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New Yorker Excited about Chance to Shine on Broadway

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The deal that sent Mike Dunham back to his home state of New York caught him off-guard when he was told of the trade. But after very little sleep, a few plane trips and an OT win in his Blueshirt debut, the Jonson City, New York native has had time to digest the move and is very much looking forward to this next chapter in his NHL career.

Q: How does it feel to be a New York Ranger?
MIKE DUNHAM: It feels great. It was certainly a shock the other day, but I’ve been having some fun.

Q: How did you learn of the trade and what transpired afterwards?
MIKE DUNHAM: I was supposed to play against St. Louis in Nashville (last Thursday) and about 45 minutes before game time I was told that the coach wanted to see me. I ran in not thinking anything of it and he had me sit down and told me I was coming to New York.

Q: Tell us about your game?
MIKE DUNHAM: I have felt pretty good about my play in the last eight or nine games. Unfortunately two weeks ago I had a mild groin strain and we were being careful with it so I missed a few games. I’m just trying to get a consistent level in my game right now and just going out there to try to do the best that I can.

Q: Expectations are high in New York. What do you think you’re facing coming here?
MIKE DUNHAM: This is a great hockey city. It’s one of the original six teams and for me to get a chance to come back to New York, obviously growing up in upstate New York, and play for the Rangers is something special. It’s still a game and I’m just going to go out there and do my best and have fun doing it.

Q: How did you feel in your Garden debut as a Ranger?
MIKE DUNHAM: It was exciting out there and to be honest with you, I was nervous before the game. This is Madison Square Garden and playing for the home team is a whole lot different than playing for the visiting team. Fortunately for me, it worked out. You’re playing for the home team with the New York fans behind you and you have the Ranger sweater on, which is the biggest thing. Being able to put that Ranger sweater on, growing up in New York, made it really exciting.
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