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Rangers Assist to Celebrate Re-Opening of Playland Ice Casino

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Rangers Assist supported by Chase will be making its 2nd stop of the 2014-15 season on January 25th at Playland Ice Casino in Rye, NY. The rink, which has close ties to the Rangers organization and served as the team’s practice facility prior to the MSG Training Center opening in 2005, was forced to close after it was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. For two years the facility has been undergoing a massive restoration project costing millions of dollars.

When word broke of the damage to the rink, the Rangers Assist project fell into place. With the support of Chase, the Rangers were able to give back to the rink that they called home for decades. Playland was the practice facility of the NY Rangers for 23 years, including in 1994 when the team won the Stanley Cup. “I was very fortunate to call Rye Playland home for ten memorable years. We are all very excited and proud to be able to participate in the. NY Rangers Assist program, ensuring local kids the opportunity to skate and play hockey for years to come!” said Rangers alumni and Stanley Cup winner Adam Graves.

The celebratory event will consist of a Try Hockey for Free session open to nearly 100 beginners ages 4-10 and offer kids with no playing or skating experience the opportunity to learn from Rangers alumni. Following Try Hockey for Free will be a public skate open to the Rye community. The afternoon will be capped by an exhibition game featuring Rangers alumni from the 1994 Stanley Cup Championship team. In addition, a silent auction will be held on site with exclusive prizes and experiences that fans can bid on. All proceeds will benefit the Playland Ice Casino.

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