The New York Rangers and Garden of Dreams provided kids who participate in the Power Players introductory street hockey program with the chance to learn to play ice hockey at the Madison Square Garden Training Center. The Garden of Dreams Foundation provides the Power Players street hockey program to four charity partners each season. Children from the Children’s Aid Society, Harlem Dowling, Police Athletic League NYC, and WHEDco are provided with weekly scheduled clinics from November to January that aim to educate and inspire 100 new players and 100 returning players, known as Selects, each year.
On March 30, as a final component of this season’s program, the Selects had the opportunity to try ice hockey for the first time at the MSG Training Center. Rangers alumni Dan Blackburn and Darren Turcotte were on hand to offer instruction, sign autographs and take photos with the children. In addition, representatives from Ice Hockey in Harlem were on hand to talk to the kids who have expressed interest in continuing to develop their hockey skills beyond the Power Players Program. Rangers alum, Darren Turcotte, stated,“Hopefully they continue playing in the future, and this helps grow the game.”