The New York Rangers and Chase announced plans at the Rangers Home Opener for several new grassroots youth hockey projects for the 2014-15 season as part of the New York Rangers Assist Supported by Chase community initiative.
This season, the program will partner with the John T. Wright Arena/Mackay Rink in Englewood, NJ and the Riverbank State Park Youth Hockey Program in Harlem. Representatives and youth hockey players from each rink were joined on the ice by Blueshirts alumni Adam Graves, and Stephane Matteau. In addition, Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh will serve as the spokesperson for the initiative.
“It’s important to make the game of hockey as accessible to our young fan base as possible,” said Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh. “Through the New York Rangers Assist Program, we will reach younger hockey fans that have a passion for the sport by providing a variety of opportunities that can help them play the game and develop their skills.”
As part of the program, each of the youth hockey organizations will receive a $25,000 donation in the form of equipment, infrastructure, and other training aids and tools that will be used to help introduce more kids to the sport and eliminate participation barriers. “We are always looking for new ways to accommodate more players and families and introduce them to this great game.” said Michael Patterson, the head of the parents association for Riverbank. “We are so grateful to be working with an organization like the Rangers.”
Rangers Assist supported by Chase is part of the Rangers GoSkate! youth hockey platform which introduces thousands of children to the sport of hockey, increases accessibility, and creates enhanced experiences through innovative recreational programs and community partnerships. Through Go Skate! the Rangers host more than 150 events annually reaching over 10,000 kids across the Tri-State.