July 31st marked the last day of the Rangers Youth Hockey Camp this summer. The MSG Training Center played host to over 350 youth hockey players during four sessions throughout the month. Campers were provided with top of the line instruction from the NY Rangers Hockey Development Team as well as appearances by Rangers alumni, prospects, and current players.
Each day brought new skills to learn and new activities to participate in. Campers, who were split into three age groups, were guaranteed 2.5 hours on the ice each day with a morning and afternoon practice. In addition, campers were taken off the ice for dryland training and recreation time. Recreation time allowed campers to participate in multiple team sports and trust exercises to help prepare them for their upcoming seasons. The Rangers Youth Hockey Camp focuses heavily on multi-sport participation as a way to cross-train young athletes.
Some of the highlights from the month included appearances by NY Rangers Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, and Keith Yandle. Legends Adam Graves and Mike Richter also took the time to stop by and help out with the on ice instruction. Rounding out the appearances were prospects Mackenzie Skapski, Brady Skjei, and Boo Nieves who shared stories about his experience playing at Michigan and his love of music.
NY Ranger, Chris Kreider said of the camp, “These camps are a great chance for kids to come out and get on the ice during the summer. It is equally as important to get off the ice and have a little fun in the sun and do other things to. Hopefully they learn a lot and come away from this having a positive experience.”
The month of camp brings a unique experience to the participants and their parents. It provides campers with an inside look into the MSG Training Center and allows them to develop in a positive and safe environment. At the end of each week, parents were invited to camp to watch the scrimmages and awards ceremony where 3 specific campers were chosen out of each group for their hard work, leadership skills, and respect from their fellow campers. Click here
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