On Thursday, the Blueshirts were honored by New York's "Original SoupMan", Al Yeganeh, who dedicated his latest soup creation to his favorite hockey team.
Yeganeh, world-famous as the inspiration for the main character in the Seinfeld
"Soup Episode", chose the perfect day to unveil the new "Ranger Muscle Soup." That's because Thursday also happened to be the 80th anniversary of the first Rangers game at Madison Square Garden.
"Ranger Muscle Soup" made its official debut at The Original SoupMan
's Rockefeller Center location on West 48th St. Yeganeh was unable to attend the event, but Rangers great Rod Gilbert and current team member Jed Ortmeyer joined several "The Original SoupMan" representatives to welcome the new soup.
"Al's a fan of all New York sports, especially hockey," said Yeganeh's public relations representative John Rarrick. "He has an affinity for the city and wanted to give back to both communities."
Prior to dishing out the new soup, Keith Lyon, President and COO of The Original SoupMan
, presented a check for $1,500 to the Garden of Dreams foundation. Affiliated with the Rangers and all areas of Madison Square Garden, the "Garden of Dreams" program is committed to helping children in crisis throughout theTri-State area.
The event was a fun-filled gathering for the Rangers representatives and New Yorkers who turned out for the event.
As he served the Ranger Muscle Soup to a group of fans, Ortmeyer was approached by a man who said he was a Boston Bruins fan. Upon hearing this, Ortmeyer screamed the infamous Seinfeld
line "No soup for you!" before signing an autograph.
At the end of the event, Ortmeyer turned to the Rangers fans and said that at the end of this season he had plans to "eat this soup out of the Stanley Cup!"