The New York Rangers and Garden of Dreams Foundation honored representatives from the Foundation's partner organization, Wounded Warrior Project, at this year's Rangers "Military Night" held on Veterans Day, November 11.
The brave warriors, service men and women representing the five branches of the military (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy) were honored with an official welcome to Madison Square Garden during the Rangers-Hurricanes game and received an overwhelming standing ovation from the sold out crowd.
|Joseph Cook, the 8-year-old son of Major Randall Cook of the U.S. Army, dropped the puck for the ceremonial faceoff between Rangers captain Ryan Callahan and Carolina captain Eric Staal prior to the Military Night game played on Veterans Day. |
or this special night, Garden of Dreams and the Rangers hosted 30 children and warriors from the Wounded Warriors Project at the game. The group arrived at The Garden before the doors opened for the chance to walk the concourses of the newly transformed arena and to stop along the way to take pictures on the Zamboni, and on the Rangers bench and with New York Rangers great, Adam Graves.
The game started with a ceremonial puck drop by 8-year-old Joseph Cook, son of Major Randall Cook of the US Army National Guard. After pre-game, the service men, women and their families were escorted to catered suites to enjoy the game!
While some families were long-time Rangers fans, it was others first time visiting The World's Most Famous Arena
. During the game, the families received surprise visits from Adam Graves and actor Matthew Modine who stopped by to watch the game, take photos and sign autographs. The Rangers Blue Crew also visited the suites to lead Rangers chants and hand out Rangers shirts. The night was capped off by a 5-1 Rangers win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Rangers and Garden of Dreams Foundation would like to thank the Wounded Warrior Project and all service members for their dedication and service to our country.
For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation or to find out how you can help, please log onto gardenofdreamsfoundation.org. Story courtesy of the Garden of Dreams Foundation