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Rangers returning to Bryant Park this season

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

· 2006-07 Rangers at The Pond schedule

Last season, the Rangers' partnership with The Pond at Bryant Park was such a success that more than 100,000 fans had an opportunity to enjoy free ice time while also meeting Rangers players and alumni over a series of memorable evenings.

Fans will get that chance again during the 2006-07 season, thanks to a continuation of this very special partnership between the Blueshirts and The Pond.

"We are excited about this opportunity and the ability to continue to bring the Rangers experience to the New York City community," said Rangers Vice President of Marketing Services Janet Duch upon releasing this season's schedule of four events involving the team.

Hockey Hall of Famer and Rangers legend Rod Gilbert was on hand last Monday to help open The Pond's 2006-07 season. As part of the festivities, Gilbert addressed a Bryant Park audience filled with Blueshirts fans.

The Hall of Famer will be back at Bryant Park on Saturday, representing the Rangers at an open house event in honor of The Pond's new skating school. The school will feature other Rangers alumni on select Saturday mornings during the season. The school is a new facet of this season's partnership, giving children a chance to join former players on the ice while learning how to improve their skating.

Saturday's open house will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children will be able to receive free skating lessons and skate rentals, and will have the opportunity skate with Gilbert, who will attend the event from 11 a.m. to noon.

"Skating is easier than walking,"Gilbert said at The Pond's Oct. 30 opening. "It will be a great opportunity to teach and show these kids how much fun it can be."

In addition, the Rangers will once again host some popular events from last year's inaugural partnership. This includes appearances by players and alumni, the annual Holiday Toy Drive, a viewing party to watch a Rangers game on a large-screen projection system, and a wide variety of Rangers skating theme nights.

Bryant Park is located behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
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