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Rangers and IHIH Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The Rangers teamed up with kids from the Ice Hockey In Harlem (IHIH) program this afternoon as they hosted an on-ice hockey clinic celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday.

The clinic, run by Rangers goaltender Dan Blackburn (right) and forwards Jamie Lundmark and John Tripp, took place at Lasker Rink in Central Park. The Blueshirt players guided the young skaters through various on-ice practice drills, followed by an autograph session for all those in attendance.

On January 16, Matthew Barnaby, Mike Dunham, Dale Purinton, Rico Fata and Gordie Dwyer were on hand greeting fans and signing autographs at the Annual Ice Hockey In Harlem Annual Sports Auction at the Park Avenue Country Club in Manhattan. Exclusive live and silent auctions were held with unique Rangers and sports memorabilia available for those in attendance.

Celebrating its 16th year, Ice Hockey in Harlem, 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.

For more information on the Ice Hockey in Harlem program, visit
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