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Pelino, Beukeboom Host Latest Youth Hockey Clinic

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
On Sunday, March 6, Rangers Assistant Coach Mike Pelino (photo-right) and former Blueshirt defenseman Jeff Beukeboom hosted three on-ice instructional clinics for over 125 local youth hockey players at the MSG Training Center as part of the Junior Rangers Youth Hockey program. The clinics were broken up into three separate 90-minute sessions ... 8-10 year olds, 10-12 year olds and 12-17 year olds.

By the looks and sounds of it, players, parents and everyone else involved truly enjoyed the experience.

"I am very proud of our training center and I am pleased that we have the opportunity to showcase our facility to the parents and participants who are a part of our Junior Ranger clinics," Pelino told us in-between clinic sessions. "I also enjoy working with the Rangers community relations staff and with various Ranger alumni like (Jeff) Beukeboom, Nick Kypreos and Brian Mullen. The best part, however, is sharing time on the ice with the youth hockey players and hopefully helping to provide them with a wonderful experience."

Many of the parents were pleased to see a change of pace between the drills that their children typically experience in their normal practices and what the players were exposed to in the clinics.

"Kyle couldn't wait to be here and I think the clinic is run very nicely," said Doreen McEvaddy, mother of 11-year old Kyle McEveddy. "The drills are a little different than he normally does at his normal practices for his travel team, which is a great change for these kids. It allows them to develop their skills more."

Scott Martin, father of clinic participant Jonny Martin agreed.

"I think its great that the kids get to see where the Rangers practice and I think the drills that they do out there are great. You can't get anything but the best here. Jonny couldn't wait to be here."

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.
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