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Rangers to Host NHL BREAKOUT 2000 on September 23rd & 24th

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
NHL BREAKOUT 2000 will come to Rye Playland this Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, the largest BREAKOUT in the tour’s six year history, will feature more than 140 local teams of all ages and skill levels, competing in state-of-the-art NHL CoolAir inflatable rinks. The weekend also will feature interactive hockey activities, along with live music and an auction featuring New York Rangers autographed merchandise. Admission is free for all activities, excluding organized tournament play.

In addition to the weekend’s activities, Rangers’ alumni Glenn Anderson and Brian Mullen will be hosting a clinic on Saturday at 11 a.m. for a group of children from TASC - The After-School Corporation. The New York Rangers, in association with Madison Square Garden’s Cheering for Children Foundation, are deeply involved in the TASC initiative, joining forces to impact the lives of some 16,000 middle school-aged children in New York City.

On Sunday at 12:30 p.m., Rangers forward Manny Malhotra, defenseman Jason Doig and Mullen will be on hand to conduct a hockey clinic for boys and girls from the New York chapter of the Inner-City Games. The clinic will involve a chalk talk/hockey 101 lesson followed by street hockey instruction and a brief mini-game. Equipment will be provided for the participants in addition to lunch and prizes. The Inner-City Games aim to provide opportunities for inner-city youth to participate in sports, educational, cultural and community enrichment programs; to build confidence and self-esteem; to encourage youth to say "no" to gangs, drugs and violence.

Since the tour’s inception six years ago, more than 1.5 million people have attended NHL BREAKOUT events. Winners from each of this season’s 22 tour stops, as well as the 2000 European Champion from Stockholm, Sweden, qualify to participate in NHL BREAKOUT The Championships, Jan. 12-14, 2001, in Orlando, Florida.

NHL BREAKOUT 2000 is presented by Dodge, IBM, POWERaDE and Mission Hockey. Supporting partners include Parabolics In-Line Wheels, Sega, MBNA, Awards.com and Febreeze in North America plus Bell Express Vu in Canada. Expo Sponsors include Topps, Franklin, Zephyr GRAF-X and mysportsguru.com. USA Hockey InLine and Canadian Hockey provide their expertise in officiating and instructional programs, and all games are played with the Z-Ball, from Sun Hockey. NHL Breakout 2000 is supported locally by MSG Network, The Journal News and Z-100.

NHL BREAKOUT 2000 TOUR - GENERAL INFORMATION

WHO:
Saturday:
- Rangers alumni Glenn Anderson and Brian Mullen.
- The After-School Corporation youth hockey clinic

Sunday:
- Rangers alumni Rod Gilbert
- Rangers Manny Malhotra, Jason Doig
- Inner-City Games youth hockey clinic

WHAT:
NHL Breakout 2000 includes:
- Street and In-Line Hockey Tournaments, featuring more than 140 local teams of all ages and skill levels, competing in state-of-the-art NHL CoolAir inflatable rinks.
- Fans interested in free in-line skate trials can enter the Misson Hockey Demo Zone.
- The IBM/NHL Goal Gallery, which offers an opportunity for fans to hone their skills and test their shooting accuracy.
- POWERaDE/NHL Street Hockey Games, in which fans compete in stick-handling, puck control, speed and accuracy competitions.
- The chance for fans to test their stick-handling, shooting accuracy and breakaway speed at the NHL Play-off Pursuit, an interactive hockey activity center.
- The Dodge/NHL Slapshot Cage, which measures the speed of fans’ slapshots with a radar gun-equipped slap shot cage.
- NHL Between the Pipes, where fans can suit up in net and experience what it’s like to be an NHL goaltender.

WHERE:
Playland - Located on Playland Parkway, Exit 19 off I-95 in Rye, New York.

WHEN:
Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 2000 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
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