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Rangers Alumni Team Up for On-Ice Clinic at The Garden

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The New York Rangers, as part of their Junior Rangers youth hockey initiative, will team up with skaters from the Ice Hockey In Harlem and Mt. Vernon Youth Hockey programs to host an ice hockey clinic on Saturday, January 15. The hour-long session, which will be hosted by Rangers alumni Jeff Beukeboom and Rod Gilbert, will take place at Madison Square Garden, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Alumni will guide the 50 young skaters (ages 8 to 16 years) through various on-ice practice drills and then sign autographs and answer questions for all those in attendance.

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 allows the team’s younger fans the chance to enjoy exclusive benefits made available to them through a variety of on and off-ice initiatives.

Celebrating its 17th year, Ice Hockey in Harlem (IHIH), is a not-for-profit, community-based organization for youth that uses the sport of hockey to promote academic achievement, responsibility and teamwork. IHIH’s mission is to offer a hockey program along with educational and social services to children in the Harlem community, ages 4-17. The program strives to provide Harlem youth with the opportunity to learn the game of hockey along with guidance and counseling to the children and their families leading to better educational and eventual career opportunities. All IHIH programs and activities are available at no cost to Harlem youngsters. This winter, the program is serving over 250 inner-city youths.

Mt. Vernon Youth Hockey (MVYH) organization, a member of the Hudson Valley Youth Hockey League, offers competition for skaters, ages 6-18. The mission of the Mount Vernon Hockey Club is to empower the "at-risk” inner city youth of Mount Vernon and the surrounding communities with an activity which is not otherwise available to them, while also providing a safe learning environment. MVYH utilizes the game of ice hockey as a catalyst for teaching important life skills such as responsibility, discipline, teamwork, ethics and character, so that these same “at-risk” inner-city youth can see the importance of community responsibility.
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