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Prospects 'Humbled' by Tour of The Garden

by Matthew Calamia / New York Rangers

The look on the faces of the Rangers' prospects said it all when the group was brought inside the Rangers' locker room on Wednesday during a tour of The Garden.

"It's really cool," said 2016 third-round pick Sean Day, who couldn't get the smile off his face. "As a kid, you get to go into locker rooms sometimes and see around and see the players' stalls, but to know that it's a team you're drafted to - it's a little different."

Day, a defenseman, said the coolest part of getting a look into the Rangers' dressing room was seeing the defensmen's stalls. He said that knowing they were once in his position is "humbling,."

The group toured The Garden alongside Adam Graves and Chris Drury, and the history of the building was not wasted on the 30 or so prospects taking part in this week's prospect camp. For many, it was their first time inside The World's Most Famous Arena, and the awe of the iconic building on Seventh Avenue was something none will soon forget.

"It's breathtaking," Tim Gettinger said. "Being my first time in New York, coming into a place like this with so much history, the video we watched, it definitely gives you goose bumps. It's pretty awesome."

Even for those who have been inside the arena, the behind-the-scenes tour was a special moment.

"So cool, just seeing all the history and all the things on the walls, it's just unbelievable," said Ryan Gropp, who attended a preseason game last season.

The players couldn't help by allow their minds to wander to the possibility of them playing for the Rangers, to calling The Garden home.

"It gives you the chills," said Steven Fogarty, one of the first-timers in the group. "Just seeing all the tradition and the history in the building just makes you want to work that much harder to get here."

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