New York Rangers & USA Hockey Host "Go Skate!" Youth Hockey Event
/ New York Rangers
On November 12th the MSG Training Center ice was full of excitement. Players competed in friendly practice matches and worked on their skills with the help of coaches. However, on this night, the only New York Ranger on the ice was Dan Boyle, and the rest of the ice was filled with youth hockey players ages 8 & under. The “Go Skate!” youth hockey event hosted 90 youth hockey players and their families for a Q&A session with Dan Boyle and USA Hockey’s Regional Manager, American Development Model Matt Herr followed by an ADM format cross-ice jamboree where coaches, Dan, and Matt helped kids hone their skills on the ice.
“Go Skate!”, the New York Rangers youth hockey platform is designed to introduce children to the sport of hockey, increase accessibility, and create enhanced experiences for current amateur hockey players through innovative recreational programs and community partnerships. The event was meant to be a resource for families new to the sport and for kids just getting their start to get in some additional playing time.
The questions for Dan Boyle and Matt Herr ranged from asking for tips on improving skating to pre-game rituals and superstitions. Questions were taken from the event audience and participants as well as online submissions. Stacy Wierl the Section ADM Coordinator for USA Hockey in the East said, “We encourage parents to reach out to get information on where they can get their kids registered and signed up to learn to play. Local rinks in the east section of New York State and Long Island offer plenty of programs where kids can learn how to get involved, and these programs are supported by USA Hockey and the American Development Model.”
The event was designed to create a unique experience and everlasting memory for the kids and parents involved. Not many people have the opportunity to skate on the ice at the MSG Training Center, let alone a New York Ranger. Vincent Milillo, the Rink Manager at Brewster Ice Arena attended the event with their Future Rangers program participants. He said, “Getting to skate with a current New York Ranger is going to leave a lasting impression, and it’ s going to give them something that they will always hang on to.”
To learn more about the New York Rangers “Go Skate!” platform, visit www.newyorkrangers.com/goskate To learn more about the American Development Model visit www.usahockey.com/youthhockey