20 and Dec. 7.

Graves took the subscribers to lunch at Stout restaurant, located just a few blocks from The Garden. Although subscribers often enjoy posing questions for former players, Graves he got the conversation going by turning the tables on his guests. He asked a series of questions about their experiences as Rangers fans, beginning with their favorite Rangers memories.

One of the younger attendees at the Nov. 20 lunch described the thrill of being a Rangers Honorary Blue Crew Kid. The boy's father, meanwhile, was taken back to memories of his own boyhood. He told the story of the day his father surprised him with tickets to his first Rangers game.

Famous firsts might have been a theme of the Nov. 20 event. When asked about the most memorable goal he scored as a Ranger, Graves simply said "my first."

On Dec. 7, the second group of subscribers turned the conversation toward the current Rangers team. They enjoyed quizzing Graves on aspects of the game and were very focused on the 2006-07 Rangers. Graves again turned the tables to ask them what they thought of the current team, and if there were any changes they would make to it.

After Graves shared his insights on what goes on behind the scenes, many in the group said they quickly learned that being an NHL scout, coach or general manager is a little tougher than they thought.
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