Junior Rangers Youth Hockey Program Info >>
Tarrytown, New York -- Parents and their children on the ice together ... it doesn't get much better than that! That's what about 20 fathers and sons experienced on Sunday, March 20 at the MSG Training Center in Tarrytown, New York. Rangers Assistant Coach Mike Pelino
and former Blueshirt winger Brian Mullen
hosted a pair of clinics, beginning with a morning parent/player session for 6-12 year olds, and ending with a clinic for 6-10 year-old beginners in the early afternoon.
Close to 75 skaters from the New York metropolitan area took part in the on-ice festivities and all left with smiles on their faces after their one-hour workout. The kids weren't the only ones who left with a good sweat and a fun time, however.
For the first time, the Rangers offered parents the opportunity to lace up their skates and work on their basic hockey skills alongside their child. At the end of the day, it was difficult to determine who had the better time out on the ice.
"It was really great," said young Mike O'Byrne of Bellmore, New York. "I got the chance to meet a Rangers coach and a former player as well. I also got to learn some new things on the ice. It was really fun."
"I thought it was great," added Mike's dad, Michael, after the clinic. "Everyone had a real good time out there. It was a great father-and-son event and it's very nice of the Rangers to hold these kinds of events. We've been Rangers fans for years and I'd like to see it continue."
Julie Orlin, a devoted hockey mom from Stamford, Connecticut, didn't take to the ice, but enjoyed watching her son and husband through the corner plexiglass.
"I thought the clinic was great," she commented. "Not only did the kids have the chance to learn new things out on the ice, but the whole experience of being at the Rangers' practice facility was a great one."
"I thought it was really cool," said young Sam Orlin. "I had a great time playing tag and some of the other drills we did. It was a lot of fun."
The Junior Rangers program is a major fan development initiative for the Rangers, designed to promote and grow the sport of hockey within the New York metropolitan area. This program offers the team's younger fans the chance to enjoy exclusive Blueshirt opportunities made available to them through a variety of on and off-ice initiatives.
For more information on the Junior Rangers Youth Hockey program, including information on future clinic dates and times, click here
. The Junior Rangers Youth Hockey Program is presented by Powerade.